Can I connect this if I don't have a desktop computer
I purchased this wireless router yesterday because I have 2 laptop computers that I want to use wirerlessly. I do not have a desktop computer to hook one of the network cables to. I wanted to know if this is even possible to connect if I don't have a desktop computer??? I would like to use both of my computers wirerlessly.
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Re: Can I connect this if I don't have a desktop computer
In short, Yes. Most laptops have an ethernet port. Connect one of you laptops to the router temporarily, via the LAN ports on the router. You should get an address and be able to configure the router...usually at 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.0.1 (don't remember for netgear). Setup the wireless network settings, with security, chooosing a key that you can remember, but is not easily guessable. Once the configuration is done, disconnect via the wired ethernet cable and setup your wireless on both laptops.
Alternatively, you may be able to configure the router purely from a wireless connection. When you plug in the router, go to your network settings on the laptop and scan for the SSID with the best signal. This SHOULD be your router and it should be wide open. You can configure it as above, then reconnect to the network you setup.
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This sounds like a hardware failure, but just in case go to your computer Control Panel-Network Connections(Network and Sharing Center for Vista and above), and check your Network adapter settings. If your Network card is not showing, you may have a driver issue, or a bad NIC (Network Interface Card). It shouldn't matter that your router says" wireless hardware not detected", because you are hardwired from the computer to the router. I would check to see if you may have turned off, or blocked Ethernet connections on your router, I would then change my Cat5 (Ethernet) cable, and finally open the desktop and change out the NIC (Network Interface Card).
Theencryption key secures your data from unauthorized access.
The router's password is a Passphrase or the WEP or WPA orWPA2 encryption key.
The Passphrase generates the WEP or WPA or WPA2 encryptionkey and this is in the router's wireless settings.
To connect to your wireless router, it needs the router'swireless settings configured ie SSID, WPA or WPA2 encryption key and also thewireless cards in all the laptops and or computers needs to be configured withthese router's wireless settings. Then the laptops and desktop computers cancommunicate with your wireless router.
1. power router off 2.connect all computers you want to connect. 3. start computers one at a time completely 4. check router for status light per computer to see if device is seen by router. 5. open web page to see if each computer is online. 7. do ipconfig / release/renew if not connected. then .....
1.Log into router 2. Verify wireless router name( on the computer) >>> ( on/off) 3.Note router name you are connecting to. 4.. Check the laptop/desktop do ipconfig /all to see current IP addresses. 5. Set the laptop/desktop PC's up in the router by WEP KEY or MAC address. 6.Note router name you are connecting to. 7. Move the laptop about 20ft away and try to log on to the internet. This is for all routers to set up wirelessly. You can connect up to 250 wireless devices on one router. This will decrease bandwidth of course but this is the range.
Is there any other computer connected to the network and able to go online. If yes then check the wireless settings of the router. If the laptop is the only 1 computer then you will need to connect the laptop to the router and open the router set up page and check the wireless settings.
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Hello....sudden loss of wireless on two computers, in the same home, may indicate that a powerful source of wireless interference has just arrived (since your wireless router light is still on).
1) Does the signal improve if you move the router, or move the laptop closer to the router?
2) Have you had any success with changing the channel on your router? (Login to router > select Wireless Settings > Channel)
If you have not moved furniture yourself, or installed a device which could interfere with the signal (eg a DECT phone), it's possible a neighbour's new router may be the culprit.
Sounds like you are setup to use Internet Connection Sharing. don't do this. Have each computer connect to the internet via the router. If the router is wireless connect all computers wirelessly to the router that are wireless capable and any computers that are not wireless capable, connect them to the router via a cat5 cable to the cat5 ports on the router. This will solve your problem. BPCS
Step 1 - If your laptop contains an ethernet port for a wired connection -- connect it to the router using a wire. Try to use the internet -- if it works we are assured the router to the internet is correct.
Question 1 - Please respond to this with the make and model of your laptop and if you have one the make and model of wireless adapter for use with the computer.
Question 2 - Was this router originally purchased new or used?
Question 3 - Has this router work wirirelessly with any other computer you know about?
Question 4 - Have you configured this router since you got it?
Question 5 - Have you had someone else configure this router since you got it?