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Is a crossover cable required between my wireless router (WAN port) and my cable modem?

My computer works fine when connected via a straight-through cable to my cable modem.
Now I want to add a DLink Wireless Router.  When I connect the WAN port on the wireless router to the cable modem, I do not get a wireless signal.  Am I correct in thinking that I need a crossover cable here?
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Dwight Baer
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Dwight Baer
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jordibartrinaCommented:
Try to find a switch (normally beside RJ45 connection). When the router is not autosensing, this switch help you for use crossover or straight cable.
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b0lsc0ttIT ManagerCommented:
dwightbaer04,

It should be a normal cable.  Make sure the cable is plugged into the router's WAN port but most modems just use a normal cable, especially since they have a dedicated WAN port.  It has been a while since I have seen one that required a crossover.

Did it come with a crossover cable?  If so, was it the router or the modem that came with that cable?

Let me know if you have any questions or need more information.

b0lsc0tt
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b0lsc0ttIT ManagerCommented:
dwightbaer04,

I just read the body of the question a little better.  Test with a computer plugged into a LAN port (i.e. not using wireless) but I doubt the issue is the cable.  Does the router have LAN ports still or is just wireless?

I would say that the issue is more likely setup related.  For example the ISP info in the WAN setup area, turning on the wireless radio or some setting related to type of wireless (i.e. protocol) or security.

If you still have a problem then let us know the exact model of each.

Let me know if you have a question.

b0lsc0tt
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Peter HartCommented:
you should get a wireless signal from the wireless router even if it is not plugged into the WAN.
your PC or Laptop should be able to detect the wirless signal from the router. itwil just not be able to get on to the internet
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Dwight BaerStudentAuthor Commented:
Wow!  That was fast!  Resetting the wireless router to factory defaults did the trick.  Thanks, Jordibartrina and b01sc0tt!
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Dwight BaerStudentAuthor Commented:
And thanks chilternPC - I guess while you were posting your response I was closing the question.
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b0lsc0ttIT ManagerCommented:
Your welcome!  I'm glad I could help.  Thanks for the grade, the points and the fun question.

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