Can't connect with SpeedStream 5100

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August 6, 2009 at 00:14:08
Specs: Windows 98, Intel Cleron
For some reason, I cannot use my DSL modem to connect my Win98 laptop to the internet. I've been trying for over a year now and inspite of the software downloads from my ISP, my modem and my laptop cannot get along.

The funny thing is that I used to be able to connect the modem to the laptop and surf with it. It was not until reimaging the laptop did things get this way.

I can't find any drivers for the modem to my laptop (they don't seem to exist). I am also hoping that upgrading to XP will be enough to get the devices to work together again. But these things worked together before and I can't seem to recreate the conditions to do that. Ideas?

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August 6, 2009 at 08:03:39
To make things simpler, you should invest in a SOHO router with 4 LAN ports and connect it to your modem. This would provide you with a firewall and DHCP/NAT and allow for multiple units to connect to the internet, and speak to each other on the LAN.

Once you had a router, you could plug both units in, set them both to get their TCP/IP settings automatically (DHCP) and both should work.

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August 6, 2009 at 13:17:33
As above is a good solution.

I'd use that.

If you want to pay with it you can log on to the modem and put your logon info in it I believe. Then any system with tcp ip installed can use it.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, Make an autorun.inf folder on all usb drives.

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August 8, 2009 at 22:01:02
My laptop's Tcp/ip settings are set to automatic detection, and it still won't get anything. What else am I missing?

Buying a new router would be a waste for me, I just want to get the equipment that I have to work again.

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