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Re: cannot connect to internet thru ethernet jack on...
It could be. Check your Device Manager and make sure the device isn't disabled. Also each adapter has its own TCP/IP settings so make sure yours on your ethernet adapter are set the same as your USB adapter that is working. If it does turn out to be bad you can always add a new ethernet card for cheap.
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It's not clear what exactly you mean. Generally, you don't connect two computers together using a USB cord. You can use a "cross-over ethernet cable" to connect the network jack of one computer to another computer. This allows transferring files and/or sharing an internet connection. If you have a wireless router you can enable Windows "File and Printer Sharing" on each computer and transfer files that way. Please provide more details of what you're trying to accomplish by connecting the computers together with a USB cable, and we may be able to give you a more specific answer.
First you need to know if your computer is set up to connect to the Internet. Look on the back of the computer and find the Ethernet connector (looks like a large version a phone jack). If you have this, simply connect the cable that came with your modem and then make sure both ends of said cable are plugged in. It doesn't matter which end of the cable goes where.
If you don't have one of this ports, you need to use a USB port to install a wireless receiver - these usually smaller than a thumb drive. Install the software for the receiver (or it may do so automatically) and you should be able to connect to a wireless router.
1.Unplug all phone, fax and satellite TV cables from the wall phone jacks.
2.Plug the double DSL filter into the wall phone jack where the 2701HG-B will be located.
3.Plug the phone wire (for phone, fax, etc.) into the jack on the filter labeled "Phone."
4.Plug the gray phone cable into the other jack on the filter labeled "DSL."
5.Add the single DSL filters on all remaining phone jacks in the same manner, plugging the device phone cables into the filter. The single filters only have one jack.
6.Plug the power adapter into the power port on the back of the 2710HG-B router and then plug the other end into a power outlet. This will cause the power light on the front of the router to turn green.
7.Plug the free end of the gray phone cable into the port on the back of the router labeled "Phone Line."
8.Plug one end of the yellow Ethernet cable into one of the four ports on the back of the router labeled "Ethernet."
9.Plug the other end of the Ethernet cable into your computer's Ethernet port. The Ethernet light on the router should now be green.
10.Plug the power adapter into the back of the 2701HG-B and the wall power outlet.
11.Plug the gray phone cable into the jack on the back of the router labeled "Phone Line."
12.Open the Network and Sharing Center on your computer by right-clicking the Internet connection icon in your taskbar.
13.Click "Set up a new connection or network" and follow the instructions provided by the wizard to set up the wireless connection on your computer.
14.Enter the SSID and WEP key when prompted. The SSID is "2WIRE" followed by the last three digits of the router's serial number, which is located on the bottom side of your 2701HG-B router. You will also be prompted to enter a WEP encryption key, also found on the bottom side of the router. The WEP key is the 10 digit number that appears in brackets under the first bar code.
Does your cable modem have wireless internet? If so, you can buy a Netgear wireless usb port adapter for about $20 and use that to connect wirelessly to the internet. Your pc has usb port connections - right? (Usb port looks like a rectangle)
If you don't want to use a wireless connection you can purchase a cable modem with a usb connection for about $65. You run the ethernet cable to the modem and then a usb cable from the modem to your pc.
If you have a serial cable connection on your pc (looks like a round circle with tiny metal pins in it) you can buy a gender changer and convert that to usb (in case you dont have a usb connection or need another one). You can buy one for about $11.
You can buy an I/O Gear bluetooth usb adapter for $13 and pick up the internet via bluetooth by putting it in your usb port but I'm unsure how well it would work with Win 98.
If you have another pc that has an ethernet connection you could use good old fashioned bi directional printer cable and network both computers together. You may need to upgrade to win xp for networking capabilities.
Not sure what the problem is, but from what i am reading i am suprised that anything worked at all. A modem jack in your computer is for telephone lines, and the cable modem needs a cat 5 network cable as well as a ethernet card attatched to your computer. ethernet card in your computer cat5 cable runs from the card to the cable modem. Magic jack requires a usb connection as well as a broadband connection to work.
Did you have it working with another computer before? It would normally use an ethernet cable between the router and laptop. Your laptop needs an ethernet connector (or maybe a USB port if your router supports a USB connector). Sometimes the ethernet port is built into the laptop. It looks like a phone jack (you may have a couple of modem jacks on your laptop, which is not what you want). It's bigger and has 6 wires instead of 4. Another way to connect an ethernet cable to your laptop is a PCMCIA card. They plug into a thin, wide port on the side of your laptop. It also would have the 6-wire jack built into it. Router setup is another issue if you need help with that.
The "smaller" plug you're talking about is an RJ45 plug, used for dial-up Internet - you'll get nowhere with that. You have a couple of options if you want to hook up your Ethernet cable.
As you mentioned, yes there are plenty of USB to Ethernet adaptors out there, this is the simplest way of getting an Ethernet port on your computer.
There are also PCI Ethernet Cards if you fancy your chances at installing it inside the computer, this will make it a little tidier and they're usually a little cheaper too. Your PCI slots, once installed will have the plugs located at the back of your PC, horizontally angled at the bottom - you usually have at least 4 slots, at the max of 7.