connect to internet through switch

November 9, 2006 at 11:13:44
Specs: XP, Intel Centrino
I have a wireless router that has only one port(console), so that I could connect it to the internet using my modem.

The problem is, I have a PC and I want to connect it tothe internet to but can't connect it to the router since the router only has a console port and the PC doesn't have a wireless LAN card.

I have a switch and thinking if i could connect the switch to the modem, then connect the PC and wireless router to the switch. Will my PC have connection to the internet?Can I connect my wireless-enabled laptop to the wireless router and get access to the internet?

Thanks in advance!

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#1
November 9, 2006 at 11:45:16
I believe there would be difficulty with the cable modem knowing what to talk to... you could just get a cheap wired router and set it up that way, makingg the Wireless router a access point. Are you sure it is not an access point? I have never heard of one that works as a router but with an internal switch.

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#2
November 9, 2006 at 12:05:14
The wireless router only has one port(to connect to the modem). In this way, I can connect my wireless-enabled laptop to the internet by connecting to the wireless router.

I want to connect my PC, which doesn't have a WLAN card to the internet. And since I have a switch (I found in the basement), I'm thinking if I could use that by connecting the switch to the modem. Then I'll connect my PC to that switch. Will my PC be able to connect to the internet?

I also want to use my wireless router so that I can use my laptop anywhere within the range. So I'm thinking of connecting the wireless router to the switch. Will that go through?Will my laptop have internet access using that wireless router?

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#3
November 9, 2006 at 12:05:23
The simple way to do this is plug your modem into your router (WAN port) and the switch into the LAN port on the router. This way you could plug as many hardwired clients into the switch as you have ports. ie: 8 port switch means 8 clients could connect.

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#4
November 9, 2006 at 12:10:01
Yeah, I know but that is my problem. The wireless router only has one port. A port to connect to the modem.

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#5
November 9, 2006 at 12:42:58
Unless your ISP allocates you more than 1 IP then No you cannot put a switch between the router and modem. You have two choices. Buy a wireless NIC for the PC or buy a better wireless router with an inbuilt 4 port switch.
My recommendation would be the latter. I feel certain a wireless router with inbuilt switch will have more security and configuration features than the unit you currently have.

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#6
November 9, 2006 at 14:09:25
Yeah, I think it's better if I just buy a wireless router with ethernet ports. Just thought I can make a remedy of what I have.

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