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    Hi! New here.. Need alot of help with Telewest connection..

    Hi people!!

    Just registered here as my mate says this is one of the best forum around to ask tech questions!

    I recently applied for a Telewest cable broadband, 4Mb version.. (not installed yet, but will be soon on Tuesday next week)

    But I have 2 PCs at home that needs the connection, but im a uber noob, and afaik the set top box will only have 1 ethernet socket..

    So my problem is, what should I actually buy to get both my PCs connected to Blueyonder? Does Telewest provide this? Anyone mind lending me some advice?

    I have looked through Scan (again, recommended by a friend).. and have absolutely no idea which to buy.. Do I buy a switch or do I buy a Broadband router? How do I set it up? How to I get it working?

    I'm using the internet from work here. Thanks again for all the help!!!

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    OK, you need a router; the key thing is that it must be a router WITHOUT an ADSL modem, and WITH the external interface as an RJ45/Ethernet socket. Do you intend to use wireless? If so, you will need either wireless adapters already installed in your machines (you don't say whether they are desktop or laptop) or you will need to purchase a wireless adapter for each machine.

    A dead giveaway is if it's described as a "Cable/DSL router", since this means that it would work with either (although it would need an ADSL modem as well to work with BT-type broadband).

    http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=2HZ6

    http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=36VR
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    No wireless needed, I have LAN cables that are long enough to hang myself from 12 floors down..

    Both systems are desktop.. One for me and one for the family..

    Can you recommend a model for me? Say anything from Scan or other etailers will do..

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    can someone please help me out? sorry for not knowing anything at all..

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    I have a Linksys WRT54G, but if you don't need wireless I would recommend:
    the Linksys Cable Router BEFVP41-UK
    or Netgear Cable Router RP614

    Both are well known brands which should do the job nicely, there are un-branded or lesser known brands which will probably do the job, but I have always stuck with Netgear or Linksys myself.

    I think this: Sweex R0001 Broadband Router with 4POrt switch+1 WAN Port is the cheapest one on Scan.

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    Hellfire, give us a chance! I do have a proper job too, you know...

    http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=15M3

    http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=3380

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    I am using telewest and have a Linksys 4-port router, which works fine. Telewest supplied me with a Motorola Surfboard modem which connects to the router's WAN interface (by Ethernet).

    I couldn't find any wired cable routers on Scan :s. Found one very similar to mine on Ebuyer though
    http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/produ...duct_uid=54774

    I don't know if Telewest supply broadband through the set top boxes anymore (I've heard that they only allow up to 2Mbit/s, but that may have been an old model). Anyway, Motorola modem works fine for me and has a nice web interface for (basic) diagnostics too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlh
    Thanks... was looking at the Dlink myself..

    The Dab's one looks sweet but I dont really need 8 ports now as I only have 2 systems.. and the other one looks a little off my budget..

    Between the 2 at Scan, which do you guys recommend?

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    I use the DLink 604 linked above with my Blueyonder line... just make sure (which it should be) that it is infact the Rev 2/Rev b or higher, as the rev 1/Rev A keeps falling over and dropping the connection.

    This new revision b I have here has only had to be reset 3 times in the year+ I've had it.

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    When you get your router set up (all you have to do is connect the cable modem to the router, then the router to the pcs) you need to do the following:

    Turn off the cable modem.
    Turn off the router.
    Turn off your pc.

    then

    Turn on the cable modem. Wait a minute.
    Turn on the router. Wait a minute.
    Turn on the pc.

    Good luck.

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