I have just switched internet providers and now i have a new modem but no router..i was wondering if it is possible to switch off the modem on my old modem/router (belkin 54g) and use it just as a router
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Re: switch off modem on belkin 54g
I'm guessing DSL to CABLE switch? Most will tell you no but it can be done. ISPs commonly use dual modem/router type devices in order to charge some sort of fee every month to the consumer.
Essentially what you're going to be doing is running a line from your wall to the modem. Now instead of running a line directly from the modem to the PC what you're going to be doing is I believe plugging it in to the 4th position on the back of the combo device. 1st you may have to reconfigure the device for your new ISPs information ie. DNS SUFFIX, IP ADDRESS, etc. Don't quote me on this but I believe to do that you'll have to connect the ethernet line directly from the PC to the combo device via port 1 on the device. That will enable you to configure the device as you would any other router.
It's all a bit of a pain in the rear but it can be done. I've noticed forums around the net describing the process in further detail but without model specific information the best I can say is yes someone somewhere would know how to do it so don't let anyone especially your ISP say that it can't be done.
Best of luck!
Source: Personal experience switching from VZW to COMCAST =]
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I recently purchased a new wireless card for my desktop, it was a Linksys 54g with speedbooster but after the switch the networks I was connecting to (Free wireless from my apartments) will no longer connect. The old card that I had was just an offbrand card which used the microsoft zero connection tool to configure, this new card attemps to use the software included and ive tried to switch between the two different connection configuration tools both can detect the routers but when trying to connect it does not even get to the aquiring access key stage. the router is not passworded so I guess I was just wondering can this new card not connect to the router maybe due to brands? possibly the router is belkin or something of that sort and this linksys card cannot connect? I had before gotten it to connect at the very good 54kbps or whatever the number is but it would not let me access internet and then said limited/no connectivity. I also tried to change the settings on my wireless card and set them to 802.11b only, 54g auto, 54g LRS or Performance but all had the same result, I switched the default channel to match that of the router as well still nothing. dell inspiron 1525 battery
If you connect the computer directly to the modem, does it work? If that works then the modem is working. Now connect the computer to the router and the modem to the router. You will need to open the set up page of the router to check the settings of the router. You can set up the router without the CD also. It is very easy. Click Here for step by step instructions about how to set up the router
If you can access the configuration page of your belkin router you have to copy the MAC address of your computer to the router. The router has the capability to clone the MAC address. It's because if you have a cable internet connection the MAC address is registered in the server.
typical setup: make sure everything is switched OFF, then, you will plug one side of the wire to the "WAN" port on your belkin and the other side of the same wire will go in the "LAN" port on the cable/DSL modem/device.
then you would take another wire and this time you will plug one side of the wire in the "LAN" port on your belkin router and the other side of the wire into your desktop/laptop computer.
1.first power on the cable/DSL modem, wait 20 - 30 seconds for the modem to go in ready state. 2. power on the belkin and wait another 15- 20 seconds for it to become ready. 3. finally power up your PC and everything should be good to go.
Note: if router is new and came with setup CD run that in the computer and follow instructions.
let me know if there are any issues.
Hope this helps, please vote.
Are you sure your modem is giving a WAN IP from your ISP? Try power-cycling your modem with your router unplugged then bring up your router next, if you havent tried that already... After that try connecting your modem directly to a PC and set your NIC card to DHCP and see if you get an IP address thats routable to the internet (i.e not a private IP)