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Recently had a Belkin Wireless system install at home that keeps dropping the line in my room so want to use ASDL cable to connect to my computer what is the best modem card to get to do this

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Hello MatthewNicol

You wouldn't need an adapter card for your computer unless it does not support a hard-wired ethernet connection.

The DSL modem would connect directly to your computer via an ethernet patch cable just at it does currently to your Belkin N1 router.

Some DSL and Cable modems support a connection to a computer via a USB cable but this method is not recommended unless an ethernet connection is not available and not an option to install on your computer. (Connecting via a USB cable to your DSL modem will require a driver for the DSL modem, too.)

To connect (hard-wired) to your computer from your DSL modem, disconnect the ethernet patch cable that is connected to the WAN (Internet) port of your router and connect it, instead, to your computer. If it isn't long enough, replace the etherenet patch cable w/ one that is.

Before you make this cabling change, remove power from your router and from your DSL modem. Once you're finished w/ the cabling, restore power to the DSL modem.

Make sure the hard-wired NIC is enabled on your computer and that it is configured according to your ISPs requirements. (Just let us know if you need assistance w/ this.)

NOTE: W/ this arrangement, you will not have the ability to share the Internet w/ other computers via your router. You'd have to do so through your computer. (You cannot directly connect both your router and your computer to the DSL modem.)

If you need Internet connectivity for two or more computers, we could explore why your wireless connection is being dropped. I'd recommend doing that b4 abandoning the use of your wireless router.

If you'd like to look into that issue...:

(Q-01) Where is the router physically located in relation to the computer whose connection is dropping?

(Q-02) Is the router situated up high w/ clear LOS (line of site) to your computer?

(Q-03) If it is not in the same room, have you tried using one or more wireless repeaters?

(Q-04) Is the wireless adapter on your computer an N1 adapter?

(Q-05) If not, is the router configured to support your adapter properly? (802.11g or 802.11b)

(Q-06) If your wireless adapter is N1 are the other computers on your network (that are connecting wirelessly) using N1 adapters also?

(07) If they are, then set the router to N1 compatibility only.

(08) Do the same w/ Wireless G if all the computers' wirless adapters are 802.11g adapters. Include Wirless 802.11b compatibility ONLY if you have one or more computers on your network using 802.11b wireless adapters.

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Posted on Apr 20, 2008

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    B Joan Rapier Apr 20, 2008

    Markk7171 brings up a good point, too. That is that you can connect "wired" to your router rather than using its wireless connection if you like. This would give you a way to bypass using your router's wireless connection while at the same time continue sharing your Internet connection w/ other computers on your network.



    If, however, you are experiencing intermittent connectivity w/ this router both wired and wirelessly then there is a problem w/ the router. Please, let us know if that is the case.


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Your ISP should provide you with an external modem that would be connected to your phone line, then you would connect the modem to one of the wired connections on the back of the router, or directly to the back of your computer.

However, if you insist on an internal modem, I would suggest either a U.S. Robotics or Encore brand.

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