I went through the whole connecting process, with the cables and the all that stuff.. but on the part where i have to power up the modem and the router, it says im supposed to have the power light, lan light, and internet light on the router, and their not on only the power one is and the wireless light is blinking.. and i connected evrything right.. what to do?
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Is this a new setup? Or has it been working and now won't? Is this a cable modem/router combo or is there a modem that connects to the router? You need to provide much more info before we can assist.
Where are you (what country/ area?) Who is your ISP? What modem/router are you using?
If there is a separate router and modem, was the router connection to the modem successfully achieved? If there wireless connectivity that is already working? All this will aid us in helping assess where you are at in the process and where we need to start to get you going again.
Contact your Internet Service Provider (DSL or cable) and let them know you're hooking up a router to your modem. They may have disabled the router feature in the modem and will need to identify it on their system for it to work correctly - they should walk you through the process (it's free). The thinner yellow cable you mentioned - is it a USB cable? Sorry, I've never heard of such a cable unless it's USB, Ethernet (the thick cable), or a phone line cable - the cables used for a network.
I'm not sure if DSL modems feed signals on the same pair of wires as Cable modems, and I'm thinking that's where your problem stems from. Contact your current broadband provider (Cable?) and have them try to help your current modem/router connection. It ought to be something fairly simple, as the typical RJ45 cable is used to connect them together. (NO PHONE CABLE !!!!)
You need to update the firmware of your router. Download the latest firmware from Dlink website. You need to hard reset the router, load the firmware, then do another hard reset after you successfully updated the firmware.
As you already have the modem you only need a router. In all cases the modem connects to the WAN port on the router.
I think your best bet surely would be to go for a wireless router though? Then you wouldnt have to trail ethernet cables all round the house. I'm sure your laptop has a wireless adaptor built in unless it;s very old.
I always use Netgear networking stuff so forgive me posting a link to a nice 54G wireless router :-) :
The configuration of your cables is correct, as long as your modem is connected to the 'internet' port on your router. You must unplug the power cord from the back of your modem and plug it back in so that the modem recognizes the router. After doing this you should be able to get to the internet.
The modem has a security feature that only recognizes one physical address. When you were plugged directly into your pc, it had the pc's physical address saved in its memory. When you reconnected to the router, the modem blocked the router's access to the internet because the physical address of the router did not match the physical address that was saved in memory.