Use DSL router with Cable Modem

By itsalwaysaboutme ·
How do I connect my Verizon Actiontec DSL router to my cable modem?

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by retro77 In reply to Use DSL router with Cable ...

You can't. The DSL comes into your home via telephone line and your cable internet will come in via TV cable. What you need is a router/firewall behind your cable or DSL modem. Linksys is a good brand to look into.

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by Dr Dij In reply to No..

you can connect a hub to your cable modem or plug your PC directly to the ethernet on it. Neither is suggested; You need a cable router, about $35; short ethernet connection from one side cable router to cable modem, and it has 4 or 8 or more ethernet ports on other side. a wireless router would antenna instead, maybe some ethernet ports too and cost alot more.

the cable router is like door guard - only those packets you've requested are allowed back in, trojans ping packets that knock on your door are discarded, as they were never requested and not translated to the internal address the cable router assigns your PC if you turn on this feature.

And makes it easier to troubleshoot connection as you can tell the cable modem tech support, NO, there is NO link light on the cable router if the link goes out, rather than have them waste your time rebooting your PC.

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Save Yourself Some Grief

by rkuhn In reply to Use DSL router with Cable ...

Linksys, D-Link, Netgear, etc routers are cheap...$20-$50 for wireless A/B/G. About $80-$130 for pre-N. And maybe $20 for wired and no wireless.

I say that because your Actiontec "router" is actually a modem/router.

I suppose you could get it to work by simply not using the ISP port on the Actiontec and just going from the WAN port on the Actiontec to the WAN port on the cable modem (maybe needing a crossover cable) and changing a few settings, but really what you are wanting to do is connecting two modems together which is not what they were designed to do.

Your cable modem is just a modem and doesn't have any ports? If it is a normal cable modem nowadays, it'll have 4 ports on the back. Just buy a switch (maybe $20-$30) to add more ports.

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by itsalwaysaboutme In reply to Use DSL router with Cable ...

no, it's the crappy one that my cable company (roadrunner) gave me. it's not a multiport.i just thought i could configure it the same way this dude did (<a href=>other forum</a&gt but that was for a different brand. there is an option in my router's config to change the gateway and modem ip address. what if i match that with the addresses of the cable router. willthat work? ok ok if it doesnt,ill go buy one. i was just wonderin... thanks to all who've posted so far!

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