I would like to keep using the wireless as I may be buying a laptop soon and would enjoy the freedom of a wireless connection. I asked at the store and they said they thought I could just use the Zoom as a wireless access point, but I can't seem to find any instructions on how to configure it, and the auto configure mode doesn't recognize the cable connection.
Does anyone have any idea on how to configure this? I can connect just fine with the cable modem using an Ethernet cable, so I know it isn't the connection.
The only thing you should need to do is turn off DHCP in the modem, give it an IP address on the inside network, and plug your current internet connection into the four port switch on the modem. If you can do that within the setup interface for that thing, you should be good, but I can't say for certain because I've never used one of those before (and DSL modem/routers are a little screwy sometimes).
You will need to make sure you have some form of DHCP on your home network (in other words, a home router between the cable modem and the rest of your computers).
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Oh, just buy another wireless router, already.
In all seriousness, without a WAN port on the Zoom, you're going to at best be able to use this thing as a bridge. And for $40 off NewEgg, you can grab an actual wireless router with nearly twice the range of your old Zoom modem, thus enabling you to -- for example -- access the Internet from your laptop while your PC is turned off, something that you won't be able to do while your PC is routing traffic.
quote:Originally posted by Kwea: This is a combination router/DSL modem. I think I can turn off the DHCP (not that I even know what that is, or what it does), but are you saying I need to get ANOTHER router?
I am just trying to use the router function of this one. I believe it can be done, I just don't know where to start.
Unfortunately, since it is designed specifically to handle DSL connectivity, there isn't any way for it to perform its routing functions with a cable connection. You *can* use it as a wireless access point, but it's functions as a router will not be usable, so all the computers on your network will have a public IP address from your ISP and be completely visible from the Internet.
edit: Let me clarify slightly. Cable modems don't do any routing whatsoever. The proper setup for a cable modem is like this...