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Belkin router with plusnet supplied (binatone) modem

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Belkin router with plusnet supplied (binatone) modem

I'm reasonably new (and very ignorant) of broadband and on the advice of a work colleague bought a Belkin router. I require an ethernet cable to be connected from the modem to the router. Unfortunately, the modem only has usb out. Is it new modem time or is there a quick fix? Also, if I do need a new one what would you get?

yours lost and baffled

George
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You will have to get an ethernet modem. i have looked at a few some are better than others depends on what you want to do. Do a search for "x Modem" also check out www.adslguide.org.uk they have a review on the xmodem. It acts like a stright forward modem allowing your ip to be passed to the router. I bought the sar110 and have it connected to the belkin wireless router but can't configure the sar to pass my plus net ip to the router. Even tried using the zipb mode on the Belkin to no avail. So now looking at the xmodem.
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Whoops, blind leading the blind.
I think what your work colleage meant was a combined ethernet router and DSL modem. This would have aleviated the need for the USB modem and you connect direct to the combined modem router via a LAN card in your PC.
There are lots of these modem routers available from Dlink, Vigor, Netgear, Origo (unless you are an online gamer,), Belkin and others. Everyone on here will have their own preference.
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gbaillie - since you've already bought the router I would
add the D Link 300g+ ethernet modem alongside the
X- Modem. Also I would check before purchase that they are
compatible with the Belkin router as what works with one
may not work with the other.
ADSL Nation sell the X Modem and they should be able to advise
and places such as Broadbandbuyer can advise on the D-Link.

dkirk - there should be a way to get the Solwise to work with
your router , we can give it a go unless you've already decided
on the X-Modem.

Alec.
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Alec

It was all so simple before!! However now I am determined. You say that I should keep the router and buy a D Link 300g and an x-modem but this seems a real longwinded way of doing it and there may well be compatibility problems. Is there no combined broadband modem/ wireless router (gateway type thingy!) that I can buy that means I can drop my old binatone modem and replace it with one shiny box? Or am I being too simplistic?

What I really want to do is modem/router connected by ethernet cable to my desktop which is the main house pc and then a wirless network for my laptop so that I can do work anywhere at home. I have a wireless card on my laptop that can detect networks (I use it all the time when away on business) - I've just got to make one!! Aaaggghhh

Thanks for taking the time to help a complete novice.

George
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OK the die is cast. I have spoken to Belkin and they are changing the router for a combined adsl modem/router (the 7630) which they advise me is the answer to all my problems. We'll see.....
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................................ You say that I should keep the router and buy a D Link 300g and an x-modem but this seems a real longwinded way of doing it ...............


Hi George,
My original post was'nt very clear, what I meant was since you have
purchased the router and it's missing an ethernet modem then all
you need to do is purchase 'either' the X Modem 'or' DLink and ditch
the Binatone, so you'll end up with two units.
The D Link was just another option to consider as both have some
compatability issues and if ADSL Nation said the X Modem wont work with
Belkin you'd have another option.
However things seemed to have panned out for the best, the all in one
unit your getting should do the job.
Regards.
Alec
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Hi Alec, I would love to get the sar working in zipb mode with my Belkin wireless router, have tried various suggestions from other forums to no avail. I contacted the manufacturer of the X modem who say the xmodem is compatable with the current revision of the belkin firmware. I would prefer to avoid the expence of buying that if i could get zipb working with the belkin.

Works fine with zipb setup and connected directly to my pc pc obtains my ip from plus net
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David,
The problem is that there may be an incompatability with the
firmware of each device which does'nt allow the SAR to
communicate in bridge mode.
Have you tried the SAR in its default router mode ?
eg. I'll make some assumptions.
The solwise has a default IP which is 192.168.7.1
The Belkin 192.168.2.1 ie. there in a different range which is good.
With DHCP enabled (default), the Belkin will assign IP address to
the PC's connected to it in the range 192.168.2.xx.
If you want to disable DHCP then you can manually assign the IP's to your PC's with default gateway of the Belkins IP eg 192.168.2.1
Subnet masks on all routers and pc's must be the same
eg. 255.255.255.0.
If you connect the Belkin( in it's default mode) to one of your PC's and bring up its configuration page and go to the WAN set up menu.
Enter a 'Static IP' address of 192.168.7.10 (in the range of the Solwise)
Enter the gateway as 192.168.7.1 (the address of the Solwise)
Subnet mask as 255.255.255.0
Set DNS servers 212.159.13.49 & 212.159.13.50
Use default Mac address
No to does ISP require login.
If you then connect the Solwise in it's default configuration to
the WAN (modem) port of the Belkin let it initialise and see what
happens. Your pc's will have their LAN settings to obtain IP addresses
and DNS automatically via DHCP on the Belkin unless you input
the data manually and turn DHCP off.
DHCP is turned off by default on the Solwise. You can experiment by
turning it on if you dont get results and also you can try the option
'obtain DNS servers automatically ' in the WAN set up for the Belkin.
Basically you have a router to router set up, this complicates things
a little when you need to have port forwarding rules in that you first have
to configure the Solwise to forward to 192.168.7.10 and then configure
the Belkin to forward to your pc's in the normal way.
One way of simplifying matters is to set the Belkins Static IP address
192.168.7.10 as a default DMZ server in the firewall rules
of the Solwise. This way all traffic would be forwarded on to the
Belkin and you would'nt have to worry about any port forwarding
rules on the Solwise.
I know this is easier said than done but just an idea before you splash
out on a new modem.
Regards,
Alec