Networking DSL to Wireless Laptop

By webgal318
Aug 30, 2008
  1. I am setting up DSL modem and want to enable wireless networking.

    I have a Linksys Wireless N router.

    Desktop will be connected to modem and router. Laptop has built in wireless. Will the laptop "see" the network or do I have to do more? The DSL tech told me I would have to bridge the two connections and I have never heard of that.


  2. NetCablesPlus

    NetCablesPlus TS Maniac Posts: 228

    Does the laptop wireless support the 802.11n protocol? That could be an issue, but the first thing to do is to fire up the laptop and see what happens. If it does not work for you, you may need to get an external Wireless N adapter for the laptop and that may be what the DSL tech was talking about.
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,158   +986

    First, with all WiFi, we use a wired connection to setup the router for
    a new SSID
    the default router address (if you so choose)
    the range of LAN address
    and the WiFi channel number 1-11 in the U.S.
    + the encryption stuff (defer that for now)
    save the settings and restart the router​
    Now you can attempt to connect using the Wireless connection wizard.

    NetCablesPlus notes that your laptop needs a -N WiFi device, but there's
    issues with -N for mixed venders -- very unreliable connections.
    If you can't connect to your SSID, then get back into the Wired access mode,
    access the configuration page(s) and see if you can force the router into G-Only mode.
    This has been a workaround for most people.
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