The 5100b has 5 lights and the 5100a has 4. But when you ask the customers they all say they have 3 lights (can't count higher I guess)
But no manual came with
just software and a manual for the software. Also
Hook it up, the modem is a DHCP server and will provide your computer with that information automagically.
( By the way, where can I download
I suspect from the same place that you download the manual. )
cat-3 cable is cat-3 cable. Any quality telephone cable should work.
( Or I can use the whole
A better choice becuase the cat-5 (or better) ethernet cable is less likely to be interferred with than the cat-3 telephone cable.
Not sure what you mean by 'previous modem'. A dial-up modem (56k) is a telephone (read: voice frequency) device and must go through the telephone side of the filter. Alarm systems often require a special filter provided ($) by the alarm company.
This should work.
Don't do this (and don't read into it so closely (g)).
In answer to your other question about the NIC, your service is going to max out at 3mbps (maybe 6mbps) (15mbps in limited test areas). A 10BaseT NIC (10mbps) is overkill for a 3mbps connection. the 100BaseT NICs (100mbps) can communicate very well with the modem. The 1000BaseT NICs could have trouble connecting to the modem.