RJ11 to RJ45 Converters

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 Question by Rakesh Naik posted 19 Mar 2005
 RJ11 to RJ45 Converters
I have seen some Converters which convert RJ11 to RJ45 ( http://www.run-it-direct.co.uk/RJ45VoiceBroadBand.htm). I actually have a requirement where I use a Broadband Connected computer with Apple Airport. I also have a Laptop which works on a Dialup. I was hence looking at a solution where in I can use the Apple Airport to work with both PC and my laptop. the issue with Apple Airport is it connected to RJ45 but not RJ11. So using this connecter I was wondering If i could use Apple Airport with my laptop too.
Thanks in advance!
 Answer by Joseph Golan posted 21 Mar 2005
Dear Rakesh,

First, I have limited Apple experience but will try to assist you.

These convertors are only lead (plug) conversions and do not modify signals and are typically made for connecting a DSL type router which may have an 8-pin modular jack (RJ-45) and need to be connected to a RJ-11 jack on the wall for the incoming signal.

If your Broadband equipemnt is a router/switch and there is an open ethernet port, you should be able to connect the laptop to the network there.

From what I understand about the Apple Airport, there are two types; Express and Extreme.

This from the Apple site
Connect Wirelessly
AirPort Express uses the 802.11g wireless standard to deliver blazing data rates up to 54 Mbps.(3) It supports both Macs equipped with an AirPort Extreme Card and Wi-Fi-compliant 802.11g Windows PCs, as well as Macs with the older AirPort Card and 802.11b Windows PCs.

and for the extreme
Wireless Extreme
With AirPort Extreme, you can create a turbocharged wireless network accessible to both Macs equipped with the AirPort or AirPort Extreme Card and Wi-Fi-compliant Windows PCs, as well as other network devices like printers. A single AirPort Extreme Base Station allows up to 50 Macs and Windows PCs to connect wirelessly to each other and to the Internet(1) And because it employs the 802.11g wireless standard

Since both of these models are 802.11g compatabile, the easiest solution for your laptop may be a PCMICA card or USB adapter for wireless ethernet that meets this standard providing you have an open slot.

I used some Belkin products in my home wireless network and have been very happy with the results. Take a look at this website for more information.

Joseph Golan, RCDD

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