Wireless laptop downstairs, PC upstairs. Connect?

  heathervan 07:40 29 Dec 2008

I have a wireless laptop s/wireless router downstairs and just plugged in a PC upstairs. How do I connect to the internet upstairs?

Also, the ability for both computers to be online at the same time would be great.

One more question, can I have the laptop networked to the PC just in case I need to access the PC files? Laptop is primarily pleasure and PC is business, but if PC breaks down I'd like to have access to files.

Thank you.

  cheap 11:05 29 Dec 2008

First of all you need one of these click here
You will need to open your pc to fit the card.

If you do not feel comfortable opening your pc then get one of these click here

With one of these fitted yes you will be able to connect both computers to the internet at the same time. But you will have to read your router user manual on connecting your wireless card to the network.
As for connecting to the pc from the laptop you will need to set up a home network (please browse the forum on how to do this).
If the computer breaks down or is turned off and the file that you need is on there then you will be unable to access it. The only way round this is to get a very expensive server unit.

Hope this helps.

  ambra4 14:29 29 Dec 2008

“I have a wireless laptop s/wireless router downstairs and just plugged in a PC upstairs”

“How do I connect to the Internet upstairs?”

Trying to understand your problem

You have a wireless modem / router which is connected to your laptop via the wireless system and working fine

You now want to connect a second pc via an Ethernet cable from the router

You need to set up the Ethernet Lan card on the second computer before you can access the internet

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”.

Go back to the Connection Tab and select “Never dial a connection”,

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”

Right-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

Select-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

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- Set to Hardware Default (Auto)

Click – Connection Type – Change to Auto-Negotiation

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


You should now have access to the Internet

“One more question, can I have the laptop networked to the PC”

Yes you need to set up a network - Start – Setting – Network Connections

Click on Network Setup Wizard

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