I have installed DG632 using the ethernet connection and was looking to connect my laptop using the USB port. I spent 2 evenings talking to their techies trying to get it to work with the laptop. In the end I gave up and am still using it with my desktop and lan. I e-mailed Netgear who then told me I can`t connect my laptop to the USB port and that I must set it up for the desktop to use USB and the laptop to use the Lan. Why doesn`t it work either way. Can I connect a wireless router to it and put a PMCIA card in the laptop.
<<< Netgear who then told me I can`t connect my laptop to the USB port and that I must set it up for the desktop to use USB and the laptop to use the Lan >>>
That has to be nonsense. How could a router possibly know whether the computer connecting to it was a desktop PC or a laptop (or a Mac or Linux for that matter)? An ethernet connection is an ethernet connection, running over TCP/IP protocol.
You could plug a network switch into the router's ethernet port to provide additional LAN ports.
If you do want a "wireless" connection, connect the desktop PC by USB and plug a Wireless Access Point into the router's ethernet port. Having said that, stand-alone Wireless Access points tend to be very expensive and you could probably get a new Wireless Router for about the same price.
Views are entirely correct if my recent experience is to be followed. I accept that my Speedtouch router/modem is a different make but I faced the same problem as you. I chose the ethernet for the PC because of the "possible" BB bandwidth improvement and connected the laptop to a USB connection. I went though the set up wizard (both are on XP)and with a bit of fixing to get the printer to work I have a functioning home network.
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