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Can I Connect a Zoom USB ADSL Modem to a wireless router

Agent47
Grafter
Posts: 47
Registered: 08-08-2007

Can I Connect a Zoom USB ADSL Modem to a wireless router

I have been using a Zoom 5510 USB modem to connect my Windows XP home edition PC to Plusnet and I now want use a 802.11b wireless router to connect my XBox (using ICS at the moment) plus -in future- other devices. It's starting to get teadious having start up my PC just for a quick game on XBox Live, nevermind having to logon like dial-up every time I want to check my mail.
It seems a bit of a waste to get rid of perfectly good modem to just then get one built into a router (which costs a lot more) just because I'm using a USB only Modem. I think there is a USB to RJ45 converter; if there is, is that all I need to connect 5510 to a non-ADSL router :?:
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Can I Connect a Zoom USB ADSL Modem to a wireless router

The adapter you mention converts a usb port to a
10/100Mbps ethernet port( through usb).
You will need an ethernet modem to connect to
your router. D-link, Netgear and if I recall Hayes (zoom)
make these,as well as other manufacturers.
Plusnet Staff
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Registered: 04-04-2007

Can I Connect a Zoom USB ADSL Modem to a wireless router

Hi,

I have seen a device that effectively turns a USB port into a network port, although I'm not sure whether that will do the job that you want it to as the one I'm thinking of does require it to be connected to Windows to work correctly.
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Can I Connect a Zoom USB ADSL Modem to a wireless router

The usb modem needs to draw power from the pc's usb port.
you can bypass this by connecting it to a powered hub,
but it still needs windows software to run on so its
not possible to connect it directly to a router, that is currently on
the market, so Dave is correct.
Another option is to purchase an all in one combined modem/
wireless router eg. Netgear make both a 802.11b (DG824M)
and a 802.11g(DG834G) .
I dont think it will be possible to use your current modem if
your getting rid of ICS.
Regards,
Alec
Agent47
Grafter
Posts: 47
Registered: 08-08-2007

Can I Connect a Zoom USB ADSL Modem to a wireless router

Thanks Alec, Mr Tomlinson
I had a feeling it wouldn't work, I just needed a few people to confirm my suspisions Sad
I've got my eye on the Solwise SAR-715VW, it had a good review on ADSLGuide.org with lot of info. on setting it up (very comprehensive reviews). but power of the signal is a bit in doubt, but it's only going to be 5 to 10 meters though 1 maybe 2 brick internal walls and a floor (in the bedroom XBox gaming)
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Can I Connect a Zoom USB ADSL Modem to a wireless router

It's the mention of two brick walls that's got me worried.
The signal would pass through any timber floor or partition with
no problem but will have more difficulty in passing through
brick. You also want to use it for gaming which is even more
demanding. I don't think the Solwise is what your after, so I
would advise you to get some more info from other users and
also the Solwise forum might be a good place.
Netgears 802.11g device has only just been released, so supplies
are a bit short, pricewise it starts at around £140 upwards so
it's only a bit more expensive than the Solwise. There's a few
user reviews over at the adslguide forums ,hardware section.
Belkin have also released one and I think Draytek are about to
aswell.
Another way to do it is to get an adsl modem/router (non wireless)
and add a wireless access point. You can get these in bundles
at good prices and are available from different manufacturers,
including Solwise,so I would stick to one brand.
Look for a router with both upnp and vpn support for gaming.
You will also need a wireless ethernet bridge to connect the Xbox.
I hope I've understood you correctly if your not connecting
the Xbox wirelessly then the Solwise might be adequate.
Agent47
Grafter
Posts: 47
Registered: 08-08-2007

Can I Connect a Zoom USB ADSL Modem to a wireless router

Thanks for the info. Alec.
I've gone cold on the Solwise , I found out it costs £140 and with all the other extra costs (p&p and so on) we're heading towards £200. I'm getting the D-Link 604+ along with the D-Link Wireless USB 1.1 Adapter - 11mbps Direct Port and the Linksys Wireless B Game Adapter - 11mbps Lag-free Internet Gaming.
When I said 2 brick walls, that was the worst case scenario; and the USB/Game adapters can be put on longer cables and moved around for best signal (I will get them to work!). Thanks again.