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Wireless router needing ethernet connection?

I purchased a Linksys wireless router yesterday so I could connect my new laptop to my Comcast high-speed modem at home. I was struggling with the installation of the thing last night and Linksys support seems to think that the problem is that I connect my modem to my PC via a USB connection rather than an ethernet cord. I am assuming my PC has an ethernet card but it is a few years old so maybe not. I have Internet service if the USB is connected but no the ethernet cord. I have someone from Comcast coming in a week or so to see if it is simply a defective modem.

Is the ethernet connection essential for a wireless router to work? Is there a wireless router that does not need an ethernet connection? Maybe I bought the wrong thing.

Please advise. Maybe I can still return the router if there is something that would be better. Thank you!

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  • ABVT66 May 23, 2008

    I did get the cables and they are all connected. I haven't had time to check my device manager on the PC to verify the presence of lack thereof of an ethernet card, but if I don't have an ethernet card in my PC (for some reason), is that something I can buy or are there wireless routers that don't need an etehrnet connection to work?

  • Becky Jan 17, 2009

    I bought a laptop then a Belkin router. I was able to connect just fine to the internet. Then we disconnected from the internet for a while. Now we have Comcast. I cannot access the Internet through my laptop. I've called Belkin twice, but I've gotten so irritated with the two techs I spoke with simply because I could not understand them. My desktop works just fine with the Comcast modem. Man, I need some help!!!!

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Hi ABVT66 - Didn't your router come with two short cables? It should have. One is the cable that hooks up the modem to your router and the other is the cat5 (ethernet) cable that connects your router to your pc. Let me know if you have these cables. Also, if you check your device manager on your pc, click on the + next to network adapters and it will tell you your network adapter. DON'T RATE THIS 'TIL WE'RE DONE. Thanks.

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