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Belkin router

By chrisblues2
Jul 20, 2006
  1. Hello im wondering if anyone can help,

    I have recently purchased a laptop and i bought a wireless router so that i could use the internet connection from another room in my house. I have set the router up to my computer with the internet connection but now i haven't got a clue what to do next and how do get my laptop to start receiving the internet connection. Can anyone help please

    Thanks
     
  2. fastco

    fastco TS Rookie Posts: 1,511

  3. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,305   +52 Staff Member

    You plug your DSL/Cable modem into the WAN port of the router. Type 192.168.2.1 and press [enter] to enter the Belkin web admin utility. Type the user name 'admin' and the password 'password' to log in.

    EDIT: Default password may be blank or admin, too.

    You'll need to know something about how you connect to the Internet possibly. DHCP is very common for cable, PPPOE is very common for DSL. If you have DSL and you're Internet requires a login, you definitely have PPPOE. You'll need to setup the router so it can dial the connection or do whatever it needs to do to connect. Once the router is online, you'll be online too.
     
  4. chrisblues2

    chrisblues2 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks for your help but when i type that into the address bar it says cannot find it do you know why that is? Thanks for the website it also looks helpful.

    thank you
     
  5. nickslick74

    nickslick74 TS Rookie Posts: 883

    Are you using Cable or DSL?
     
  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,469   +327

    try 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1

    ps: if you get logged-in CHANGE THAT PASSWORD!
     
  7. chrisblues2

    chrisblues2 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Im on cable. i have tried those address's and they dont seem to work either. i cant find anywhere to access my routers settings even though it says it is connected to the computer. Also,when i go on my laptop it says the wireless connection is disabled and it doesnt let me enable it any ideas oon those would be helpful thank you.
     
  8. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,305   +52 Staff Member

    By default, most Belkins use 192.168.2.1. If you're plugging a network cable fromt the router to your computer and it isn't working, you have an unexpected problem. I'm assuming you use Windows XP or 2000. Does your computer notify you the cable is plugged in? If it doesn't, your cable might be bad, your network card may not be installed or working properly or the router might not plugged in.

    If you're notified the cable is connected, click Start / Run and type ipconfig. You should get something simliar to this:
    The 'default gateway' is your router's address. If you're numbers are a little different, like 192.168.2.2 it's okay. But if you're numbers start with 169.254.x.x or 0.0.0.0, your router isn't assigning IP addresses. As a side note, 169.254.x.x pops up when Windows is using APIPA, which is useless to you.

    Resetting your router.
    If you aren't getting a valid IP address, try unplugging all devices from your router except your computer and give it a hard reset (sets everything to factory defaults). The hard reset button is usually a recessed button located on the back or the bottom and you'll need to push it in with a pen or a paper clip (something long and slender). The procedure can vary, but you may have to hold it down for several seconds or unplug the router, hold in the reset button and plug the router back in. Continue holding for several seconds and then let go. Other times it just takes a quick poke....

    After 30 seconds or so, your computer should get an IP address. If it still doesn't work, you may have an issue with your computer or the router may be defective.

    Try a different cable
    Yeah, it seems obvious and perhaps even a little unlikely, but it is worth a try. Network cables periodically get yanked and tugged and they do 'go bad' from time to time.

    Check to see if your network adapter is installed
    Hold the Windows key and the Pause/Break key at the same time. Click on Hardware and click Device Manager. There will be a list of devices installed on your computer. Nothing should have a 'yellow bang' [​IMG]. If it does, this might be a result of your network adapter not being installed or having driver issues. You'll need to download the drivers and (re)install them.

    Most laptops have a hardware switch which turns the wireless card off and on. The idea is to save power and inrease security when you don't need to use your wireless. The switch might be a combination of buttons (FN and F2, for example) or there might be a button or sliding tab on the sides or top of the laptop, but this is probably it.
     
  9. chrisblues2

    chrisblues2 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    ok i will try those ideas thanks a lot for your help will be back on later to see if this works

    cheers
     
  10. chrisblues2

    chrisblues2 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I pressed FN and F2 and now my network adapter works and it has recieved the connection from my router and now the only thing i have to do is set it so the internet works because even though it recieves the connection from the router the internet doesn't automatically work which i thought it would. Does anybody know what to do now.

    Cheers
     
  11. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,305   +52 Staff Member


    Your answer is something along these lines:
    You need to configure your router to connect using your DSL modem. The IP address above 192.168.2.1 takes you to the router configuration page. Getting connected can be easy or difficult depending on your equipment and the quirks it may have. If it doesn't automatically connect, it is possible your line uses PPPOE - not DHCP. DHCP is usually the router default and it is automatic. Since you're likely using PPPOE, this means you should have a user name and password to 'log in' to your DSL. You'll punch in this information into the router setup page and it should connect. Remember that your router negotiates the connection and not your computer. So getting online is a matter of getting your router configured, as long as everything is working on your computer as designed.

    You may also be having equipment problems. Your modem may not be working or your router may be having issues. Your router setup guide and Internet service guide (or technical support) are the best resources you have.
     
     
  12. chrisblues2

    chrisblues2 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for your help i have managed to connect it to both my laptop and computer so the internet now works on both. I do have one more problem that im wondering if anyone can help me on. When connected to the internet and using it both on my computer and laptop the router seems to cut out and the internet connection stops working on both and it then wont let me connect back without taking the power out and putting it back in the router. My mate come round to help me sort out my router and he thinks the problem now is because the cable that is connected to my phone line and into my modem is a little damaged because of the metal part coming off the top it has been put back on but only by myself so not properly. It works fine when only one machine is using the connection and he seems to think it is because the connection cable is a little damaged, is this the problem or does anyone have any other ideas?

    thanks for your help
     
  13. hnsexeter

    hnsexeter TS Rookie Posts: 50

    Hi there.

    Ignore instructions of your router of how to connect it - there is a particular way on Telewest / NTL cable

    1)Put Ethernet cable into back of cable modem only
    2) Put power cable into cable modem and wait for all lights to come on solid
    3) Put power cable into router and wait 30 secs or so to boot up fully
    4) attach other end of ethernet cable into router

    Probably once every 3-4 weeks you will need take out all cables and connect back up via this method, due to updates being sent down the broadband line

    Chris
    www.pcpoorly.com
     
  14. chrisblues2

    chrisblues2 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok i will try that thanks for your help
     
  15. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,469   +327

    sorry-- humbug! update the firmware of all devices. I your hardware will not
    manage a release/renew cycle from the ISP, get another brand!

    there's no (valide) reasons to fuss with the connections just because of the
    release/renew operation!
     
  16. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,305   +52 Staff Member

    I'd like to second that. If your out of box experience is this bad and it can't be fixed, Belkin is breakin' the law.

    I think they'd rather take it back or offer you a solution than risk litigation. :)
     
  17. jetdavid

    jetdavid TS Rookie

    Ok look i used to work at belkin technical support so im very experienced with this kind of problems.. I havent read all the thread couz i dont have time atm but i will tell you some tips to improve your wireless connection.

    Mostly cordless phones and remote devices use radio channel from 1 to 6 .. so try to set your channel inside belkin router to 10 or 9 wich is a clean free static channel by the things mentioned.

    About the dsl connection is very simple.. just log in 192.168.2.1 set up your connection to PPPOE type your username and your password and if you do that and still the internet is not working try power cycle both devices.
    Unplug power cord from both devices for about 15 seconds and reconnect.

    Can you tell me what is your ISP ?
     
  18. petea

    petea TS Rookie

    I need Help

    I have successfully connected my router to the internet and to my wired network, the problem i am having is when I switch off my computers at the end of the day(leaving the router switched on) and then switch my computers back on the next day, I cannot connect to the internet, but can see my network - has anybody got any ideas as why this should happen
     
  19. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,469   +327

    that sequence should work -- I do it daily on (3) systems.

    look for a firmware update to the router (or your NIC driver).
     
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