Good router, plus Modem ?

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  1. Challenger78 Valued Senior Member

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    Is there anything that connects a desktop computer to the internet, but also acts as a wireless router ? all in the one package.

    We've barely used our wireless,mainly because I couldn't get the thing to work properly without disconnecting one connection or the other.

    Any recommendations ?
     
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  3. Montec Registered Senior Member

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    Hello Challenger78

    Are you on cable or DSL.
    I am using a D-Link DSL-G604T. No problems so far.

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  5. ashura the Old Right Registered Senior Member

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    All in one's are generally inferior to dedicated components and I'd never recommend them. What I would recommend is: For a modem, you'll be more than safe with a Motorola SB5120. For the wireless router, if you're just doing basic web browsing and stuff, the Linksys WRT54G-L will be fine. If you're torrenting, VOIPing, or generally doing anything that requires a decent number of connections and good QoS, I'd recommend the D-Link DIR-655 (which is what I use).

    However, if you're still determined to go with an all in one, you can go with this .

    I'm assuming here that you're using cable. If you're using DSL, I'll have to find you different modems.
     
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  7. Norsefire Salam Shalom Salom Registered Senior Member

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    2Wire 2700-HGB
     
  8. Syzygys As a mother, I am telling you Valued Senior Member

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    You usually get a modem from your ISP, so you don't have to spend money on it.
     
  9. Challenger78 Valued Senior Member

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    Hey,

    Using DSL atm.
    Whoops, should have mentioned that earlier, eh.
     
  10. Repo Man Valued Senior Member

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    Your best bet is probably to tell us what wireless router you have. We might be able to help you get it working properly.
     
  11. Challenger78 Valued Senior Member

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    DI 524. Followed the instructions, and Ethernet ports work fine. Wireless is tempermental.
     
  12. Repo Man Valued Senior Member

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    What model is your DSL modem? Have you tried updating your D Link's firmware? Is there a specific error when you lose wireless connectivity?
     
  13. Challenger78 Valued Senior Member

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    I still have a connection to the modem, just not the internet.
     
  14. kazakhan Registered Abuser Registered Senior Member

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    Bah humbug

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    The Billion 7404VGPM or similar is the way to go

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  15. draqon Banned Banned

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    yeah but usually they give you the crappiest thing they got and not wireless obviously so I had to get a wireless router
     
  16. Repo Man Valued Senior Member

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    Have you updated the firmware? Are you using WEP or WPA (you should be using WPA)?
     
  17. Challenger78 Valued Senior Member

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    Using WEP, Can't access the router from my desktop, and since I can't access the internet from my laptop, I haven't updated my firmware.
     
  18. Syzygys As a mother, I am telling you Valued Senior Member

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    I was talking about the MODEM. I am not aware that any of the ISP would give out routers too. Of course the router is up to the costumer...
     
  19. Repo Man Valued Senior Member

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    Still need to know the make and model of your DSL modem. There can be modem specific set up that needs to be done.

    Why can't you access the router from your desktop? The modem should be plugged into the router, and all of your computers should be going through the router, whether Cat5 or wireless.
     
  20. Avatar smoking revolver Valued Senior Member

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    I too have Linksys WRT54GL, it's quite good.
     
  21. Syzygys As a mother, I am telling you Valued Senior Member

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    OP should call Geeksquad or the IPS and for $60 they would fix it... If you couldn't figure it out by now, chances are you won't...
     
  22. Repo Man Valued Senior Member

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    I don't know why you're dragging your feet on this Challenger. This is the sort of thing you might need to do depending on what modem you are using.

    A while back, my old DSL router died, and I called SBC to get a new one. Since nothing is EVER truly plug-and-play, I had a couple of rather hairy hours getting reconnected to the web. When I finally figured out how to make all my devices play well together, I wrote the following, and since I keep referring back to it, I thought I'd post it. At least that way it's accessible wherever I need it to be.
    (Caveat, this is written to be done with a PC connected by wire to the router. These directions will not work if you're trying to make the changes via a wireless connection. Oh, and I have my own admin username and password on my D-Link, but you might be using the default. I did not include that info here, figuring you'll already know that part.) Where I use "quotes" to denote something to type, just type the stuff within the quote marks. Anything where I use [brackets] denotes a button to click.


    Here goes. So, you have a DI-524 that’s set to be at IP address 192.168.0.1. Then, you connect your SpeedStream 4100 (which defaults to 192.168.0.1) and all goes to hell. Here’s what to do.


    1. Print this out so you have step-by-step instructions. You're going to lose your Internet connection temporarily. But don't despair. It will return in just 16 more steps.

    2. Turn off the SpeedStream, so you don't have an IP conflict.

    3. Connect to your DI-524 through the browser and change the IP address. (I chose 192.168.0.2).

    4. Save the config change and restart the DI-524.

    5. Unplug your PC from the DI-524, and plug it directly into the Ethernet port of the SpeedStream.

    6. In your web browser, go to 192.168.0.1 (the SpeedStream's IP address) and log in with your account info (user@sbcglobal.net and your password)

    7. Click on Advanced. If it asks for an access code, it's on a label on the bottom of your SpeedStream, and it's labeled (nicely) Modem Access Code.

    8. Go to Advanced>PPP Location, and click on "Bridged Mode"

    9. Click [Save Changes] to restart the SpeedStream

    10. Now, connect the computer, DI-524, and SpeedStream the way you'd expect: PC plugs into the Ethernet port on the DI-524. DI-524 connects from WAN port to the Ethernet port on the SpeedStream. SpeedStream connects to the DSL line.

    11. Make sure your PC has a good IP address.
    1. Go to Start>Run>type "cmd" and then click [OK]

    2. Type "ipconfig /all"

    3. You should have an IP like 192.168.0.100, with a subnet mask 255.255.255.0. Default gateway, DHCP server, and DNS server can all be pointing to 192.168.0.2

    4. Type "exit" at the prompt to close the Command window


    12. Open your browser and go to http://192.168.0.2 (your DI-524) and log in with the adminstrator username and password.

    13. Go to the Status tab, and look for Connection under the WAN section of the screen.

    14. Click [Connect]. The IP address, subnet mast, default gateway, and DNS will fill in.

    15. Close your D-Link config and try browsing to a website.

    16. Viola! (Well, it worked for me.)


    Several of the tech support sites have posts about how the SpeedStream randomly loses its connection. It's not that. What I've noticed is that if I haven't been on the web in a couple of days, I have to log into my DI-524, go to the Status tab, and reconnect. Then, I can browse away.

    http://hantbeth.blogspot.com/2008/03/help-for-sbc-dsl-dlink-di-524-and.html
     
  23. Stryder Keeper of "good" ideas. Valued Senior Member

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    Just a point. I think the Router I dealt with that was wireless required that it was set using a computer connected by the Ethernet port as proportion of it's security as well as dealing with the wireless when it's not actually configured or password protected.

    So in short, if you are going to Administer your Router, do so via a Cabled connection rather than over wireless. (Even mentioned in Repo's post)

    During setup of wireless if you find you are having drops in your connection, try changing from the default channel (usually 11) to another channel. Just remember to mirror the change across the devices you intend to connect.
     
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