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Hey why would I only b able to connect through a router? I can't take the same ethernet cable supplying broadband to router (LAN) and hook direct to my 'puter. It works fine when going throught the router but not when plugged directly.
 

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Ok:I need to understand what you mean:
If you mean direct connected to the modem,any cabling change to the modem requires a modem power on reset.Power off the modem for at least 30 seconds.
So normal broadband(DSL or cable,by the way ?) connects from cable or dsl directly to a modem.Then if a standalone router is involved,connected to the router wan port probably and then from router'lan port to pc's ethernet port.
Kind of like so :
We just want to verify cabling and maybe get on the same page to understand your question.
Tips on setting up broadband connection, courtesy of Johnwill

You don't need any setup disk to configure a broadband router.

Reset the router to factory defaults by holding the reset button down for 15 seconds with power on. The following procedure should get you a connection with any broadband modem that is configured to use DHCP for the router connection, such as cable modems, and many DSL modems. If you require PPPoE configuration for the DSL modem, that will have to be configured to match the ISP requirements.
• Turn off everything, the modem, router, computer.
• Connect the modem to the router's WAN/Internet port.
• Connect the computer to one of the router's LAN/Network ports.
• Turn on the modem, wait for a steady connect light.
• Turn on the router, wait for two minutes.
• Boot the computer.

When the computer is completely booted, let's see this.

Hold the Windows key and press R, then type CMD (COMMAND for W98/WME) to open a command prompt:

NOTE: For the items below in red surrounded with < >, see comments below for the actual information content, they are value substitutions from the previous command output!

In the command prompt window that opens, type type the following commands one at a time, followed by the Enter key:

IPCONFIG /ALL

PING <computer_IP_address>

PING <default_gateway_address>

PING <dns_servers>

PING 206.190.60.37

PING yahoo.com

Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter to copy the contents to the clipboard.
Paste the results in a message here.
 

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After connecting your modem directly to your computer, renew its DHCP address. Please provide which OS you are using, and I will provide specific steps for it if you have difficulty.
 

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Was the router handling your User name / Password authentication for the DSL service or is that handled by the modem?
 

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Note that you MUST reset the modem whenever you connect a different device to it. If you connect directly to the computer, you have to power cycle the modem too.
 
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