I have a new laptop and want to use a netgear 150n (cable)through my existing Virgin cable modem (currently used by my desktop). The problem is a sweet lady on the Virgin help line said she didn't thing it would work through my existing modem but I could get a new cable/router from them for £4 a month extra. I'm rather sceptical. Any advise please as I'v never used a router before.
"a sweet lady on the Virgin help line said she didn't thing it would work through my existing modem"
I think this sweet lady is on commission
you should just be able to connect your modem to the wlan connection on the netgear then connect the PC via wire (ethernet cable) run the setup disk, set wireless security if you intend to use wireless connections then your ready to go.
Virgin modems appear to store the MAC address of the equipment they are connected to so if you connect a different device then you have to switch off the modem first otherwise it wont recognise the router.
The procedure is as follows
1. turn everything off. 2. run a cable from the modem to the WAN port on the router. 3 turn on the modem and wait for it to boot (allow 1 minute). 4. turn on the router and wait for it to boot. 5. turn on your PCs.
If you have an Internet settings page in the router configuration, dont touch it as the modem should work. Its best to connect one PC to the router with an Ethernet cable so that you can configure the router.
I have a D-Link router connected and never had a problem. I suspect the sweet lady you spoke to was a sales person and not a technician!