Connecting a wireless Router

  thumbscrew 17:30 09 Nov 2011

I've had a computer for a few years, always using a USB Modem. I've persuaded my ISP to give me a Wireless Router and it's on its way. I'd be extremely grateful if anyone could give me a simple breakdown of connection information. I'm on XP, use a tower not a laptop and, even though I'm on broadband (Talk Talk), I have to click an on screen connection box that appears after boot up, to connect the broadband.Also, when the Router is up and running, will I still get the aforementiond connection box and do I unplug and remove the old Modem or will the Router override it? Thanks.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:13 09 Nov 2011
  1. unplug and remove old modem

  2. connect the modem to the PC with the ethernet cable provided

  3. run the software (driver) cd that comes with the new modem and follow the procedure to connect to Talk Talk. you will need your Talk Talk username and password.

Once set up, you will be permanently connected no need to log in just click on your browser to get on the net. So make sure you are running some sort of security programs like an antispware and antivirus that start at boot up.

If not using the wireless connection I suggest you disable it as added security to prevent others using your connection.

  thumbscrew 18:32 09 Nov 2011

Thankyou Fruit Bat,I was called today by Talk Talk to confirm. Re your advice about connecting via the ethernet cable, she informed me that because it was wireless, there would be no direct connection between the Router and my machine. Could that be the case?

  Ian in Northampton 18:35 09 Nov 2011

In my experience - fairly limited to 2-3 installs - setting up a router requires a wired connection first of all. Once the router is set up, then you simply remove the cable between your PC and the router, and connect wirelessly.

  thumbscrew 18:45 09 Nov 2011

Thanks Ian, ok it's beginning to make sense...only one thing could stall it, I've had this computer about six years and I don't know whether there are any Ethernet ports on it!

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:51 09 Nov 2011

Wireless will only work if there is a wireless card in your machine or you fit a card or use a usb wireless dongle.

Ethernet port looks like this

  Ian in Northampton 18:57 09 Nov 2011

Even at six years old, you should have an Ethernet port, I'd have thought. But Fruit Bat /\0/\ makes an excellent point... The simple things are the easiest to overlook.

  thumbscrew 19:04 09 Nov 2011

Ok thanks both, is there any way or anything I can do to easily check whether or not I've got a wireless card installed?

  thumbscrew 19:04 09 Nov 2011

Ok thanks both, is there any way or anything I can do to easily check whether or not I've got a wireless card installed?

  onthelimit1 19:15 09 Nov 2011

Most unlikely that a 6 yr old PC would have wireless. However, you can check in device manager to see what items are listed under Network Adaptors.

  thumbscrew 19:18 09 Nov 2011

Thanks onthelimit....can't see one...this rules out a Router methinks??

This thread is now locked and can not be replied to.

Elsewhere on IDG sites

Forza Horizon 4 review

This embroidered stop motion music video for They Might Be Giants is a monster spotter's dream

iPhone XS vs iPhone X: What is the difference?

Comment faire la mise à jour d’un Mac vers macOS Mojave ?