Wireless DSL Network Basics

January 7, 2009 at 12:48:33
Specs: Windows XP SP3, Pentium 3/512MB
Greetings:
My niece has Verizon DSL internet service. The modem is wired directly into a PC. She wants to create a wireless network.

Because she already has a modem with a ethernet out cable, is there any hardware she needs other than a wireless router and wireless network cards for any PC intended to connect to the network?

And is it necessary that the router be a DSL router. Or will any wireless router do?

My thinking is that since she already has a modem, I can conect it to a router via the ethernet cable, and at that point it is functionally the same as a cable/broadband system, with which I am familiar.

Is that right?

Thanks.
Ed

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#1
January 7, 2009 at 13:39:05
Because she already has a modem with a ethernet out cable, is there any hardware she needs other than a wireless router and wireless network cards for any PC intended to connect to the network?

No, that will be all she will need.

And is it necessary that the router be a DSL router. Or will any wireless router do?

Any will do. There is no such thing as a "DSL Router" or a "Cable Router". The router itself doesn't know whether you're getting your internet from DSL, cable, wireless or a satellite. All you need to know is the connection from your modem goes into the WAN port on the router.

My thinking is that since she already has a modem, I can conect it to a router via the ethernet cable, and at that point it is functionally the same as a cable/broadband system, with which I am familiar.

Is that right?

Indeed it is. As I said above:

Internet >> modem (cable/DSL/wireless/satellite) >> router (WAN port) >> clients (either wired, or wireless)

I highly recommend when you get things setup that you enable WPA encryption on the wireless network. This will prevent outsiders from using your network.

Most, if not all SOHO routers are very easy to configure and setup and will come with a manual and setup guide. Read them through before you begin the setup so as to familiarize yourself with all the important aspects.


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#2
January 7, 2009 at 13:44:10
There is no such thing as a DSL router. There are DSL modems and Cable modems. Once you are past the modem you have left DSL/Cable behind and are using Ethernet.

Therefore any wireless router will do. The only time you need a spcific DSL or Cable router is when it has a built in modem. As you already have a modem all you need is a router with an Ethernet WAN socket and a Wirelss Access Point built in.

Stuart


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#3
January 7, 2009 at 17:27:07
Or, you can buy a Westell Versalink 327W, (relatively inexpensive on eBay) and you won't need to purchase another piece of equipment, which will save space.

You would just replace the current modem with the new one.

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown


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