usb broadband modem into router

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by RoxStrongo, Jun 26, 2006.

  1. RoxStrongo macrumors regular

    RoxStrongo

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    my family has recently signed up for adsl broadband that supplys a usb modem. however the intention is to set up a home network with a wireless router. im not a big networking geek but from what i have seen routers come with an ethernet connection for input. what would be the best way to solve this problem?
    cheers
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

    robbieduncan

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    Some routers have a USB port for this very situation. Apart from that:

    1) Use a PC or Mac with Internet Connection Sharing to share out the USB modem.

    2) Buy a router with a built-in modem and simply don't use the USB one (this is probably the best solution as it's one box).
     
  3. RoxStrongo thread starter macrumors regular

    RoxStrongo

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    could you recommend a decent router with built in modem? the range needs to be fairly decent and mac compatible
     
  4. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

    robbieduncan

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    Pretty much anything on this page will be fine. Setup is generally browser based, but a quick check of a few reviews might be wise just in case any require IE (it'd be rare).

    Or for a little more with built in Wireless.

    Personally I am a fan of 3Com, but most major brands are fine.
     
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    Hmm, all the prices appear to be in US Dollars and we, here in the UK, use Pounds Sterling!
     
  7. Le Big Mac macrumors 68020

    Le Big Mac

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    Can you ask them for a router with an ethernet connection on it? Your life will be much easier and more pleasant if they can give you one, or give you a credit to go buy one.
     

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