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I can connect to internet without cable modem wtf?

by bubu1004 / June 23, 2008 6:37 AM PDT

So all I have is an ethernet cable from the wall plugged into the
netgear wgt624v3 wirelss router.
I have a laptop that has wifi so it gets instant perfect internet connection from this router.

Whether or not this situation above is normal without a modem, my question is this.
I have a desktop that needs to be connected to the internet.
should I buy a wireless network adaptor for this desktop or a cable modem?

I'm guessing I should buy a cable modem because that makes more sense, but if this situation with the laptop will work with the desktop as well,
I don't see why I shouldn't just buy a cheap PCI card so that the desktop
connects great wirelessly to this network as well.

Why is my laptop working without a modem anyways, does anyone know?

Thank you.

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What's on the other end?
by Coryphaeus / June 23, 2008 10:27 AM PDT

Sounds like the router is already plugged into a modem somewhere.

There are two choices for broadband. Cable and DSL. Neither of which feed from an Ethernet cable.

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no there's no modem
by bubu1004 / June 23, 2008 11:01 PM PDT

Well, unless they stuck a modem in the wall, I don't see a modem anywhere.

Ok, maybe it's not an ethernet cable but I'm just talking about a cable everyone uses to insert into the wall jack for internet (that little rectangular white plastic covering on the top on a long grey cable)

This is what's in my room. This cable coming out of the wall jack and
into the wireless router. That's it.
My laptop gets perfect internet ....

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Again. . .
by Coryphaeus / June 24, 2008 6:04 AM PDT
In reply to: no there's no modem

there has to be a modem or router. Your room is where? Dorm?

Count the pins on the cable. 8 = Ethernet. Ethernet = modem or router ahead of you. No other option.

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Wireless router NO modem.
by Phil Crase / June 25, 2008 12:47 PM PDT

Hmmm seems odd, very odd must either be a modem somewhere. There is only an ethernet hook up right from the wall? Is this a house? Apartment?Office? Unless maybe you are getting fooled and are reading another signal nearby, am curious need more info.

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thanks
by bubu1004 / June 25, 2008 10:50 PM PDT

THis is an apartment complex.
I heard that there's some special routers that use DSL that don't require a modem but all I have is Netgear WGT624v3.
We don't have a home phone.
Only an ethernet hook up from the wall, yes.
Nope, this is not another signal. My last name is Bu-Yang and that's
what shows up on wireless network when I try to connect from my
WIFI laptop. WEP key is as I input it when I configured my router.
Wait, how can there be a modem behind the wall? I don't think some
construction guy decided he was clever and put a freakin modem
behind a wall just to be cool you know. lol
thank you for the help though.

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