Hook up wireless router no modem

December 30, 2008 at 08:24:10
Specs: Windows Vista, 1.0 GB

I am trying to hook up a wireless network in my house with a Netgear wgr614 router. I have DSL but no modem in the house, only a box outside the house where all the phone and TV cable hooks into (phone, cable, internet all from one company). In the directions for setting up the router, it tells me to turn off the modem and unplug it. This is impossible because I have no modem and the box outside has a battery back-up so if I turn off it's power it is still on. I tried hooking it up anyway and all I get is local access, no internet at all,even with my computer wired directly to the router. Is there an easy fix to this? Thanks!

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December 30, 2008 at 13:14:36

How are you going to convert the DSL digital signal to an Ethernet signal without a DSL modem? Modem stands for "MOdulator-DEModulator". A DSL modem MOdulates the Ethernet protocol from a computer(or router) into the DSL protocol required to travel over the DSL line. And then it DEModulates the DSL protocol from the DSL line into Ethernet protocol which your computer(or router) uses. Unless your router has a DSL connection built-in, it can't "talk DSL" (so to speak...).

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December 30, 2008 at 14:39:03

I thought maybe the box outside the house, where the ethernet cable comes from, actually may be some sort of modem. Previously when I had DSL in a different house there was a modem, which hooked up to a regular phone line and then an ethernet cord to the computer. Then, I had no problem hooking up the wireless router between the modem and computer.

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December 30, 2008 at 14:50:32

If you have an Ethernet connection coming from the box outside which the service provider intends for you to connect a computer to for Internet connection, then use the same procedure for connecting the router as the service provider instructed you for connecting a computer. A router is really just a computer with a specialized configuration for routing network traffic. If you aren't sure how to do this then contact the service provider and ask them how to go about it. The instructions for "turning off" the DSL modem is a technique for getting the modem to "reset" (reboot, really). Maybe the type of service you have doesn't require that. The service provider must have some procedure for customers setting up household routers, it's a very common thing ISP customers want to do nowadays.

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December 31, 2008 at 07:09:10

Thanks, I'll give them a call.

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