Tip & How-To about Computers & Internet
This is very simple and will work with most routers that use DHCP to lease the LAN IP addresses to you Home Network, it will work for Wired (Ethernet) and Wired (54g) network cards.
Most third party Routers can be set up not to use either a WEP or WPA-PSK so this is a simple and effective alternative if you struggle to get this type or security to work, if you have a bundled router like SKY with the Sagem and BT with their Netgear home hub then the WEP key will be on the bottom so its easy to use this.
The first step is to goto your admin panel usually 192.168.0.1 you will need to change the admin password from the default to one you will remember this stops anyone else undoing these changes.
You will need to find your MAC addresses for all the PC's and print servers that you will use on your home network. The easiest way to do this is to goto the command prompt and type
It will also show the MAC or physical addresses of all you connections, shown here is also a Belkin 10m bluetooth adapter.
However you can also do this by going to the Control Panel, Network Connections icon, double click it to show on your physical NIC the MAC address will be a long number in hex-decimal under the details button
click on details an it will show you the Physical Address (MAC) for your network card. it will be in the form of a 12 digit number with either colons or minus signs separating the hex-decimal number XX-XX-XX-XX-XX-XX
You will notice that the IP address 192.168.0.2 has already been leased to the NIC from the routers DHCP server.
The example below is for the SKY Broadband Black Sagem Router just goto the corresponding menu for you router
In this example the IP address 192.168.0.4 has been given an address reservation to allow a Standard IP Printer Port to be used for all wired PC's on the home network. Check out my other Tip for setting up a wireless printer for use with wired computers on you home network for more detailed help.
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