I've just replaced my Alcatel ADSL modem with a 3COM OfficeConnect ADSL/router with wireless capability to next be able to add a USB network adaptor to my PC in anaother room. I have successfully connected the primary PC via the cable from the device to the ethernet card. What I'd be very grateful for is advice on the new settings ie: with the Alcatel modem , I set the PC to connect to the internet when I wanted to ( a dialogue box would come on whenever I opened IE, for example, asking if I wanted to connect. With the 3com device, I can't find any such......and nothing in the system tray.Am I correct in assuming that now, as soon as my PC is on, the internet connection is automatically live? Can I set the device to only connect on demand? BTW, there is a built- in hardwire firewall in the 3Com device that is enabled.WIn XP OS. At work we have an "always-on" ethernet card ISDN connection.....same here? Be most grateful for advice
you should be able to connect/disconnect the router from the internet within its setup pages although i never bother. if your pc is turned on it is connected to the internet regardless of wether you have a browser running, as are all other pc's on your network. I'd definitely use the encryption and mac filtering features seeing that they are already there.
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