Basic netwear wireless router setup (MR814 v2).

Boy I feel stupid, but i need serious help.  

I am trying to set up my first wireless network.  A friend gave me a new Netgear MR814 wireless router (and an adaptor, but I havent gotten that far).

I cant even get past the very first step.  To set up the cables, the directions tell me to    Disconnect the ether net cable from your computer which connects to your cable or dsl modem.  Then to plug that loose end that was in the computer into port A of the router.  

Now initially, the only cable that runs between the back of the computer and the modem has a usb type adaptor on each end...and the back of the router only accepts ethernet (telephone type) connections....

I have the same problem trying to connect a local port on the router to the back of the computer...

Am i supposed to have some sort of ethernet to usb adaptor?

Now, there IS a place on the back of hte computer and the back of the modem where I can plug in an ethernet type connection.  These arent labeled, but if I use those, I can get the cables set up as in the diagram.... but then, I cant connect to the internet when the router is in place.  It works without the router.  

None of the troubleshooters seem to be helping in that configuration and I feel stupid because this is supposed to be easy.  I really need to get this to work because my mom uses it for work and is counting on it.

Obviously im very confused, so I appreciate any detail in your answer.  Thanks.  

HELP!
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ShineOnCommented:
YOu should really ask this question in the Networking topic area.  This TA concentrates on NetWare and other Novell products.

To answer your question, you need to get an Ethernet cable to connect the wireless router to your cable/DSL modem, and connect the wireless adapter to your PC.  The internet connection will then route through the router to your PC, and any other compatible wireless interface in its range.

There may have to be some configuration of the wireless router as well, but it should be pretty much plug-and-play.  You definitely need to connect the wireless adapter to your PC in order for it to work, though.
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cinnacrackerAuthor Commented:
Thanks, I fidled with this for hours and found the answer.  You have described it correctly.  The directions on the routher were misleading.  They pretty clearly indicated i should unplug the usb type connections from the back of the modem and the computer.  In reality, I just needed to add the ethernet cable to the ethernet ports that were available on the modem and computer and not unplug the usb's.   Geez.  Those directions sucked.  They never even told me about the power cord for the router.  I just found it and figured it was needed.

I will have to read futher how this board works to see if there is something i need to do now to close this and award points.

Thanks!
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ShineOnCommented:
Click on the "help" link at the top of the page.  That takes you to the E-E help pages.  All you ever wanted to know about E-E.
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