do i need a router

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just ordered a 6500. my PC has one Ethernet port which is in use by my cable modem. do i need a router (i think i do) if so, what kind do you recommend (NOT wireless please) 73
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Richard Clafton W4/G7EIX, Elmer

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I love TP-Link Gear.  Solid, reliable and inexpensive.   And if you don't want Wireless at all, then this is a good option.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833704130

Spec sheet here:

http://www.tp-link.com/lk/products/details/?model=tl-r600vpn

Quick Install Guide here....

http://www.tp-link.com/resources/document/TL-R600VPN_V2_QIG_7106504437.pdf

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The answer is - NO, you do not need a router.  It can be connected directly to your ethernet port on your computer.  But then, you would need a second ethernet port on your computer to connect it to the internet, unless you use wireless.
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Indeed, I should have pre-faced my response with "YES - if you want to be able to use the internet and the 6500 at the same time" :-)
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understand. also, will i need a crossover cable and if so how is it connected....between the 6500 & the router of between the PC & router? i am not a computer geek OBVIOUSLY!
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No crossover cables needed at all.  Just straight CAT5/CAT6 LAN cables.  Look me up on QRZ - G7EIX and drop me an email and I will send you a list of what you need - and can also help you with config if required.
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i do need the cable modem connected along with the 6500. also, i do not want a wireless router. Thanks Richard, looks like the way to go.
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The Cable modem will plug into the WAN port on the Router, and your PC and the Flex will take a LAN port each.  This will leave you with 2 free network ports - so you can add another PC, a SAN or perhaps another Flex 6000 down the road.

Using the Router will allow you to access the internet while also using the Flex - great for QRZ lookups and software updates .

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Don,
I would suggest that you look at the Netgear N600 Wireless Router.  I know that you said that you didn't want wireless, so when you set it up, you just turn off the wireless.  I have this router installed and am running my Flex 6500, as well as an EchoLink Server, and IRLP Node, along with many other internet related tasks.  It will do the trick and you won't be dissatisfied.  It has a router and 4 port switch built in for under $100.
John
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I don't understand that logic.   The N900 is a cracking WiFi Router with dual band - but disabling the WiFi on it basically turns it into a stock router no better than the TP-Link.   Seems like false economy to me - especially when you have no use for WiFi.

The TP-Link Wired Only has every feature you could possibly need when compare to the Wires only side of the N900 (of which I also have).    And the TP-Link is still around $40 cheaper.
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Richard,
I am pretty sure that one day soon Don will wished he had the WiFi so that he could access the Flex with an iPad or other such device, $20 more now, or start all over later?  Apps already out there for this.  Having the Wireless ability for down the road seemed forward thinking.  I have a Nexus 7 Pad that I use on my wireless for controlling all sorts of devices within my home network.

John
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Thanks for your response John. i've ordered a wired 4-port router from Newegg for $62 so that should be more than enough for my requirements. i just got off the phone with Matt Youngblood and he says the 6500 will ship next week so i want to ready to plug-and-play as much as possible when the radio arrives.

before i bought my 5K i downloaded PowerSDR and some .wav files and i also downloaded VAC and virtual com port software so that when the radio arrived i was up and running in half an hour. only problem i had was when i tried to get on digital (PSK 31) i kept hearing this strange noise in the background on transmit. turns out, that "noise" goes away when you pay for the registered version of VAC.
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I agree 100% with you.   I could not live without Wi-Fi, so many devices have that capability now and with the ability to offer Guest Wi-Fi to my friends when we have them over is way better than giving them access to my private network.

But I do know people who have Wired only and prefer it - they use 2G, 3G or LTE for their mobile devices and are happy with it.   Each to their own.   
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i go back to when an 8-bit computer running at 500kHz with 256 bytes of memory was state-of-the-art! i don't really see myself wanting or needing to operate mobile...i don't even own a cell phone. Flex is dragging me kicking and screaming into the 21st century, hi, hi.
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Welcome to the Dark Side!
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Don,
I have had mine since early Nov. 2013, and never would have dreamed I would ever own such a radio.  It sure beats my National NC-88 receiver and Globe Scout 75 Watt CW transmitter from 53 years ago!  lol

John
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my first receiver was a Hallicrafters S-40B which i bought used from Harrison Radio in 1963 for $50. i didn't get my license until 1976 by which time i had a Heathkit SB-104 transceiver. after that i bought a Kenwood TS-440 which i later replaced with an Icom 756 Pro III (which i still have) and then i bought a Flex 5K fully loaded in 2009. Radio has come a long way in 50 years but i still miss the smell of hot bakelite and the glow of vacuum tubes!
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I would just like to make one comment.  It is not a good idea to have your computer connected directly to the modem. You give access to your computer to everyone on the internet.  A router will protect you to a large degree.  It is like having a hardware firewall.  It can be a switch or router(wireless or not). But I agree that sooner or later will want to use a wireless device of some type.

73 Tom KM5H 
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the router is on the way. i will not go mobile, period. the corrupt, self-serving gang of liars and thieves on Crapitol Hill and Constipation Avenue already get enough ILLEGAL OBTAINED information about me as it is.besides i live in the country at the end of the power and phone grids and my phone line crashes regularly, about every 18 months so i will keep the wired phone just to spite the phone company. 73