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Motorola SB5100 network with Netgear router?

by brucefon / August 24, 2006 11:24 PM PDT

Before even beginning, I live in Shrewsbury, Mass. where they have theor own little cable co. It's bot Charter or Comcast.
Anyway, I have one PC with a SB5100 connected to SELCO's cable. For whatever reason my PC can't recognize a internet connection unless I then feed a Ethernet cable into the Netgear wireless router, then a cable into my PC's USB port.
Bad enough?
I want to be host to my son's PC 3 rooms away.
The wireless signal was too weak so I ran a 15 ft Ethernet cable in the basement rafters. I surely thought that I could connect a cable from the Netgear directly into his PC.
It's not happening. And SELCO offers no support.
And I can't afford Geek Squad.
Isn't there a simple solution?

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by brucefon / August 25, 2006 1:42 AM PDT


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Frankly, not a proper setup.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 25, 2006 1:52 AM PDT

I'd consider looking at how most of us set this up.

Your post seems to write this.

Cable modem -> PC -> router

I think the more common method is this.

Cable modem -> router -> PCs

For wireless units we move closer to the router or the router closer and always make sure our router firmware is the latest.


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its modem -> router -> pc
by brucefon / August 25, 2006 2:43 AM PDT

we have it set up with modem, connected by a ethernet to the router, and a usb is going to the main computer, then a long ethernet cable going from the router to the other computer

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Doesn't look proper.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 25, 2006 3:39 AM PDT

I have yet to see a (working) setup with USB to the clients. I did hook up a WAP one time with USB but that was to update its firmware.

I suggest you setup it like most do.


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by brucefon / August 25, 2006 3:19 AM PDT

No, I have cable modem -> Router -> PC

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whats the proper way
by brucefon / August 25, 2006 4:19 AM PDT
In reply to: RE

whats the proper way

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Check the router manual but
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 25, 2006 4:54 AM PDT
In reply to: whats the proper way

cable/dsl modem -> router -> PCs with ethernet or wireless is the usual and should be in the manual. That USB connection is very odd.


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by brucefon / August 25, 2006 5:20 AM PDT

so i should connect a ethernet into the main computer, and then an ethernet into the other one?

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In simplest terms..
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 25, 2006 7:36 AM PDT
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Cable/dsl modem to Router to PCs.

I could read that you tried...

Cable/dsl modem to Router to PC to PC. Which is possible but can try even seasoned network managers.


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