Re-connecting broadband to four computer's?.

  spuds 15:05 06 Jun 2012

I have previously had four computer's connected to broadband, but three of these were disconnected some time ago, and I now wish to reconnect, but I am having problems doing so.

The main computer runs on XP Home, another on XP Pro, the third on Windows 7 and a laptop on Vista. The main computer is hard-wired, as are the other 2 desktop's, the laptop is wireless and roaming within the home.

Main problem, I do not seem to be able to make a connection to the three other units, especially when it asks for passwords, which I have since forgotten. I have attempted to use the various operating system programs, without much success. Perhaps more me, than the computer's?.

Any help would be appreciated, but I must point out that the grey matter between the ear's is not working very well at the moment!.

  KRONOS the First 15:14 06 Jun 2012

What do you mean by password, I have 3 PC's connected via Ethernet cable a few wireless bits and pieces which only needed a password to log into my network. So that was the password on the router. if i am connecting a PC that I am repairing then it is just the case of plugging in another Ethernet cable and i am good to go.

You might need to reset your routers password,either by any button or more likely a pin in a little hole and then change the default password of the router to something you are likely to remember.

  spuds 15:39 06 Jun 2012

Chronus, that's the problem I seem to be having, the router is working with the main computer, but doesn't want to work with the other computer's. When I attempt to connect to the other computer's using auto-find or their own internet wizards, they appear to require the/a password?.

The router I am using is a TalkTalk supplied Huawei EchoLife 520b. I didn't want to try the pin in hole reset, in fear of losing the broadband connection altogether.

Not to sure if I am explaining myself properly?.

  interzone55 16:05 06 Jun 2012

Are the computers wired to the router, or are they wireless?

If hard wired the I'm not sure why they're getting a password request. If it's wireless the password is usually underneath the router with Talk Talk unless you changed it

  KRONOS the First 16:22 06 Jun 2012

I am not sure what you mean by "Auto find and their own internet wizards" If the PC's hard hardwired then they should not ask for a password, the wireless one will the first time you connect but not after that.

Perhaps I am missing something here. Have you tried a router reset yet?

  spuds 19:11 06 Jun 2012

alan14, as I said earlier, the three desktop computer's are hard-wired, and the laptop is wireless.

The password was changed by TalkTalk, and I have attempted to use the one I think is correct, but apparently it is not being accepted when trying to set-up the now disconnected computers?.

  spuds 19:16 06 Jun 2012

Chronus, the wireless laptop wouldn't connect, so I tried using Vista install wizard option (auto find?). it would not connect because it was requesting a password?.

I haven't tried a reset, because I was a little concerned about upsetting the one connection that I am using.

  Woolwell 19:58 06 Jun 2012

You should be able to enter the router's configuration pages and find the wireless password (probably not the same as for broadband) and if it is unreadable change the password so that the Vista laptop can log in to the wireless network.

  interzone55 20:40 06 Jun 2012

You shouldn't need a password for the hard wired computers, as long as they're in the same IP address range as the router they should just connect.

The router will most likely be

So change the IP addresses of the computers to , &

  Woolwell 20:46 06 Jun 2012

alan14 - The IP address should be allocated automatically.

  spuds 16:22 08 Jun 2012


I have now got internet connections with the desktops. All it leaves now, is the laptop with Vista, and the password request?.

Thanks everyone for the input. Will now tick as resolved.

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