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How's it goin guys. I am in need of your help. The computer in my sig is the only computer I have in my house, and is connected to a very slow Verizon DSL connection (less than 1Mbps, I think the offer that I signed up for was like...~750Kbps tops?). It does the job well for school, and I don't really complain. But lately, my father proposed that he wanted to have access to the internet as well, and seeing how my computer is in my room, he rarely has a chance to explore for himself.

Today, I re-assembled a store-bought desktop from a few years back and it works perfectly. My plan is to put that computer in his room and purchase a wireless network adapter for him to connect to the internet. There are several reason's why I want to do this.

1) Verizon only included one of these modems in the installation kit.

2) The modem included with my DSL connection cannot properly be hooked up to a router to share the signal.

3) Even if there was some way to share the signal, splitting the connection speed in half would be like going back to dial up....

4) Most important of the four, I am VERY well aware that there are many open networks around my house. My Nintendo DS Lite, my Sony PSP, and my iPod Touch can seek out numerous wireless signals that do not have passwords on them.

That being said, most people buy wireless network adapters to receive a signal that is being emitted from inside there house correct? I can only assume that if handheld devices such as my DS, PSP or iPod Touch can connect to a neighbor's open network with respectable results, that putting a dedicated wireless network adapter to the re-assembled PC would yield much better results. Infact, the linksys signal that my iPod touch picks up can load youtube videos faster than my DSL connection.

So, I'm not very knowledgeable on the different types of connections/signals etc etc that many of you might be familiar with. But I was wondering if this Rosewill Wireless Adapater from Newegg would be good enough to do the job.

It says it can handle up to 54Mbps, which is nearly 72x faster than my current wired DSL connection. The only question is whether it is adequate for what I'm trying to accomplish. I'm looking to spend honestly, around $30 shipped for something that can pick up signals relatively well, and seeing how my small handheld devices can do a good job for how small it is, I can only assume that I dont have to spend too much money to get the same, if not better results.

Any thoughts or recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks for your help.
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That one looks fine bro.

If you want to save some USB space though, check out this product, great price.

It has 505 reviews so far, so obviously it's much more popular that that one you linked. Either way, I'm sure both would work great.
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2) The modem included with my DSL connection cannot properly be hooked up to a router to share the signal.
So... there's currently no router connected to your modem?

[internet] >> [modem] >> [router?] >> [computer]

in order for you to use a wireless adapter, you need a wireless access point from which you receive a wireless signal from, like a wireless router. What do you mean your DSL connection cannot properly be hooked up to a router?

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3) Even if there was some way to share the signal, splitting the connection speed in half would be like going back to dial up....
This is not necessarily true. You will have 100% available bandwidth at any given moment, and depending on your usage, you will use what you need, when you need it. In retrospect, there will then be two nodes requesting bandwidth that will both be requesting from that 100% availability. Adding an additional node on your network will not make it so the connection, nor your available bandwidth, will be split 50/50.
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Yes, the cheap Rosewill is fine for stealing someone's internet connection.
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Originally Posted by yawnbox View Post
So... there's currently no router connected to your modem?

[internet] >> [modem] >> [router?] >> [computer]

in order for you to use a wireless adapter, you need a wireless access point from which you receive a wireless signal from, like a wireless router. What do you mean your DSL connection cannot properly be hooked up to a router?



This is not necessarily true. You will have 100% available bandwidth at any given moment, and depending on your usage, you will use what you need, when you need it. In retrospect, there will then be two nodes requesting bandwidth that will both be requesting from that 100% availability. Adding an additional node on your network will not make it so the connection, nor your available bandwidth, will be split 50/50.


That's the box. As you can see, it comprises of only 3 wires. The left-most one goes to power, the middle blue one is the ethernet cable hooked to my motherboard, and the right-most white cord is the phone line cord. That's it. I turn the box on, the power light goes on. After a while, the DSL light activates. When my computer is on while the box is powered on, the Ethernet light activates. And once the signal from the phone line reaches the box, I get the Internet light.

That's my connection. If I try to use a linksys router with it, connecting say the blue ethernet cord to the main linksys router socket, and another ethernet cord from port 1 to my motherboard's ethernet socket, I don't get signal. Is is possible that my box is both a router and a modem? In which case, it only has 1 ethernet slot so that doesnt do me any good.
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Basically to get this router up and running takes no time/effort at all.
1. Plug the modem upto the router
2. Plug any computers into the router that you want to be wired into it.
3. Unplug the power from both your modem AND router
4. Wait about 10-30 seconds then plug the modem back in and wait for all the lights to appear on like its normal
5. Plug the router’s power back in and then wait for it to do its light cycle
6. Then power on the pc(s).
For Wireless computers to connect make sure you do steps 1-5 first then try to connect wirelessly via the windows wireless finder or whatever manufacturer’s wireless finder (ex. Dell, hp etc.) The router by default should be named WRT54G or WRT54G2 as its wireless name and all you would have to do after that is just double click on it and connect to the network.
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