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Ok, mistakenly I purchased a router for cable connections (ie, the cable modem is intended to be connected to the router via an ethernet cable)

I thought i'd come on looking from more networking-minded techheads incase I can save myself a trip to PC Weird to take this router back.

It's a Belkin 4-port cable router. My modem (supplied by ISP) is a Speedtouch USB ADSL modem - hence it's not labeled by Windows as a "High-speed" connection, rather a "dial-up".

Is there any way I can share the internet connection (i realise the IC PC will have to be on) through this router? I've tried the usual network setup wizard etc to no avail. There's no way I can bridge the connection since the IC is seen as dial-up.

My previous setup used the USB connection shared through a Symbol 802.11b router, which had no space for direct connection to the router.

Any help would be appreciated

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I have a friend who had the very same problem.
We were able to get the internet shared by networking all the computers together
with a network switch (not a router).
Then sharing the dial up connection on the computer connected to the SpeedTouch.

Control Panel
Network Connections
Change settings of this connection
Advanced Tab

and Check all three

Allow other network users ...
Establish a dial-up ...
Allow other network ...

When you connect to the internet on the SpeedTouch computer,
the other computers have internet also.

The problem is that the SpeedTouch will disconnect after a few minutes of inactivity.
On a dial-up connection with another type modem any computer accessing the internet
will cause the modem to connect, as long as the main computer is on.

This dosen't work with the SpeedTouch. Only the main computer can connect.


The Speedtouch brand is now owned by Thomson. The Press Releases say.
"Thomson to exit its retail telephony activities in North America."
So, not much help there.

We gave up after months of problems.
The ISP offered an always on connection using another type and brand of modem.
We disconnected the SpeedTouch.
Then connected than new modem to the ethernet port and ran the setup.
Once the computer connected to the new modem.
Then We connected the router by following the directions that came with the router.

Problem Solved.
No computer had to be on for the other computers to connect.
No disconnect problems.

I hope this helps.

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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
ICS was the first thing I tried. The router isn't sharing the internet connection to the other pcs (i can ping the host PC). The timeout problem isn't a worry - my connection never times out regardless and never did before.

Thanks anyway

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For the router, you'll probably want to do this if you use it in conjunction with ICS.

Connecting two (or more) SOHO broadband routers together.

Note: The "primary" router can be an actual router, a software gateway like Microsoft Internet Connection Sharing, or a server connection that has the capability to supply more than one IP address using DHCP server capability. No changes are made to the primary "router" configuration.

Configure the IP address of the secondary router(s) to be in the same subnet as the primary router, but out of the range of the DHCP server in the primary router. For instance DHCP server addresses through, I'd assign the secondary router as it's IP address, for another router, etc.

Note: Do this first, as you will have to reboot the computer to connect to the router again for the remaining changes.

Disable the DHCP server in the secondary router.

Setup the wireless section just the way you would if it was the primary router, channels, encryption, etc.

Connect from the primary router's LAN port to one of the LAN ports on the secondary router. If there is no uplink port and neither of the routers have auto-sensing ports, use a cross-over cable. Leave the WAN port unconnected!

This procedure bypasses the routing function (NAT layer) and configures the router as a switch (or wireless access point for wireless routers).

For reference, here's a link to a Typical example config using a Netgear router
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