Forgive the naive prose, but I am trying to learn what I need to do for a simple DSL installation. My ISP offers it, but they want to sell you a ``preconfigured'' dsl modem for $100. I've already got one, so they told me ``all I need to do'' is set the modem to a bridge connection and all will be well. The details:
a) I have Speedstream 5100 dsl modem, an early one I read can only support bridge connections. Only an on/off button on it *they call it I/O). It connects to an ethernet port.
b) My PC is an old IBM one with a 650Mhz cpu (fast enough for me) and ethernet support built into the board and hardware.
I am told the most simple DSL connection requires that I get a crossover instead of a straight through ethernet cable. Set up an ethernet lan connection to my modem, and ``configure'' the modem for bridge connection.
I've been told there is a way to use my browser to configure the modem, by surfing to the ip address of (my ISP's ?) router? I have not router on my side.
Please advise or point me to literature about how to set up my connection in windows and configure this modem.
Thanks in advance. I have consistently heard connection horror stories from friends when they try to install dsl, and want to avoid as much frustration as possible.