Revisiting a question I closed last night thinking I had all answers. NOT. I'm installing a home LAN, and I just got a new question. I need to know something more about the router and my DSL cable box (Westell) that has surfaced this a.m. when I "unstuck" the modem from where it was fastened and flipped it over to see what's what. I did give the Westell number (6100) so I didn't bother to "unstick" it and name every port or exit or switch on its back side in the area I was chatting. (My apologies to "Punky" that I didn't get the thing off back of desk and walk him through what I now see and ask enough questions...I was constantly asking for a review, and I thought I had it and obviously I did not!)
Here's my setup with the DSL cable box and PC:
My Westell 6100 has a DSL cord (the usual phone size plug) that goes through a small box after leaving the computer. Another cable comes out the other side of this box and goes into the phone jack on the wall but it's UNDER the wall plate and is a "piggyback" on my land line wire inside the wall. For now I'm stuck with this arrangement. If I were to change it, I'd pay through the teeth I'm sure. Just sending out a tech from Verizon is quite costly then factor in a different modem for networking. This MIGHT create a new billing for Internet access, and I cannot take that risk. I came in eons ago with a very special deal (about $19.95/mo), and now it's much more expensive. I can't afford any of it. The router and adapter are a financial stretch too!
To do a "crossover" I have to start all over to learn about that AND take out my modem/fax card (to install another NIC) which I prefer not to do if at all possible. I CAN and will do it if that's my only choice, of course. I think my HP 3210 has a built in fax plus (but I lose the modem that can come in handy now and again if lines are being worked on DSL-wise). it's ready for networking (just have to figure that one out as soon as this part is understood).
Here's how things look when I view the Westell backside:
I have the Westell flipped over on it's top so I'm looking at the back with the incoming DSL line port that ends up in phone jack (piggybacks my land line and is hardwired so I cannot just pull it out of the wall). USB port is next (don't use BUT is that a possibility and pardon my ignorance in this question!), then comes the Ethernet plug from PC (the one similar to phone cord but larger/wider). Next is a "hole" for lack of a better term and it's red (nothing in it). Next is the 10.5 VAC line that goes to the surge protector for power. At the far right (remember it's upside down facing me) is the off/on switch. That's it. There are no more phone ports/jacks (whatever they are called) on the Westell.
Herein lies my question about the line to the computer: If I begin at the DSL Modem (Westell) and go into the Wireless Router what is it that goes to the router? I see NOTHING I can spare to put to it. I HAVE to keep connected to the DSL jack obviously or we have no Internet connection. One "hole." OR is there a splitter perhaps for that? Dumb question? I have no idea.
I have only seen a CAT6 network cable, and the male ends will not work with my current setup due to the limitations of the Westell UNLESS the CAT5 plug on one end is like a traditional phone jack. I was told to take that off (and therein lies the problem....I cannot for reasons explained above. If Punky comes: I'm so sorry I couldn't frame this one remaining problem better, but I had to sleep on it and look the Westell over more carefully.
So we just need to start from the beginning and be sure I know exactly what to do in steps and/or diagrams here. My daughter wants to fix this up (she sells on the Internet and needs her laptop) quickly, and each day seems to bring a new question. I may not even have all upcoming questions here. I don't want to buy more "wrong" equipment even if we get refunds. But I need another complete walk-through from the start to the end to BE SURE I'm even understanding any of it. I have never looked at a real router so I'm not sure which to buy. I know nothing about the HP laptop 9000 series wireless adapter so I'm lost there also.
We really do need to get this "show on the road" to save my computer for me (keep others off of it as I'm starting to have problems with it due to someone else messing around inside, but that's in another question elsewhere. Sorry again for long way around barn, but to explain this (like you might) is tough for me. Maybe I need to take a tech writing course or three? :)
Thanks a bunch.