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Networks Help please :(

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Tomm, 10 Sep 2004.

  1. Tomm

    Tomm I also ride trials :¬)

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    Hi, I just got my broadband installed this morning by NTL (Booo! I hear you cry... Well it was the cheapest and I have a 1.5MB connection :D). Anyway, I've installed all their software (Which as far as I can tell just installs some rubbish "broadband medic", Zonealarm :thumb: and changes your network settings). This all works fine with an ethernet cable straight from the PC to the modem. Great.

    But now I want to share the connection, without leaving 1 PC on all the time. I've got a hub (A netgear 8 port hub - not a switch, but it was free so hey) and all the cables.

    When I plug it all together with the hub, nothing happens, no internet access etc. I can't find an IP for the modem... Does it have one?

    Anyway, my question is this. Does the modem act as a router, or do I need to buy one?


    Thanks for any help you can give/light you can shed etc... :cooldude:
     
  2. ST8

    ST8 New Member

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    You need a router :)
     
  3. Tomm

    Tomm I also ride trials :¬)

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    I thought as much :(

    Can anyone else confirm this? When I had ADSL, the router was the modem. My modem (NTL:home 200) isn't a router then?

    Can anyone recommend a cheap router? Or possibly a 16 port switch/router.
     
  4. Gandi69

    Gandi69 Like to get busy wit fizzy..

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    Ebuyer do a US Robotics one for £20 I think. Comes with 4 port switch and Parallel print server.
     
  5. riluve

    riluve New Member

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    You can get modems with built in routers, but this is the exception not the\rule (esp when getting equipment from an ISP). Unless you have documentation saying specifically it has a router, it doesn't.
     
  6. Tomm

    Tomm I also ride trials :¬)

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    OK, thanks for the help. I've just been down to Micro-Direct and bought a D-Link Router for £28, so it's not too bad. Task for tonight is to set it up :)
     
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