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I just bought a Router and trying to use the eithernet cable, will not work with that but works great with USB cable.

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  • Jsdunican Jul 10, 2008

    The Modem is a cable modem, Motorola SB5100, it will not work with a ethernet cable. The Router i'm trying to hook up to it is a WRT160N Linksys, that I just purchased.

    JD

  • Tim Babcock
    Tim Babcock May 11, 2010

    Usually a router has additional networks ports for ethernet cable and not a usb port. Is this a dsl or cable modem?

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It could be a faulty eternet port on the modem.

If you followed the instructions on the setup Cd that came with the router and it isn't picking up. Chances are the modem needs to be replaced.

Posted on Jul 10, 2008

  • Tim Babcock
    Tim Babcock Jul 10, 2008

    Aother thing you could try is taking a crossover ethernet cable (not a standard one) and plug it into the network port in the back of your computer. See if it detects it. If it doesn't detect than it is the modem. If it does then the modem port on the router could be bad.



    Make sure its a crossover ethernet cable and not a standard one.

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