Connect DSL modem through USB!!

February 26, 2010 at 07:05:13
Specs: Windows XP
hey everyone, im running windows xp and im
trying to run a dsl modem through my desktop

Previously it was connected to my laptop (xp)
through a usb connection and I have mirror'd
this connection with the desktop pc (usb

I did have a legacy usb support issue where
the mouse didnt work and i had to enable usb
support through bios so the mouse works now
and the green usb connection on the modem
tells me the modem can "see" the computer.

I think i usually just install the dsl driver from
the cd but when i try seeing if i can get to the
modem config screen it asks me to connect it
through the ethernet connection! (housemate
has his computer through ethernet).

im sure i need to change the tcp ip settings
but the only thing i can create is a connection
where it thinks my dsl modem is a dialup or


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February 26, 2010 at 07:27:19
can create is a connection where it thinks my dsl modem is a dialup

That is normal for a USB Modem. Make the connection and once you have done that you can configure it to connect automatically and then it starts to behave like an Ethernet Modem.


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February 26, 2010 at 07:28:58
(housemate has his computer through ethernet)

So you are trying to connect more than one computer to the same modem? If so get a device called a Router and connect it to the Modems Ethernet. It is like a splitter for the Ethernet. If you get a wireless Router then you will be able to hook up WiFi printers and laptops if you want. You can even get a WiFi card for your computer.

You can use the USB but as you have discovered there are more problems with trying to connect the USB than the Ethernet. USB requires compatible drivers.

As for getting a new IP go to your Control Panel then Network Connections. Right Click on the Local Network and select properties. Then go down the list of protocals until you find TCP/IP. Click the properties button on it and make sure every thing is set to automatic. Once it is then goto the command prompt and type IPCONFIG /RENEW. Good Luck.

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February 26, 2010 at 07:41:32
Thanks stuart... :D

the TCP/IP settings for that connection are as follows.

Use following IP address:

//no subnet mask displayed (at all)
//no default gateway displayed (at all)

DNS Server:


Original laptop configuration:

Use following IP address:
Subnet Mask
Default Gateway: (2 is usb)

I'm sure i need to enter the missing info but am not sure what
i need to do.. cheers for any ideas!

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February 26, 2010 at 07:48:34
hey guys, we have always used the following setup across
several computers throughout the few years we have been
using this modem.

Housemate's computer > ethernet > dsl modem A
My computer > USB > dsl modem A

all computers running xp,

i just want to configure my desktop as what my laptop and
the computer before it was doing.

Unfortunately no network connections exist at all inside
network connections, all modem lights are green and im
actually using my laptop to post these messages :P

when i plug the desktop back into the usb from the modem
nothing happens ie no new connection found!

all lights remain green beyond the cable swap

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March 2, 2010 at 06:54:57
Read my first post. Follow the last paragraph. IPCONFIG /RENEW will get you reconnected or reboot the modem (unplug power and plug back in).

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