setting up wireless internet

  eckythump 23:12 29 Jul 2006
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I have limited knowledge of IT and am getting conflicting advice about setting up wireless internet. I have a desktop PC which has broadband internet access via ntl usb cable modem, and want to set up another desktop PC to receive the internet wirelessly. I was told by a high street retailer to buy a belkin wireless G router and wireless g usb network adapter. When we came to connect the router to the PC, it says to connect the ethernet cable from the cable modem to the router, but there isn't one as it is a usb cable. I rang Belkin who told me that we need to set up ethernet on this PC with a card.
I rang another, more specialised, high street retailer to ask about ethernet cards and they said I didn't need one, but to call in and they would advise. I called in with the router box, and they say I do need a card....I bought one, but don't want to install it if I don't need it.
I presume that I will need to get an ethernet cable if I install the card?
Any advice gratefully received, but in noddy language please!
Thanks

  ade.h 23:37 29 Jul 2006

To save me typing it all here, click here. It doesn't have all the info that I plan to include but it will get you started.

  irishrapter 23:41 29 Jul 2006

To setup the router you will need to connect it via ethernet if the wireless service is not setup by default.

If you can leave the router connected via the ethernet then it would make life a bit easier. It would then be only a matter of connecting the other computer wirelessly to the router and then setting up internet connection sharing on the computer from the ethernet port to the usb modem.
Point the other wireless computer to use the main computer as the internet gateway.

  ade.h 23:49 29 Jul 2006

Whoa, hold on there. You shouldn't advise someone to enable ICS in a routed environment; it's inadvisable at best, a complete snafu at worst.

  mgmcc 00:27 30 Jul 2006

<<< When we came to connect the router to the PC, it says to connect the ethernet cable from the cable modem to the router, but there isn't one as it is a usb cable. >>>

There are two connections here - Cable Modem to the Router's WAN (Wide Area Network or Internet) Port and PC to one of the Router's LAN (Local Area Network) Ports. Both of these connections are by ethernet cable and your Cable Modem should support an ethernet connection in addition to the USB connection that you have used previously. With your Router, you don't use a USB connection at all.

Also, as Ade.h has pointed out you should *NOT* enable Internet Connection Sharing on any of your network connections while using a router.

  irishrapter 01:04 30 Jul 2006

If he doesnt use ICS how can he share his USB modem??

  mgmcc 11:46 30 Jul 2006

<<< If he doesnt use ICS how can he share his USB modem?? >>>

He/She isn't using a USB modem. Quote:

"I was told by a high street retailer to buy a belkin wireless G router and wireless g usb network adapter. When we came to connect the router to the PC..."

You started your original post talking about a router and ended it talking about a USB modem ???

  eckythump 13:15 30 Jul 2006

Thanks for all your responses...
I am now trying to install a pci card (sitecom ethernet gigabit adapter), and am getting a message that the software has not passed windows logo testing and that to continue to install it will destabilise my system (xp home) now or in the future.
Should i contine and assume that it is just microsoft trying to protect its market share or should i get a card which does have its microsoft brownie badge?
Please help

  mgmcc 13:58 30 Jul 2006

Create a "System Restore" point to be safe and then go ahead with installing the software.

  irishrapter 14:39 30 Jul 2006

<<< have a desktop PC which has broadband internet access via ntl usb cable modem>>>

It clearly states in the second line of eckythump first post that he is using a USB Cable Modem.
And I was led to believe that he could not connect his usb cable modem to router.

I think I see the picture now, is the router that he bought a wireless router with a bulit in cable modem??

  ade.h 15:16 30 Jul 2006

You might find my site useful as well, it seems.

If you have a cable service, you must disconnect the Ethernet cable modem and place a cable/DSL router between that and the network clients.

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