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Old 04-24-2016, 05:37 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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See the pic below? That's a modem from when I had Verizon DSL.
I've since lost the manual and have TWO basic questions.

1) What are the RED and BLUE connection points for?
2) Can I use this as a WiFi hub with cable internet?

Thanks.
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Old 04-24-2016, 06:45 AM
 
Location: Florida
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1) Blue is USB and Red not sure.
2) No. DSL and cable are completely different.
3) Manual can be found online.
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Old 04-24-2016, 04:22 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Anyone else? Lot's of looks...

The Blue connector has the USB symbol, but...
but it's some other type of fitting. que?

The Red is a single pin of some sort.
Anyone?

As to the adapting...
I figure that if I have an RJ45 OUT of the Cable modem
(that would otherwise go into the computer)
it should also be able to go into other things... like a WiFi Router.


Thanks again
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Old 04-24-2016, 08:15 PM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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Without a manual, I would suspect the Red is a "Pin (aka paper clip) Reset" button.
The USB is the "B" end of a USB "A" -to-USB "B" cable https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB#Standard_connectors
Any "RJ45" ports on the Cable modem will most likely be Ethernet ports.

Re adapting , you could try to connect a "hub''port on the Cable modem, to one of the "hub" ports on the DSL unit, using a Ethernet "crossover" cable, but don't be surprised if it does not work. The DSL unit would need to have been designed to support such a configuartion, which it probably was not.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethernet_crossover_cable
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Old 04-25-2016, 05:53 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Without a manual, I would suspect the Red is a "Pin (aka paper clip) Reset" button.
The USB is the "B" end of a USB "A" -to-USB "B" cable https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USB#Standard_connectors
Any "RJ45" ports on the Cable modem will most likely be Ethernet ports.

Re adapting , you could try to connect a "hub''port on the Cable modem, to one of the "hub" ports on the DSL unit, using a Ethernet "crossover" cable, but don't be surprised if it does not work. The DSL unit would need to have been designed to support such a configuartion, which it probably was not.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethernet_crossover_cable
Solid reply. Thanks
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Old 04-25-2016, 01:17 PM
 
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See the pic below? That's a modem from when I had Verizon DSL.
I've since lost the manual and have TWO basic questions.

1) What are the RED and BLUE connection points for?
2) Can I use this as a WiFi hub with cable internet?

Thanks.
You might be able to, my question would be why would you want to? Most cable providers will supply a wi-fi gateway so it would be redundant. If yours doesn't you'd be better off buying a current wireless router, that thing is older than my grandmother.
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Old 04-25-2016, 10:19 PM
 
Location: Cartersville, GA
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I am guessing that:
  • The Yellow outlets connect the router to computers and printers via. Ethernet. These are called "LAN" ports.
  • The light blue outlet in the center in a "WAN" port, that connects the router to a cable model or DSL modem.
  • The small hole surrounded in red is a button used to reset the device, using an unfolded paperclip, or similar object.
  • The dark blue outlet is a USB connector. Some older routers use a USB port to connect the router directly to a computer, while some newer ones use to to connect a printer or external hard drive. This would allow the printer or hard drive to be shared with all computers on the network. There is really no way to tell which purpose the USB serves on this particular router.

Get the model number from the bottom of the router, and enter this number into Google, folowed by "manual." You will likely be able to find a manual online.

Good luck!
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Old 04-26-2016, 06:45 AM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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I am guessing that:
  • The Yellow outlets connect the router to computers and printers via. Ethernet. These are called "LAN" ports.
  • The light blue outlet in the center in a "WAN" port, that connects the router to a cable model or DSL modem.
  • The small hole surrounded in red is a button used to reset the device, using an unfolded paperclip, or similar object.
  • The dark blue outlet is a USB connector. Some older routers use a USB port to connect the router directly to a computer, while some newer ones use to to connect a printer or external hard drive. This would allow the printer or hard drive to be shared with all computers on the network. There is really no way to tell which purpose the USB serves on this particular router.

Get the model number from the bottom of the router, and enter this number into Google, folowed by "manual." You will likely be able to find a manual online.

Good luck!
^^ Pretty much this.

If you want to use this as a Wifi repeater, you can likely just connect this device (yellow port) and your current router/modem via an ethernet cable. Your current router/modem ports should be auto-mdi/x capable, thus a crossover cable should not be required (you'll know right away if you do).

However, since you'll still need to configure the wifi settings. Your best bet is to search for the manual online, which would confirm all the settings/specs.
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Old 05-02-2016, 05:50 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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If you do try to use this this as a WiFi has as described above, you'll also want to disable the DHCP of this DSL router and probable have to check and change the IP address to avoid a conflict. Doing so might require you to manually configure a static IP address on computer.

That USB connector is to connect to a computer not a hard drive or printer.
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Old 05-02-2016, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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That USB connector is to connect to a computer not a hard drive or printer.
Not true. What would be the purpose of connecting a PC to the router like that?
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