Sorting A Wireless Network

  sean-278262 22:10 04 Aug 2007

A friend of mine has a Modem that enters the house in the front room from this they want to connect an Ethernet cable to the wireless router going to the centre of the house to maximise the coverage and quality of the wireless network.

However on plugging it all in the Wireless router does not seem to work. It appears and connecting to it works fine with changing settings over an Ethernet cable. However when you connect wirelessly it just goes to limited or no connectivity.

I am not very networking inclined and thought it would be pretty simple to do but it just doesn't seem to work. I thought it would just work out the box like my network switch at home does.

What do I need to do to get wireless running in their house as I am clueless with this stuff.

  ambra4 23:26 04 Aug 2007

The length of the Cat5 Ethernet Cable from the modem to the wan port on the wireless router must not excess 90 meters max.

Once you have connected the modem to the wireless router you have to setup the router to access the broadband modem

Connect a second Ethernet cable from port 1 on the router to the Lan port on the PC

Check the following areas on the pc is correct

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.

  ambra4 23:27 04 Aug 2007

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 Wireless router

Other Network Connection Setting to Check

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

  ambra4 23:27 04 Aug 2007

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 23:28 04 Aug 2007

Setting Up The Wireless System in the Router

You have to setup the Wireless Network Name the SSID address on the router first

By default some wireless router come setup with the manufacture name as the SSID address 3Com, Linksys, Belkin etc, you can change the SSID address to any name you want to give the Wireless Network, 452john06 or ezyclip01 etc.

You can also change the Wireless Channel # Default is normally Channel 11

Write it down; as the same SSID name and Channel # must be used on the wireless device when set it up to access the wireless router.

Do not setup the security system as yet, make sure that you can access the router and browse the Internet first, and then setup the security system.

If you get it wrong the wireless device will not access the wireless router or the Internet

Wireless Device Setting

Some laptop computer with a building wireless card required you to switch on the Wireless Radio Antenna via a small slide switch on the laptop

You can also enable the wireless card from inside the Network Connection Area

Start-Setting-Network Connection-Right click-Wireless Area Connection-Enable

If not sure if laptop have a antenna switch check the manual

If using a USB Adapter you need to install the software driver first before plug in the USB Adapter

Check out this site before you setup the wireless system could save you a lot of time and headache.

click here

  ambra4 23:29 04 Aug 2007

Question said by first time user of Cable/ADSL Wireless Broadband

The first PC does not have to be on for the wireless system to work

Once the router is on all wireless devices should have local and Internet access

If you install a wireless card or a USB Adapter and move it a difference room, and need to change any setting on the router, you must move it close to router and connect via the LAN cable

With a hard wire system the LAN card runs at 100Mbps, wireless runs 54Mbps

You cannot see the wireless system from a hard wire PC only your Local Area Connection

If there is a wireless card or adaptor installed on the PC you will see it in the network connection area

You cannot have both the LAN and Wireless connect at the same time.

As this causes conflict within the router

Some computers will automatic disable the LAN or wireless card as required

The hard wire connection will allow you access the wireless router setup Wireless, Internet, Security, Password etc.

The connect speed on the wireless PC is governed by the location of the router to the laptop, distance, amount and thickness of walls, quality of signal etc. it can verity from 11Mbps to 54Mbps

  ambra4 23:35 04 Aug 2007

Hope this help to clear up any problems you have

Good luck and enjoy

  Strawballs 23:42 04 Aug 2007

If your friend is on a cable ISP (Virgin) then follow ambra4's advise but if on ADSL then connecting router to modem will not work you will need a combined modem/router that you can connect to filter on the phone point by a phone wire.

  sean-278262 12:50 09 Aug 2007

Why would it not work if they have a Cable ISP out of interest?

  hellys 20:29 30 Aug 2007

Further to the above: I also am having problems installing my Belkin modem/router; do I have to completely uninstall my Virgin-supplied Speedtouch modem, both hard and software before I attempt to install my Belkin hard/software?

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