Posted 13 December 2005 - 08:09 PM
I'm no router expert but a problem I see is your DSL modem is USB connected. Would I be correct to assume the Speedtouch330 does not have an ethernet port? This may make it difficult to find a router that is compatible with the modem since (I think) most routers do not have USB ports.
There are, of course, several ways around this, which is best depends on what type of network you want to set up:
1) You can replace the modem with a DSL capable wireless router. Put a wireless network card in your desktop and you will have an expandable wireless network with internet access (If the desktop is never going to be moved away from the router then just connect it via the network card to the routers network ports - that saves the cost of a wireless card.) Problem - your ISP may have strict limitations on what kind of equipment (e.g. router) it allows you to connect. Your plan may only allow one PC to be connected - you need to check your contract terms to clarify this.
2) You can leave the DSL side alone and connect a wireless access point (WAP) to the network card on your PC. Set up Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) on that PC and then you will have an expandable wireless network in your home but internet access will only be available when your desktop PC is online.
3) If you only want to be able to connect your laptop then put a wireless network card in your PC, setup ICS as in option 2, and the PC and laptop will be networked on what's called an Ad-hoc basis. I'm not sure of the limitations of ad-hoc connections (ones that don't use a WAP) you may not be able to connect multiple computers that way, they may not be as reliable a connection or not as secure. (If someone else does not comment i may have to do a bit more reading.)
Edited by Rimmer, 13 December 2005 - 08:18 PM.
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