Trying to use wireless for the first time, need help to set up.

  bumpkin 20:13 26 Oct 2011

Hi everyone, I am trying to set up a wireless network but not doing too well so far. I have a wireless router and modem which seems to be working OK according to its led display. Problem 1 is I have my main pc connected to the router with a cable and this works fine but I want to connect the wireless connection. Tried the wizard and it wants me to have a USB stick but on this machine I have PCI card so when asked I have to choose manual setup which gives me a printout of the settings and thats it. No info as to what to do next.

Problem 2 is one of the other machines I want to connect (using a USB stick this time) will only show a 162.x.x.x address not and I cant change it using ipconfig /release ipconfig /renew, just does not work.

My first attempt at wireless stuff so need a bit of guidance please.

Any replies much appreciated, thanks Ray.

  bumpkin 22:35 26 Oct 2011

Hi Robert, thanks for your reply, I will try your suggestions, currently using XP Pro on 2 PCs and XP Home on the other not familiar with Vista. I would like to try your suggestions now but I will have to disconnect my wired router I think or can I keep the wired router "linksys gateway" connected to the phone line and also the wireless one "Sumvision" at the same time. If I can have both connected makes things easier but the plugging in gets a bit complicated with splitters etc.


  mgmcc 20:58 28 Oct 2011

You can only have one Modem, or Modem/Router, connected to the ADSL enabled phone line. However, you can play about with getting your wireless network up and running without having to be connected to the internet and thus the phone line.

When connecting wirelessly, it shouldn't make any difference whether your network adapter is USB or PCI as long as it's recognised and properly installed. It should appear in the Network Connections folder as a "Wireless Network Connection". Once connected properly to the router, it should get its IP and other addresses automatically by DHCP. If this doesn't happen, it hasn't connected properly and allocating fixed addresses isn't going to help; it actually disguises the fact that there is a problem.

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