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Belkin wireless network problem

By bobby123
Jul 21, 2007
  1. I have got myself a belkin router and connected it to my main desktop pc. I bascially want to make a wireless connection between my pc and laptop. I got given a belkin network card too which if I put into my usb drive allows me to connect to the net. I can put the card into both my laptop or desktop and can connect to the net except I cant seem to do it when I only have it in one.

    I am looking over the manual for the router and in the part configure your router it says
    - In order for your computer to properly communicate with the router, your computer's network ''TCP/IP/Ethernet'' setting needs to be Obtain an Ip adress automatically using DHCP''- How to do I set it and where??

    Then it goes onto say you can access the web based management interface of the router using internet browser on a computer physicsally connected to the route. Tpe 192.168.2.1 into your adress bar and click enter. I did it in aol and it takes me to some search site.



    Can I actually connect the desktop and laptop without the belkin card and just via the router and also how the hell do i do it lol?
     
  2. k.jacko

    k.jacko TS Rookie Posts: 743

    ok....
    1. connect the router to your pc via cable first.
    2. Make sure the tcp/ip settings in the network connection you use is setup to 'obtain automatically' for ip address and dns.
    2. In a browser window, type in the ip address of the router home page; 192.168.2.1. It should take you to the Belkin Router config page.
    3. Setup the router for DHCP. Some Belkin's take abut 35 secs to accept and reset the router after each change (for some strange reason!)
    4. Setup up wireless networking, MAKE SURE you enable the security on it.

    I got a little confused here. Is the wireless card you have a usb plugin? Which can obviously fit into a usb port on either pc or laptop?
    Well, with only one wireless card, you can obviously only have one wirelessly connecting to the network/internet can't you?
    The router will most likely have 4 RJ45 ports in the back, so you can plug the pc and laptop into them with cat5e straightthrough cables.
    From then its just a matter of sharing resources on the pc and laptop between each other.

    Hope this helps.
     
  3. bobby123

    bobby123 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 391

    hi man are you using belkin?
     
  4. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    AOL? Shut it down. AOL security features may be blocking you.
    Otherwise the Belkin manual is a very straight-forward guide to everything you need.
     
  5. k.jacko

    k.jacko TS Rookie Posts: 743

    lol, dude, the clue is in the thread title. :rolleyes:
     
  6. bobby123

    bobby123 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 391

     
  7. bobby123

    bobby123 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 391

  8. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    A good general rule is to get all components in the same brand. It makes troubleshooting and setup easier.
     
  9. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,449   +324

    Actually, this is two questions:
    Wireless configurations
    and File Sharing​
    First get the laptop to wirelessly connect to the Belkin and be able to surf the net.

    Then configure both systems for sharing.

    Use the dekstop system to access the Belkin Config page
    (use http://192.168.2.1/ in your browser)
    Set the SSID, a channel number,enable the radio, and change the password
    save the settings.

    Your laptop should see the SSID you created and the software should
    have a button to CONNECT.

    Once this works, you can go back and add WEP/WPA encryption to the router.
     
  10. k.jacko

    k.jacko TS Rookie Posts: 743

    yep thats fine mate.
    Then do what jobeard has suggested (more detailed advice than mine was).
    It may be aol is causing you problems. For the life of me i don't know why aol makes things so damned complicated for their users.
     
  11. bobby123

    bobby123 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 391

    aol is crap yeah. Wouldnt it just be easier for me if I purchased a network adapter?
     
     
  12. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    Regardless of what it is, AOL is at the root of all sorts of problems... including Viruses that are not stopped and spyware that is spread... They have lost four million users in the past four years... and there are good reasons why.
     
  13. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,449   +324

    Brand names can become significant when you move to adding encryption.
    As long as the router and the WiFi adapter are using the same mode (A,B,G),
    then a connection without encryption is only a configuration issue.

    Your laptop must be able to see your SSID; if not, the router has not enabled
    the radio or broadcasting the ssid OR your wifi toggle device is not installed properly or is inactive/dead

    Btw: the new -N mode devices are VERY brandname sensitive as that protocol
    has not been standardize and no two vendors do it the same;
    ergo AVOID -N mode routers until the standard is finalized
     
  14. Peerob

    Peerob TS Rookie Posts: 68

    post in wrong forum!
     
  15. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    Except that if you use the manufacturer's install disk, and use another manufacturer's install disc for the other device, you can get yourself into no end of conflicts and problems. If you use the same brands, their software install discs make it incredibly easy by comparison.
     
  16. Peerob

    Peerob TS Rookie Posts: 68

    with a NIC I never use manufacturers software I always use WZC it is a lot easier and simpler
     
  17. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    And WZC is... and can be downloaded where?
     
  18. Peerob

    Peerob TS Rookie Posts: 68

    Wzc

    Wireless Zero Configuration

    get to it by

    Start>control panel>Admin Tools>Serices

    scroll down to and double click wireless zero configuration. You will see:-
    [​IMG]

    sometimes manufacturers software will disable this, you will still need the drivers installing for the NIC but nothing else. If this is the problem let me know if you can't sort it
     
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