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June 23, 2010 4:18:29 PM

Hi,

I have just ordered a dir-655 router, and something that I noticed is that my phone line rj11 wont fit the rj45 socket on the new router, so i'm going to buy a rj11 to rj45 converter.

Will this work or do I need to buy a modem which the router connects to?

I'm currently using a BT HomeHub that lets me plug the rj11 straight in.

Thanks in advance,

Tom.

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Anonymous
June 23, 2010 4:39:54 PM

"i'm going to buy a rj11 to rj45 converter.

Will this work"

Don't even attempt it.

You either need a modem or, more helpfully a router with a built in modem (like the BT Homehub). If the Homehub is that biggish white or black unit with facility to add a cordless phone, what's wrong with it ?
June 23, 2010 5:44:41 PM

It's pretty crap tbh, cuts out often, and doesn't have the wireless range I need, so bought the dir-655. Will any old cheap modem be ok to use with it?

Thanks.
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June 23, 2010 6:01:02 PM

can i connect the dir 655 to the bthomehub with an ethernet cable and basicly use the homehub as just a modem?
Anonymous
June 23, 2010 8:38:50 PM

"can i connect the dir 655 to the bthomehub with an ethernet cable and basicly use the homehub as just a modem?"

Yes. But read this first: http://kb.netgear.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1080

I have to say I rather agree about the Homehub -- I have one found in the garbage and it seems to periodically lose any changes I make to the settings. I've played with other Thomsom units and they were unpredictable too.

You may be happier dumping the Homehub and asking your dealer to swap the new Dlink for an integrated router/modem oif the same brand (or preferably Netgear which are simpler to set up).
June 23, 2010 8:53:05 PM

Do you think one of those BT Voyager modems that you can get for around 5 pounds would do the job or would it bring the performance down in a big way?
Anonymous
June 23, 2010 8:57:29 PM

A separate modem does add complication.

But I'm sure anything with an ethernet socket will do -- obviously avoid those with only USB.
June 23, 2010 9:01:13 PM

Ok thanks! I think I'll get one of those speedtouch 330 modems as they seem to be very cheap on ebay.
Thanks for your help!
Anonymous
June 23, 2010 9:21:04 PM

My only caution would be that the user name and password may be embedded in the Modem -- make sure you can reflash it if necessary to clear them.
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