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Hey there people. Currently i have tesco broadband which uses an adsl modem. Im wanting a router so i can use xbox live without the Pc having to be switched on. If i buy " NETGEAR DG834 DSL M… Read More
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1d, 3m agoPosted 1 decade, 3 months ago
Hey there people.

Currently i have tesco broadband which uses an adsl modem.

Im wanting a router so i can use xbox live without the Pc having to be switched on.

If i buy " NETGEAR DG834 DSL Modem and Network Firewall Router" will this allow me to do this? Also will i just need an ethernet cable to connect my pc to this router to get the internet on ?

The more info i have the better as im pretty clueless on routers having never had one or looked into it.

Thanks
Midmac
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1d, 3m agoPosted 1 decade, 3 months ago
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It has 4 ports, of which one (any of them) can be used for the Xbox for Live without any problems.

Be aware though, it's not a simple plug and play device, it will require some basic networking knowledge for setting up to begin with.

You'll need a patch cable (RJ45).
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Browni
It has 4 ports, of which one (any of them) can be used for the Xbox for Live without any problems.

Be aware though, it's not a simple plug and play device, it will require some basic networking knowledge for setting up to begin with.

You'll need a patch cable (RJ45).

Thanks mate ,

Got a fair amount of knowledge on networking ( you need it for getting live working through ICS and zone alarm :giggle:) but not routers.

Plenty of RJ45 cables as well.

One more question, the main reason i was buying one was apparently it stabilises your broadband connection. My internet keeps dropping around peek times but connects straight away again. SNR problems

To what extent does a router fix this problem ?
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A router doesn't usually fix this.

A router is there mainly to 'route' the internet connection to more than one PC/item, but it does have the added feature of keeping the connection alive even though the PC/item is powered down (so long as the router is constantly powered).

If your internet drops, the router will automatically start the connection again, so you may only notice the problem if dropped for a long period of time.

The dropping could just be down to a poor contention ratio (how many users on the same pipe as you), which will drop connections at peak times if everyone is on there at any time (ADSL providers live on the fact that not everyone connects at once - yeah, right).

If you have used ICS etc, then you shouldn't have any problems following the instructions provided with the router.
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Got a fair amount of knowledge on networking ( you need it for getting live working through ICS and zone alarm :giggle:) but not routers.
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Just the man... if you dont mind me asking, could you possibly give me a run down of how you got your xbox360 setup through zonealarm, ive been trying to do it so that i can stream stuff from my PC to xbox360. Ive never been able to get that part working. I have xboxlive working just fine with all the settings in place on my netgear dg632 router :) ANy help would be greatly appreciated as ive been through the microsoft help sections countless times with no luck :-(
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Browni
If your internet drops, the router will automatically start the connection again, so you may only notice the problem if dropped for a long period of time.


Thanks again mate. With it automaticly connecting itself again i think this may solve my problem.

Tesco customer support has told me theres nothing i can do but try a router. I didnt have this problem on 1/2mb connection, when i upgraded to 1mb it started. Hence why i presumed its a Signal to noise ratio problem.

Think im going to buy it and see what its like. I would like one to not have to have the pc on for xbox live anyways so i cant lose.

Thanks for your help
Midmac
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paceCETTA
Midmac

Got a fair amount of knowledge on networking ( you need it for getting live working through ICS and zone alarm :giggle:) but not routers.


Just the man... if you dont mind me asking, could you possibly give me a run down of how you got your xbox360 setup through zonealarm, ive been trying to do it so that i can stream stuff from my PC to xbox360. Ive never been able to get that part working. I have xboxlive working just fine with all the settings in place on my netgear dg632 router :) ANy help would be greatly appreciated as ive been through the microsoft help sections countless times with no luck :-(


Hey mate,
Pain in the neck isnt it. Took me a while. Are you streaming from the pc using a ethernet cable?

What i did was get Zone Alarm Pro (legally :whistling:) and a program called Commview.

Commview sniffs out packets on connections. I ran this on my connetion form the pc to the xbox ( with ZA turned off ). It returns lots of ip address's which are sending packets to and from. All the ip address that have high traffic need to be added to your trusted zone on zone alarm. In all its about 8 ip address's.

You should also add the ip address of your xbox. To get this go to Network Connections and right click -> status on the xbox connection.

If you need more help just let me know :thumbsup:

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