A USB speedstream modem came with my DSL connection. I am now interested in setting up a home network. Is it possible to use this modem with a router? Every where i look the setup is always modem connected to router connected to pc. This is not possible with my usb modem. Can anyone help me. If its possible can you give me an idea of how I go about getting the router to recognize the dsl modem/connection? Thanks for any help. Jeff Overstreet
Sadly, the only way to setup your DSL connection is to use your PC as a router. The reason: a router such as the Linksys BEFSR41 uses Ethernet for its WAN ports. You need to find a router that has USB connections, otherwise, you're going to have to ask your ISP to give you a DSL modem with ethernet ports (RJ-45 ports).
You could, however, bypass the router and just use ICS (Internet Connection Sharing) on Windows. All Windows OS starting from 98 OSR2 (or 98b) has ICS. This includes, and is not limited to, Windows Millenium Edition, Windows 2000, and Windows XP. The downside is that if your main PC is down, then the rest of your home network can't connect to the internet. Since you're using a USB modem, you just need a Network Interface Card (NIC) in all of the PC's, a switch, and some networking know-how.