chippy+ 00:29 30 Dec 2007

hi i have 3 pcs 2 xp home 1 with xp pro the three are connected with a wired router and virgin modem
can anyone help with instructions for the components to make the network wireless the 3 pcs do not have any wireless cards thanks Chippy

  Forum Editor 01:13 30 Dec 2007

will need to have a wireless network adapter fitted, and you'll need to buy a wireless router. Most of these have a broadband modem already built in.

The third computer can work without a wireless adapter, as long as you can connect it to the router via an ethernet cable, otherwise it, too, will need an adapter. Adapters can either be fitted internally (in a spare PCI slot) or can be external, USB adapters. These are a good choice if you're not comfortable with opening up your computer's case.

It all works like this:

1. The new wireless router is connected to a power supply, and to the ADSL telephone line.

2. You need to connect a computer (any one) to the router for the intitial setup process, and you do this using the ethernet cable that will be supplied with the router. During the process you'll access the router's configuration interface via your web browser, although you won't at that stage be connected to the internet. The process involves entering your ISP login details, and securing your new network by entering an encrypted password. This ensures that unauthorised people in the vicinity cannot use your wireless broadband connection without your knowledge. The information is saved to the router's firmware, and after that the router will make the connection automatically, each time you switch it on.

3. You'll need to install wireless network adapters on any computer that requires internet access - making sure that you install the supplied software before you connect the actual adapter.

4. At this stage you can disconnect the cable between the setup PC and the router, and install a wireless adapter on that machine.... or leave it permanently connected via the cable, in which case it will have internet access that way.

That's it - each machine will have access to the internet as long as the router is turned on. It isn't necessary to have the other machines running for that to happen. It isn't necessary (or desirable) to leave the router permanently switched on and connected to the internet - you can turn it off at night, or when you're out. It will automatically establish a connection for you when you switch it on again.

  chippy+ 11:49 30 Dec 2007

hi Forum Editor
thanks for the advice it is cable i have not adsl is that just the same for fitting i have noticed that the cable wireless routers are cheeper thanks again Chippy

  ambra4 14:49 30 Dec 2007

Since you are using Cable broadband you need to do the following

Most domestic cable ISPs have the cable modem configured to recognize only one client computer by the MAC address of its network interface.

Once the cable modem has learnt the MAC address of the first computer that talks to it, it will not respond to another MAC address in any way.

Thus if you swap one PC for another PC or adding a router, the new router will not work with the cable modem, because the router has a different MAC address to the PC.

You will have to purchase a router that is made for cable networking like

Linksys Compact Wireless-G 54Mbps Cable/ DSL Broadband Router

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D-Link 54Mbps Wireless Broadband Router

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You need to power off the Cable Modem, Router, and the Computer,

Connect the Cable modem to the router via the Ethernet port to the router wan port connect a second Ethernet cable from port 1 on the router to the lan card on the computer.

(IMPORTANT you must wait for the server to release the Mac address)

Wait 30 minutes

Power on the cable modem, once it has rebooted and gone fully online all indicator lights settled down,

Power on the router and wait until has fully rebooted.

Power on the computer and wait until it is fully rebooted

You should now able to access the router via the browser to configure it

Just follow the information supply by the Forum Editor once you can access the router

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