How do I find out whether I need network adaptors?

  davybear 17:59 04 Aug 2007

Just in the throes of setting up a wireless network at home.How can I find out whether the two PCs I want to use already have built in wireless network connections?
Where should I look?
Cheers in advance

  ambra4 18:19 04 Aug 2007

Start-Setting-double click-Network Connection

If you have a wireless card it will show up, the local area connection is the Lan card

Just right click and enable, if no wireless network connection you will need a wireless adapter

  davybear 18:45 04 Aug 2007

Thanks--there are two devices listed in that pane under "LAN or high speed internet"--one is local area connection three,marked "Globespan USB ADSL LAN modem",and shows"connected",the other says Local Area Connection and says "network cable unplugged".Would that second one be what I'm looking for?

  ambra4 20:38 04 Aug 2007

local area connection three,marked "Globespan USB ADSL LAN modem

Is the USB modem/router

Local Area Connection and says "network cable unplugged is the Lan card which is the one you should use to connect to the router

Remove the router from the USB port and uninstall the driver

Connect a Ethernet cable from the router port 1 to the Lan card on the pc

There is no wireless card on your PC's

  ambra4 20:49 04 Aug 2007

Just follow these instruction to setup the pc's that is hard wire to the router If the second pc is a laptop you will need a wireless USB adapter

  ambra4 20:50 04 Aug 2007

Setting Up a Broadband ADSL2/2+ Modem/Router/Wireless 54Mbps with 4 Port Switch

Web Browser Settings

Internet Explorer 4.0 or Higher

Start IE web browser. Select “Tools” then “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”

Make sure there are no check 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 Computer

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

Tick the box “Show Icon in Notification Area When Connected,

An 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”

Do Not Change Any Other Setting

Click “OK”.

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

Other 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


Also check the Lan card is not being powering off by Windows XP

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-Power Management Tab

Untick if tick- Allow Computer to power off this device to save power

Router Setup

Power On The Router And Wait 1-2 Min’s

Start your browser and enter the router access code, check the manual and just follow the instruction

Once the router setup is completed and you have SAVE the setting log out and close browser

Reboot the Router by power it off and back on and wait 1-2 Min’s

You should see 5 green lights showing on Modem/Router

The 2 displays Icon should be in the task bar-Right Click-Status-Support

What you should see is the following:

Address Type: Assigned by DHCP

IP Address 192.186.1.XXX which is the Computer IP Address

Subnet Mask

Default Gateway 192.168.X.X which is the router IP Address

If you click the Detail button you will see a lot more information the WINS Server is always blank

You should now be able to browse the Internet

If you have any other blank spaces (Gateway, IP address etc) you need to recheck the Router Setup and LAN Card setting

  ambra4 21:02 04 Aug 2007

I take it that the modem is not just a USB modem, as it will not allow networking the second pc as it allow only a single PC Internet access

If it is you need to get an ADSL2/2+ Modem/Router/Wireless 54Mbps with 4 Port Switch

  ambra4 21:10 04 Aug 2007

Hope all this information make sense and you understand

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