USB Broadband to wireless router through desktop PC
Satellite modem - Ethernet cable connection to Netcomm NB504 wireless router - Standard RF cable to Desktop PC - Netcomm wireless USB key for laptop (laptop not WI-FI - needs the Netcomm key to receive signal) - All works well.
New Setup: Changing Broadband provider. No cable network available (hence the expensive satellite ISP) but now can access "3's" wireless broadband with the assistance of an external antenna using the Huawei E160G USB Modem (much cheaper rates and gets good reccommendations from others in the area).
Problem: Now I need to get the Broadband signal to my wife's laptop via the Netcomm USB key and wireless router.
The 3 Broadband USB modem plugs into my Desktop - all works - fast internet etc. My desktop does not have an Ethernet out socket to connect to the wireless router. I've been thinking something like this might help... USB 2.0 Ethernet 10 100 LAN Network Adapter Card RJ-45. Would a gadget like this enable me to initialise the wireless router through the desktop - therefore getting signal to my wife's laptop again?
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Re: USB Broadband to wireless router through desktop PC
If I get you right you are useing a 3g Internet connection and have a router wich conets the 2 computers together, the problem is that you can't share the internet connection. Without any information about the operateing systems I can tell you the idea: First you need to disable DHCP server on the router and use static IP addresses on both PC, the IP address should be something like
In this IP configuration above PC1 has the 3g modem connected. This was the easy part, hard part is to share the internet connection on the network, that's a little different ritual on every operateing system, try to use google to get your specific one.
However there's a much more easier way to solve all your problems if you can't make it work, but it costs money. All you need to buy is a 3G router and that will do the same thing for you what your old router did. I did a little search for you on Australian Ebay to see what you can get. But I'm sure you have your own cheapbfavourite source of computer hardware as well.
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Currently, the most common way to connect a desktop system to the internet, is by using the network jack to connect to a broadband cable modem or DSL modem. To do either you must have the service from either you cable provider or phone company (For DSL) and have the modem device for the service. Fees run $20 to $50 a month depending on speed you subscribe.
You connect the device to the system using a CAT5 network cable to a RJ45 (8 wire telephone type jack). Some Cable/DSL modems also have USB connection capability for the few systems these days that do not have a built in RJ45 connector To use them, you install the associated software, then connect the USB cable when prompted.
If you don't have Cable/DSL then dial up telephone modem is the next option, this requires a telephone modem that has an RJ11c telephone cord jack connection, most current computers only have a telephone modem as an option, but they can still be bought for around $20 and you will require a dial up internet service (Few remain, one is Netzero in the USA)
This wireless router does not have any USB connection on it. Types of connection available on this router are wireless and Ethernet. You can check on the modem if there is an Ethernet port on it.
If your modem has an Ethernet port, I recommend that you test the Ethernet connection using one of your computers. We want to make sure that the Ethernet connection on the modem is enabled. If not, you may need to contact your ISP or the modem manufacturer to make sure that the Ethernet will work before you install the router.
If your modem does not have have an Ethernet port on it. This is not the router that will do the work for you. And I personally does not seen any router yet with the USB port for the modem.
You should find the manual that comes with the Router. It will have good instructions on the details to configure this.
Basically you will use your browser on your desktop to connect to a web page within your nb504 router. You will turn on wireless connections and enable security plus give your wireless network a name. Once that is done you will configure security on your laptop to connect to your wireless network.
Don't skip the security bit or your neighbors will be able to use your internet connection for free.
The default settings in modem devices are really good these days so follow the recommendations in your router manual and you should be able to figure it out.
If you can't find your router manual you should be able to download it from Netcomm.
First try connection the Yellow ethernet cable from the rca modem to your computer's network connection. If you get a connection this way, then your modem will work with a ethernet cable. If not, then call Comcast for help. The modem ethernet out to computer port must be connected to the wan line of the router. Then you can connect an ethernet cable from your computer network connection to one of the 4 ports of the router. For wireless connections you must set up the router and wireless adaptor with the same settings to connect. Follow the routers directions.
You can still use your existing Linksys router with your cable modem. In fact the router your have is designed to work with DSL/Cable Broadband connections.
1. Make sure to properly connec the devices in your network. Modem will be connected to the Internet port of the router. Then, laptop will be connected to one of the 4 Ethernet ports of the router. For initial setup of your router with modem, you need to hardwire laptop to the router.
2. Press and hold reset at the back of the router for about 15 seconds.
3. After 15 seconds turn off the router and then turn off the modem. Wait for a minute.
4. Power on modem and wait for the lights to be ready.
5. When modem lights are on, turn on router.
6. There should be 4 lights on. Power should be steady green. Internet, WLAN and Ethernet port.
7. Checked if you have Internet connectivity on your laptop while it is wired to the router.
8. If Internet is working, disconnect laptop from wired connection to the router and check available wireless network that laptop can detect.
9. The default wireless network name that the Linksys router broadcasts is "linksys". Connect to it which is an unsecured wireless network.
10. Once you are successfully connected, check Internet.
You have to check if your computer can connect to the modem with an Ethernet cable. This will tell you if the ethernet port on the modem is working. if that does not work call your cable provider.
Next thing after you get the instructions above done.
Press the reset button on the back of the router> press it in for 30 seconds then let go and pull out the power. Connect the router up the way it should be before you reset by the way. check if you have internet if you do not follow hte directions at teh link below.
Please see my response to this question. Your university's connection is most probably a LAN connection, so you'd need to follow the instructions as if you had a cable internet connection (unlike DSL, a LAN connection and cable internet connection don't require authentication with the ISP).