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Old September 22nd 09, 01:20 AM posted to microsoft.public.windowsme.internet
Mike M
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Default DSL on WinMe?

Win Me can be connected to the internet via DSL quite easily with by far the
easiest method being by using an ADSL modem/router which handles the ADSL
connection, can provide a NAT firewall and then connect to PCs or Macs using
either an RJ-45 network cable or by wi-fi (provide the router includes a
wireless access point). Al that is then required would be for the Win Me PC
to have a network card or motherboard network connection and then use an
RJ-45 network cable to connect the router to the PC. No additional software
should need to be installed on the PC.

It would appear that the Westell Wirespeed B90 is a simple modem with just
the one RJ-45 post so this would limit the user to connecting just one PC
unless they were to connect the modem to a router. Looking at the details
of the modem it would appear to be quite an old model given the user side
RJ-45 connection is limited to 10 Mbps and the ADSL speeds seem to be
limited.

In summary there is no reason why a PC running Win Me and with a network
card or port shouldn't be able to connect to the internet using the provided
modem however this modem wouldn't be my first choice. I always prefer to
use a router modem because such a device is able to provide a robust
firewall through the use of NAT (Network Address Translation) and also hide
your connection from the internet and therefore limiting your exposure to
the bad guys..
--
Mike Maltby



KC wrote:

I am helping a friend.
I was wondering if it is possible to connect an old HP Pavillion 2950
(WinMe) to a DSL service (I do believe it has an ethernet card)
The provider I suggest to my friend does not support WinMe, but they
say there is no reason it cannot work.
The provider use "We hand off a bridged-over-ethernet connection. In
simple terms an ethernet connection to your computer or router. After
you connect to the Internet using DHCP or Static IP's."
The provider also provide the client with a "Westell Wirespeed Model
#B90" DSL Modem.
Thank you


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Old September 22nd 09, 08:42 AM posted to microsoft.public.windowsme.internet
Noel Paton[_3_]
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Default DSL on WinMe?

Hmmm... a little searching shows that Westell produce a number of different
modems under the B90 banner...
the apparent latest being the 6100, whcih their FAQ says...
quote
This ADSL modem is a bridge device with a 10/100BaseT Ethernet port and a
USB port. The Ethernet port is plug and play and does not require drivers.
The USB port is compatible with USB 1.1 and USB 2.0. The USB drivers support
Windows98se, Windows ME, Windows2000 and Windows XP. This bridge modem
allows all traffic to pass through.
/quote
http://www.westell.com/faq/b90-611010-06-faq.html

As Mike has suggested, I would cseriously consider replacing this with a
'proper' DSLmodem/router, as that last sentence implies that there's no
protection whatever available in this beast.

OTOH, there's also the 7400 (also discontinued)
quote
This ADSL modem is a NAT router with a four port 10/100BaseT Ethernet switch
and a USB port. The Ethernet switch is plug and play and does not require
drivers. The USB port is compatible with USB 1.1 and USB 2.0. The USB
drivers support Windows98se, Windows ME, Windows2000 and Windows XP. This
router provides NAT functions with the option to configure firewall and port
forwarding.
/quote
http://www.westell.com/index.php?opt...9&Item id=135
which should be fine.

You friend needs to find out which exact model he's going to be getting -
and ask why the carrier is using out-of-date unsupported hardware.

HTH, rather than confuses!
--
Noel Paton
CrashFixPC

Nil Carborundum Illegitemi
www.crashfixpc.co.uk
"Mike M" wrote in message
...
Win Me can be connected to the internet via DSL quite easily with by far
the easiest method being by using an ADSL modem/router which handles the
ADSL connection, can provide a NAT firewall and then connect to PCs or
Macs using either an RJ-45 network cable or by wi-fi (provide the router
includes a wireless access point). Al that is then required would be for
the Win Me PC to have a network card or motherboard network connection and
then use an RJ-45 network cable to connect the router to the PC. No
additional software should need to be installed on the PC.

It would appear that the Westell Wirespeed B90 is a simple modem with just
the one RJ-45 post so this would limit the user to connecting just one PC
unless they were to connect the modem to a router. Looking at the details
of the modem it would appear to be quite an old model given the user side
RJ-45 connection is limited to 10 Mbps and the ADSL speeds seem to be
limited.

In summary there is no reason why a PC running Win Me and with a network
card or port shouldn't be able to connect to the internet using the
provided modem however this modem wouldn't be my first choice. I always
prefer to use a router modem because such a device is able to provide a
robust firewall through the use of NAT (Network Address Translation) and
also hide your connection from the internet and therefore limiting your
exposure to the bad guys..
--
Mike Maltby



KC wrote:

I am helping a friend.
I was wondering if it is possible to connect an old HP Pavillion 2950
(WinMe) to a DSL service (I do believe it has an ethernet card)
The provider I suggest to my friend does not support WinMe, but they
say there is no reason it cannot work.
The provider use "We hand off a bridged-over-ethernet connection. In
simple terms an ethernet connection to your computer or router. After
you connect to the Internet using DHCP or Static IP's."
The provider also provide the client with a "Westell Wirespeed Model
#B90" DSL Modem.
Thank you



 




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