Nikkij 21:55 30 Mar 2008

Hi everyone,

I am totally clueless and baffled by computers and now setting up a network at home is giving me sleepless nights!

Here's the situation, I have a desktop pc with no network card, connected by speedtouch USB modem (no other sockets on unit), via ADSL, to talk talk. I also have a works laptop which I am to use at home and need to connect it to the internet, I believe it has a Dell wireless card installed. Finally I have just purchased an ADSL wireless G router, with 4 ports and an ADSL port, - from ebay probably not the best move, brand unknown!

However I am not getting very far setting it all up, the router, being cheap! has limited instructions and the cd manual that comes with is gobbledy gook to me.

What do I need to connect to what to get a connection, firstly to the desktop PC which can be wired and then wirelessly to the laptop? (At the mo I have the modem plugged to USB on PC and to phoneline and ethernet from router to PC)

Hope that makes sense to someone it doesn't to me!

Many thanks Nicola

  ambra4 22:24 30 Mar 2008

First you cannot use both connection from the modem at the same time it either the USB

cable or the Ethernet cable

To use the Ethernet cable you have to install a network card to your desktop or use the

Laptop connected via the Ethernet port

To have both connected at the same time and able to access the Internet you have to get a

D-Link AirPlus G 54Mbps Wireless ADSL2/2+ Router with 54Mbps USB Adapter

This one come with a USB wireless Adapter

click here

  ambra4 22:29 30 Mar 2008

Should read to have "both computer connected"

You also need to set-up the LAN card on the laptop to allow access to the modem

How to set up the Lan card and network

click here

  Nikkij 18:30 31 Mar 2008

Thankyou for the info.

So if I've understood I need a USB network adapter or network card in the desktop to create the connection between the wireless modem/router and the PC.

Bearing in mind what you said about having to use just the USB OR ethernet connection, and my modem being USB and Router ethernet. To save puchasing the Dlink suggested is there anyway to use the router I have currently, would buying just a USB adapter work? or is it far simpler to simply buy the package?

Also the link on the second message isn't working

Many thanks again

  ambra4 20:31 31 Mar 2008

“ADSL wireless G router, with 4 ports and an ADSL port”

What is the make and model # of the router that you bought?

How to set up the Lan card and network on the PC and laptop

Web Browser Settings

Internet Explorer 4.0 or Higher

Start IE web browser. Select-Tools-Internet Options-Connection Tab

In the “Connection” screen, there are three selections:

“Never dial a connection”,

“Dial whenever a network connection is not present”

“Always dial my default connection”.

If you can make a selection, select “Never dial a connection”.

If you cannot make a selection, select “LAN Settings”

Untick marks next to any of the displayed Options:

“Automatically detect settings”,

“Use automatic configuration script”

“Use a proxy server”.

Click “OK”. Then click “OK” again in the “Internet Options” page.

Network Adapter Setup on all Computers

Also called a LAN card (Local Area Network) or NIC card (Network Interface Connection)

Click-Start-Settings-Network Connection

Double-click on the “Network Connection”

Left-click on the “Local Area Connection” associated with your network adapter

Select “Properties” from the drop-down menu.

In the “Local Area Connection Properties” window all boxes should be ticked

At bottom of display tick the box “Show Icon in Notification Area When Connected

A display Icon will appear in the task bar when you have finish the setup

Click-Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Click the “Properties” button

Select “Obtain an IP address automatically

Select “Obtain DNS server address automatically”

Click- Advanced-Click-WINS Tab-Tick-Enable LMHOSTS Lookup if untick

Do Not Change Any Other Setting

Click “OK”.

Your computer network card is now configured for use with the Modem/Router

  ambra4 20:32 31 Mar 2008

Other Lan Card Setting

Right click on Local Area Connection Display Icon on task bar

Click Status-General-Properties

At the top of display the type of Lan card will be displayed

Click Configure-Click-Advanced Tab

Click- Flow Control-Change to Enabled if Disabled

Click-Power Management Tab

Untick if selected "Allow Computer to turn this device off to save power

Network Connection Setting

Click-Start- Setting-Network Connection-New Connection Wizard

Select-Connect to the Internet-Next

Select-Set Up My Connection Manually-Next

Select-Connect using a broadband connection that is always on


  ambra4 20:37 31 Mar 2008

If you let us know the router make and model I will try to talk you thought the set up

Seeing that the Desktop do not have a Nic card you will have to use the laptop to access the router

Just forget the speedtouch USB modem for now

  Nikkij 21:16 31 Mar 2008

Router make and model - MENTOR - MR4CWGII

  Nikkij 22:16 31 Mar 2008

The laptop is already setup to use the network at my workplace, I still need this to work when I'm there, is setting it up to work at home with a different router going to affect that in any way?

  ambra4 23:13 31 Mar 2008

How is it connected at your work wireless or hard wire

  ambra4 01:13 01 Apr 2008

Have looked for the MENTOR - MR4CWGII 54Mbps ADSL Wireless Router + 4-port switch

This unit is no longer made and the company is out of business what you bought is a

Liquidation Stock unit and was made in Spain

Did you get a manual with the unit I would suggest you take a read and find the router

access code user name and password as you will need these to access the router to set it


If no paper manual check the cd that should have come with router as there should be a

pdf manual on the cd

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