Am a beginner with wireless broadband connections. Bought a linksys wireless router (on ebay). I have a usb speed touch broadband modem. When I come to connect it all it seems I need a dsl modem as there is nowhere to plug my usb. What is dsl modem? How much? Where do I get one? Will any work with my linksys router? Are they easy to set up?
That is true but the problem is jtw really needs an ethernet based modem not a USB one, as it will not plug in to the router.
jtw, to explain a few other bits I forgot to mention in my first post. You will need to buy an ethernet based dsl modem. This will replace the USB one you currently have. Using a network cable connect to the new modem with your computer in order to give it all the settings it needs, i.e. username & password, to connect to your ADSL line. Once complete connect to the wireless router, again using the network cable, with your computer. Use this to set up the security features you need.
Now that is all done connect the new modem to the WAN port on the router and bingo!! You should be able to surf without wires.
I use a netgear all in one modem/router/wireless so can't really comment about any ethernet modems. Best to have a look at the reviews for any products on Ebuyer and see what they say. I'll have a quick look and see if any jump out. I have found the netgear router to be good but £50 does seem a bit much for the netgear ethernet modem.
Had a look at Ebuyer and looks like it might be the £50 option! The cheap one is apparently difficult to set up and has a major security flaw. Out of all the others these two look like the best
Netgear DM632 click here in addition to an ethernet modem has a built in firewall that will give you an extra bit of protection.
The Netgear DG834 click here is the same as the DM632 but is also a router which could be handy for adding an other computers or devices via network cable, assuming that your wireless router doesn't have the same features. I will be buying this model for relatives when their broadband connection activates later this month.