Can I use a Speedtouch ADSL Modem instead of a router?

Discussion in 'Broadband' started by andrew.harrison4, Dec 18, 2006.

  1. Up to this weekend I've used a D-Link router and Apple Airport to get
    Virgin Net broadband and create a wireless network for my iMac.

    My router has just died, but I have a Speedtouch 300 ADSL modem that I
    got free from the ISP. Can I connect the Speedtouch to the Airport via
    USB and access broadband that way? Or do I need a new router?

    I've never been sure of the difference between a router and an ADSL
    modem so if anyone can tell me, that will be a big favour.

    thanks, ANDREW
    andrew.harrison4, Dec 18, 2006
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  2. andrew.harrison4

    Sparks Guest


    Your ADSL Router has an integrated ADSL modem, hard-wired to the router.
    The Airport has a USB port, yes, but this will only support a printer.

    An ADSL modem is stupid, it needs the PC to do all the hard work with regard
    to decoding the ADSL signals, your airport does not have this power, it's
    intelligence is limited to talking to printers via USB.

    You can do one of two things, purchase a new router (Recommended but make
    sure it is an ADSL Router, NOT a Cable router - the Netgear DG834G is one I
    have used quite a lot, and have been perfectly happy with it.)

    Or you can connect the USB modem directly to your PC (and install the
    relevant drivers) but you WILL need to make sure you have a firewall
    installed on the PC, as the router was providing this service before. The
    windows firewall will do, but something like the free version of ZoneAlarm
    is better.

    What is up with the current router - just totally dead? - if so, have a look
    at the power supply and see if you happen to have another one the same (The
    voltage will need to be the same (Probably 5v), but the current can be rated
    higher than the existing one) the polarity also needs to be the same
    (usually the middle of the barrel connector is +, but this does vary

    Sparks, Dec 18, 2006
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  3. Thanks Sparks, that makes things a lot clearer. The router has just
    frozen - the power light's on but it won't respond in any other way,
    so it's gone back to the manufacturer. Guess I know why that modem was
    free now! Cheers, ANDREW
    andrew.harrison4, Dec 18, 2006
  4. andrew.harrison4

    Sparks Guest

    No probs,

    Have you actually sent it back already?

    Did you tried a factory reset on it?
    Did you try connecting the computer to it directly to it with an ethernet
    cable, just to rule out and problems with the airport?

    If they receive it and resetting it clears the problem, they may charge you
    for shipping it back!

    Sparks, Dec 18, 2006
  5. All of the above and more!
    I've been on the blower to customer "service" centres in Canada and
    India trying to get it to work to no avail.
    It's already gone back to them as it's under warranty. i doubt I'll see
    it til the middle of next year...
    andrew.harrison4, Dec 18, 2006
  6. andrew.harrison4

    Sparks Guest

    Ah well, having a spare is always handy anyway!

    ....just don't try to connect them both up when you get the old one back!

    Sparks, Dec 18, 2006
  7. andrew.harrison4

    Simon Slavin Guest

    You can't plug the two together using USB: one of those devices would need
    to be a computer. You need new kit. But I would advise that instead of
    using two boxes you get one box which does both jobs: an ADSL router which
    also supports wireless networking. It's smaller, there are fewer blinking
    lights, fewer wires, fewer sockets taken-up, and you save a lot of power.

    I have a SpeedTouch 570 but there are equivalent boxes by NetGear and
    other manufacturers.

    Simon Slavin, Dec 20, 2006
  8. andrew.harrison4

    Simon Dobbs Guest

    Do third party wireless routers support Airtunes (ie itunes to airport
    express units)? At the moment I have a billion router with DHCP inactivated
    ethernetted to an airport extreme module which acts as the router, but you
    can't get the latter in the uk anymore, so when it dies....
    Simon Dobbs, Dec 21, 2006
  9. do you mean airtunes simon? only the airport express supports airtunes,
    ie the apple router you don't have.

    if you mean can you share itunes libarys then yes unless there is
    something very odd about your router. it will work fine.

    Roger Merriman, Dec 30, 2006
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