"Reza" <email@example.com> wrote in message
>I have Verizon DSL connection in my home. The DSL modem is connected to
> my desktop computer via USB cable. I can connect to the internet just
> fine. I recently bought a Dell laptop computer with wireless
> networking capabilities. I also got a Netgear wireless router. I
> followed the instruction but I am confused. The instruction that came
> with wireless router talks only about ethernet cable, adapter etc. It
> does not say anything about connecting DSL modem to my desktop via USB
> cable.. Does it mean that I will have to have ethernet card installed
> in my desktop computer before my laptop can establish any wireless
What it means is that you have a modem that has a USB connection type and
the router only uses RJ45 connection types.
> Should I go ahead and get a wireless network card installed in my
> desktop computer instead of ethernet card? Or do you think I should be
> able to create a network without the ethernet card?
What you need is a router that will accept a USB or RJ45 connection type
for the WAN port. I don't know if they make such wireless routers. Most I
have seen, only use the RJ45. The WAN port is the one that connects the
router to the modem.
The router you have uses RJ45 for the LAN ports so you can connect a
computer to a LAN port and configure the router for wireless. In order to
use the wireless computer , you need to configure the wireless router with
the wire computer.
But first, you need to connect the router to the modem on the WAN port and
the router only uses RJ45.
You could put a second NIC (Network Interface Card) wire one using RJ45 into
the desktop computer and still connect the desktop to the USB modem using
ICS and plug the router into the second NIC and you're good to go with a
wireless or wire connection to the router.
But the router should be the device that is the gateway to the WAN/Internet
and LAN and all computers wired or wireless should go through it. It should
not be the router connected to the computer with the computer as the gateway
device for the reasons in the link about a NAT router, which is route the
router you have is about. http://www.homenethelp.com/web/explain/about-NAT.asp
You got four choices here and are the following:
1) Connect the router to a second NIC using RJ45 to the computer that has
the USB connection to the modem -- not good no protection as the router is
not doing its job.
2) Find a wireless router that has a USB connection on the WAN port so that
the router can be connected to the modem -- you may or may not find one.
3) See if the ISP can provide you with a modem that uses RJ45 and not USB so
you can connect the router's WAN port to the modem..
4) Go buy a modem that uses RJ45 that has been approved to work on the ISP's
network -- the same thing as #3.
You can use Google to lookup WAN port, LAN port, and RJ45 connection type
and what they means if you don't know.