Unable to connect modem router to Dell Desktop "Dimension C521"

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Unable to connect modem router to Dell Desktop "Dimension C521"

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Hi, I have a Netgear DGN3500 wireless modem router that I'm trying to setup on my Dell desktop "Dimension C521".  I get the error message "Ethernet adaptor required".  I'm not sure why I am encountering the error message, as I have successfully installed a modem previously on the desktop via a ethernet cable.

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  • An ethernet cable looks similar to a dial-up modem cable (phone line). Are you sure that's what you did previously?

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