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Using 2 laptops on a LAN

By me(who else?)
Mar 12, 2004
  1. I recently had a buddy of mine over to play some games over my wireless LAN. Turns out we both have identical laptops ;) . Anyways, when he turned on his W-LAN card, neither of our connections worked. His computer said there was an IP address conflict, so I ipconfig /release ipconfig /renew ed a few times on both machines, to no avail. This isn't an imediate concern, but it might get hairy if I don't fix it (especially if I decide to have a LAN party :dead: ). Thanks in Advance.
     
  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Look in your network settings. Most likely you will find that both your laptops have 192.168.0.1 as IP-address, and 255.255.255.0 as subnet. Even the Default Gateway may be the same!
    The IP's should be different like 0.1 and 0.2 in the end.

    Also, to connect 2 PCs/laptops only, you will need a different cat5-cable, not the normal straight/patch cable but a cross-over cable.

    Finally, you will need to enter each other's UserID/password in the User-area and make shared HD etc. available.
     
  3. me(who else?)

    me(who else?) TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 387

    How can Ichange my network settijngs? Like I said, i tried disconnecting and reconmnecting and releasing my IP address and refreshing it, but my router still assigns both laptops the same IP. As for wiring laptops, I plug 2 Cat5 cables into my router (it has 4 slots to plug in CAT5 cables, as well as a wireless transmitter).
     
  4. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    Check your router settings. Maybe it has been set to allocate only one IP at a time.
     
  5. me(who else?)

    me(who else?) TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 387

    Uh-oh!

    There's only one problem...I can't remember the password for my router. I think I know the password, but I can't remeber what the default user's name is. I had the password saved in my Netscape password manager, but I had to wipe my cache to fix a problem I was having. Does anybody have a D-LINK, or do they know how I can reset the software on the router?
     
  6. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Everybody knows that the default login and password for a D-link is "admin" and no password.

    If you never changed that, you are asking to be hacked!
     
  7. me(who else?)

    me(who else?) TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 387

    I changed the password and I set up an another account on it, but I couldn't remember the username. Now I just gotta figure out which pass I used.

    edit: I got it. Unfortunately, I don't see any settings which control how many laptops could be connected wirelessly. It has a setting for channels, will that work(right now it's set to 6),or will it improve my preformance to change it?
     
  8. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    Is there an option to set the IP range of allocated adresses ? Something that would allow you to allocate IPs from 192.168.0.2 -> 192.168.0.6 for example.
     
  9. me(who else?)

    me(who else?) TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 387

    Nope, nothing like that...the setup is a very basic web based interface...all the LAN came with was an instruction manual disk and the router, which has the setup software loaded into it.
     
  10. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

  11. lowman

    lowman TS Rookie Posts: 380

    Can you verify that both laptops are set up to receive a dynamic IP address, instead of having a static one assigned? You could try assigning an address on the default segment to each laptop (different ones of course) and see if that alleviates the problem.
     
  12. me(who else?)

    me(who else?) TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 387

    The dymanic IP address might work...how do I set that? Right now it says my IP is assigned by DHCP.
     
  13. young&wild

    young&wild TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 993

    Username:admin
    Password:admin
     
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