Is there a difference in the patch cables which come with the subject equipment ?? If I use the Speedstream cable to connect the computer to the router and the Linksys cable to connect the modem to the router, I was unable to connect the the internet from the computer ( all lights said everything was OK ). For the heck of it, I used the Speedstream cable to connect the modem and router, and the Linksys cable to connect the computer and router, and everything then worked OK. I know they're both patch cables ( not crossover ), so what's the difference ??
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Re: Speedstream 4200 and Linksys WRT54G router
There are several types of patch cables, but basically there are 2 general types: one for servers (they keep the websites) and for computers. the servers need to communicate with each other in order to be in sync. so some cables are switched in one end. The computers just want to receive and send data; it does not care about sync.
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It appears the connection between the Linksys and the modem is not working.
Try a different LAN cable.
Check the LAN cable from the modem to the Linksys, it should be connected to the WAN/Internet port on the Linksys.
the siemens speedstream 4200 is a DSL modem/Router which doesn't have wireless connection. So even tough if you have a computer equiped with a wireless adapter, you will not be able to connect wirelessly because the siemens 4200 doesn't act as wireless access point.
You may need next time to check first if the modem/router to buy support wireless (wifi g or n) and make sure that it's not only a modem, it should be also a router.
i attached here some references for you from the top brands:
1. Linksys DSL modem/Router with wireless N: http://www.linksysbycisco.com/MEA/en/products/WAG120N
2. Linksys DSL modem/Router with Wireless G:
You can find other brands as Dlink, Netgear ...
This may actually be an issue with your ISP. There is a good possiblity that your ISP has bound your connection to the MAC address of the network card on your computer. This is a common occurance which is why router manufacturers give you the option of having your router clone your computer's MAC address. Go into your router's management an perform the clone, sorry I cannot give you more details but I don't know the specific model of your Belkin router.
Access the routers setup page by typing 192.168.1.1 (ip address of the router) on the address bar on IE.
then on basic setup page at the bottom part of the page you will see MTU normally its on auto,
to change the value set it to manual. ask your isp what is their prefferred value for the mtu you can go as high as 1300 to 1500.
Yes and No! The 4200 gives you the option to connect via USB or Ethernet. You can only use one or the other to connect. You have two options. The first DOES involve another "gadget". The second does not!
I realize you're not looking to use additional equipment, but a network hub, switch or router will give you what you need. You can pick up a very inexpensive router for under $50 or even better a wireless router for a few bucks more.
I recommend a Linksys Wireless Router (Model - WRT54G) as it is very user friendly and comes ready to use. Just connect the port labeled "Ethernet" to the "WAN" port of the Linksys Wireless Router. Then connect both of your computers to any of the four "LAN" ports.
You can connect the first computer directly to the 4200 via USB and connect the second computer directly to the first computers ethernet port using a Network Crossover cable. Without a router of hub between the two computers, a crossover cable is required to allow them to talk to each other.
Once you have them connected to each other, on the first computer open the network connection properties for your internet connection (will be the one setup during the install of the USB modem) and click "Share This Computers Internet Connection".
Now the first option is surely the most reliable and keeps the traffic separate.
if you have dsl or cable connect the cat 5 cable from the device to the WAN port of the Linksys router. then connect a patch cable to Port 1 of the router and connect it onto your pc. Router will issue DHCP. You should be on the internet after
put the modem in bridge mode and then connect a DSL/cable router to it...you'll have to configure the PPOE if its DSL...
Cable is a little easier because there usually is a MAC authientication not username and password...plug dsl/cable router into cable modem...turn both off for about aminute then turn modem on first then router...
Be careful most routers with wireless have it enable with no security by default...turn it off or set securty (wirelss that is)