Networking issues - LAN access, but not recognised...

By nomoretime
Jul 3, 2004
  1. Hi all,
    I've looked around in the forums and can't find the information I was looking for (apart from a couple of straight set-ups, that don't explain my problem).

    I've got four machines running off a Netgear 834 router/modem. At the moment we're not connected to ADSL, I was just getting set up in advance. However, one of my computers (notably the one connected furthest away - a 15 metre RJ45 connector) is not recognised by the router. The light is on - suggesting connection - but when asked to look for the network the computer can't find it (IP cannot be resolved). If I then force it to recognise the router as the outgoing point for the internet (i.e. local gateway) & put in a static IP it CAN find the network - but seems to assume it's the internet. We can then use it as a normal LAN, but I have worries that when we get ADSL it won't be able to access the internet.

    Similarly, I've run the WinXP networking diagnostic, and it's pinging fine, & I can find the router & config pages through it's IP on the LAN.

    I was relatively happy with my botched solution, until I went to the router config pages & checked "devices attached" - which shows all my other computers, but not the one upstairs.

    Any help would be much appreciated. All computers are running XP, barring a laptop which we haven't got problems with (Apple).


  2. STK

    STK TS Rookie Posts: 102

    umm you could try to make a connection manually in control panel>network connections also if it is wireless make sure there is nothing in the way, you said it is upstairs, there might be something in a wall that is blocking the signal, is it is wired make sure the cable are plugged in properly.
  3. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Follow the straight-forward setups as suggested in other posts (e.g. by me)

    A few basic setups when networking:

    Router-setup WAN:
    Protocol: Fixed IP (this is for the internal LAN, even if your ISP may give you a variable IP)
    IP-address, Subnetmask and default Gateway: as per ISP-information
    DNS-servers: as per ISP-information
    Enable NAT

    Router-setup LAN:
    IP-address: set to e.g. (or use default)
    DHCP-server: disable

    Router: Some System-settings (depending on your router)
    Optional SNTP (time): e.g. for UK/Ireland (GMT)
    uPnP: disable
    Dynamic routing: disable
    Remote config: disable
    Dynamic DNS: disable
    Firewall: Block hacker attack: enable
    Firewall: Block WAN request: enable
    VPN: disable all settings unless you need it

    Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)
    Use the following IP address: (102, 103 etc.)
    Default Gateway: (IP-address from your Router)
    Use DNS Server address: (IP-address from your Router)
    Second DNS: leave blank or put in first DNS-server from WAN-part in Router

    Enable File/Printer sharing if you wish (works only within local network)
    Check individual printer(s) that they are shared as well (in printer-settings)

    And make sure all your PCs are in the same WORKGROUP.
  4. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    XP wants 1 PC to be the master
    go to microsoft they have software
    that will setup your network
    I just finished looking at this ,but can't remember exactly whats up
    XP sux's
  5. nomoretime

    nomoretime TS Rookie Topic Starter



    I got this sorted a while ago.

    Actually it was very simple (sorted it the same day as I posted, and thought I'd replied).

    I needed to install the correct drivers for the (On-board) Network Adapter.

    Previously the adapter was working, but clearly didn't have the right protocols set up to talk with the router.

    Thanks for the suggestions, though.
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