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Old 11-04-2007, 04:46 AM   #1
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Default Please Step by step on how to set up wireless networking

I was having huge problems with trying to get my laptop hooked up with my wirelss home network. I messed with setting I guess I shouln'nt of, so I reformated my laptop back to day one so I could start over cause I could'nt figure it out from where I was. Now could somebody please help me out and help me step by step and set up my home network. I am very new to the computer technology so please forgive me when I say "what did you mean" Anyway this is the equipment I have. Laptop(HP dv6449) cable modem(motorola SB5101) Router(LINKSYS WRT54G) The Comcast cable line comes in from the wall to the modem, then I have an ethernet going from the the modem to the router then an ethernet to my desktop. Now I want to get my laptop so I can use it all over the house. Could somebody please instruct me on what to do next. I have to go to work this morning for a little, but I will be back probally in about 6 hours. Just incase you guys help, I don't want you to think I'm ignoring you. I will check back as soon as I come in the door. Thanks a million.
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Old 11-04-2007, 12:29 PM   #2
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Default Re: Please Step by step on how to set up wireless networking

The first question I have is, does the laptop have a wireless adapter? I see that it has built in Bluetooth wireless, but that won't allow you to connect to your Linksys WRT54G.
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Old 11-04-2007, 12:37 PM   #3
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OK, quick question. Does the desktop connect to the internet? If it doesn't, make sure the cable from modem is going to the "Internet" port on the router, and the cable going to your computer will go in any of the other four ports on back.

Now for wireless. Your router has three ways of setting up wireless. You can use the CD that came with it, the little CISCO button on the front is supposed to be a quick wireless setup (I'm not sure how well that works), or you can set it up manually through the web browser. I believe the IP for the web-browser should be 192.168.0.1, but it could be 192.168.1.1 default username and password are both "admin".

Let me know what way you want to set up the wireless, and I can help you though. I just don't wanna remote log onto my sister's computer to double check the location of the settings if you are not comfortable doing the web-browser setup.
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Old 11-04-2007, 12:48 PM   #4
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Ours is 192.168.1.1

But that's the million dollar question is if your laptop has built in wireless networking capability. That Linksys looks like it's the wireless model. It can also hook up to cable ethernet too which looks like that's how you have it with your current desktop PC.

If your laptop does have wireless bult in, you just have to enable it by flipping the switch to "on" somewhere on the outside of your laptop or by the keyboard. Also what operating system are you using? Next, you want to connect to a network.

Did you want a pure home network with Internet sharing or just plain Internet sharing?
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Old 11-04-2007, 01:24 PM   #5
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Wow, hold on guys not some many questions at once. Yes the laptop has wireless built in. I was surfing the net with it already but I accidently changed some of the settings and could'nt figure out how to fix them. So I recovered the computer with recovery discs so I could start from scratch. So here I am ready to listen to all of you guys. I don't know what a wireless adapter is. And how do I find out what my web browser is? I guess I'll set it up manually since I probally don't have a wireless adapter. What about an ethernet going from the laptop to the router? I don't have a router disk neither. So where do I start? thanks
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Old 11-04-2007, 01:27 PM   #6
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If your laptop already has wireless built in, you don't need a wireless adapter. It's only for those PCs that doesn't have a wireless Internet capability.

Web browser is sort of irrelevant when connecting to the Net, but most people use Internet Explorer since it's built in with Windows OS. It's that big logo with a lower case "e". You can find it when you go to the Start Button. It will say "Internet Explorer" next to it.

If you want to hook up the laptop to the router through Ethernet, you have to check to see if there's a big fat telephone looking jack (RJ-45) somewhere on the outside of the laptop. Then you'll need an extra Ethernet cable to plug it into the back of the router (from your laptop).
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Old 11-04-2007, 01:30 PM   #7
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yes it has ethernet ports
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Old 11-04-2007, 01:32 PM   #8
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Then if you were to plug the cable directly from the laptop to the router, your Internet should be instantly connected.

Unless if your firewall is blocking Internet Explorer (your web browser) .
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Ok I have internet that way. But can you help me be able to go wireless so I can go around the house like it was set up before? Thanks
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Old 11-04-2007, 01:40 PM   #10
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Your laptop should've picked up the wireless signal from the router by now. Hmmm, from what you've posted above, this is the router you have:

LINKSYS WRT54G IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g Wireless-G Broadband Router
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16833124010

Are you sure your laptop has wireless turned on? It's usually a button somewhere where you have to manually enable it. My Dell laptop came with the wireless "off". I flipped it "on" and it worked.

If it is "on", you need to connect to your network which is through your router. Are you running Windows XP or Windows Vista?

Either way, you need to go to Start button/Control Panel/Network and Internet/Connect to a network.

You'll see a bunch of other networks that show up. Click on the one that has the maximum signals (which will likely be your router--it will be labeled as Linksys I think) and double click on that to connect.




For Windows XP:

Right-click the wireless network icon in the lower-right corner of your screen, and then click View Available Wireless Networks.

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The Wireless Network Connection window should appear and you should see your wireless network listed with the network name you chose. If you don't see your network, click Refresh network list in the upper-left corner. Click your network, and then click Connect in the lower-right corner.

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Windows XP prompts you to enter a key. Type the encryption key that you wrote down earlier in both the Network key and Confirm network key boxes, and then click Connect.

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Windows XP will show its progress as it connects to your network. After you're connected, you can now close the Wireless Network Connection window. You're done.
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The wireless switch is in the front of the laptop it is on. I am running vista. I went to the control panel amd connect to the internet. There are 3 options 1-wirelss 2- broadband 3-dial-up. I assume I should click on the wireless one.
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did that. Now it's asking me for a passphrase> Actually security key or passphrase. Where can I find that?
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Hmmm, Linksys usually has that disable when you get it. But look around the outside of the Linksys router and look for a sticker or something that has the the word "WEP" or "WPA" written. Next to that, is your secret security key. Enter that in.
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I think I am in trouble there is nothing of those letters that you mentioned. I went to the linksys websight I can download a data sheet, manual or what ever firmware is, Will any of this help?
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You don't need the firmware or data sheet. The manual will help.

I should tell you to disconnect the Ethernet cable first before doing all that. Is there a chance that you might have been trying to connect to other wireless networks?

Leave the cable plugged in and try this. Click on Internet Explorer. In the address toolbar, tpye 192.168.1.1

Then for the username and password, they're both--admin.
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I managed to get into my router settings by entering the ip address into the search engine. I am at my router settings but the password is hidden be a ************* So I can't see it. But I can change the router back to it's factory default settings. What will this do?
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Is there an option to deselect or reset the WEP security?

Connect back to the web-based configuration of the router (http://192.168.1.1/ ) and go to the wireless security tab. The key should be in plaintext there. Click on wireless tab then click on wireless security sub-tab you will see there your network key, if the default transmit key is set to 1, that means the set of numbers or letters you see in the key 1 field is your network key.
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since I didn't know the username and password it won't let me back in. Is there anyway around this dillema? What if I call linksys? Would they tell me?
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username and password is: admin

Yeah, they can help you if you call them directly. But they'll probably tell you the same thing. My router for instance....if I forget the WEP key, I can log into my router (just as how I explained to you) and look in the advanced tab, etc., etc. The WEP key is right there in plain site. I copy it down with pen and paper. Go back to the Windows Connect to Network window and type that in. Once it's in, you're connected to the Internet. This key will never have to be entered again as long as you don't change your default WEP key.
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