How do I connect a wireless router to a cable modem wirelessly?

I want to go to DSL, because my broadband is way more expensive and has become very unreliable. My problem is that I don't have a phone outlet that is reachable to my home computer. Can I connect my home computer to a router and have the router talk "wirelessly" to the DSL modem? My current router is a Western Digital My Net N900.
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  1. if your dsl modem has wireless capabilities you can use the router as a wireless bridge you will need to update firmware on router with tomato or ddwrt firmware those will allow you to turn router into a bridge. I dont think they support western digital routers mainly linksys, dlink etc
  2. You would need a router that supports client mode and I don't think that ones does.

    If we assume that the wireless signal will reach from your DSL router to your computer it will likely be simplest to use a $20 USB WiFi card
  3. bill001g said:
    You would need a router that supports client mode and I don't think that ones does.

    If we assume that the wireless signal will reach from your DSL router to your computer it will likely be simplest to use a $20 USB WiFi card


    It is only 20 feet at most from where I would have the modem to my desktop. We also use several laptops and such but I still use my desktop a lot. I just need to be able to keep it functional and internet accessible. Are those USB wifi options reliable? Would it just connect with the cable modem? Thanks for your help
  4. The USB cards will be very similar in performance to your laptops. The USB ones are just the easiest to install. They do make internal cards for desktops but you do not get any huge advantage to using a internal card so it is generally not worth the hassle of figuring out which slots you machine has.

    I will assume you can't just run a ethernet cable which would be your very best option.
  5. bill001g said:
    The USB cards will be very similar in performance to your laptops. The USB ones are just the easiest to install. They do make internal cards for desktops but you do not get any huge advantage to using a internal card so it is generally not worth the hassle of figuring out which slots you machine has.

    I will assume you can't just run a ethernet cable which would be your very best option.



    Well we have tile in the way so I would have to run it up the wall and around the ceiling and I'm not sure I want to do that.
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