I recently purchased a wireless-enabled notebook. My internet service is through Comcast and my desktop PC is hooked up to the RCA DCM425 modem. My wireless router is a TP-Link 54M Wireless model # TL-WR541G/TL-WR542G. I cannot make heads or tails of the connection directions, which is frustrating considering I once hooked up a Belkin router to a PC with no problem or confusion at all. I'm not a computer or networking expert by any means but I'm usually able to figure things out if not by reading, by looking at the picture. But this makes no sense to me. I almost think that I should have been supplied with another cable maybe? The router came with an AC adapter, the router, a sheet of paper with instruction and a CD with a user's manual that is no more help than the 1 sheet of instructions. If anyone is kind enough to try and help me, the URL for the router's online user's manual is http://www.tp-link.com/support/showfaq.asp?id=90. Thanks in advance for any help!
You will need at least two ethernet cables like the one that is currently connecting yur PC to your Comcast Modem. Use one cable to connect between your pc and any of the ports labled 1, 2, 3, or 4 on the router. Another ethernet cable should be connected between the modem and the port labeled WAN on the router. Then (if you havent already), turn off the power to all three, the modem, the router, and the pc. then, turn on the power to just the modem and wait until the lights on the front of it stablize (usually about 60 to 120 seconds). Then turn on the router and wait another 60 seconds. Finally, boot up the computer. You should be able to connect to the internet. the next step will be to set up the wireless part of the router.
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Is it a wireless router? Do you have a wireless adapter on your laptop? If you don't have a wireless adapter on your laptop you need to install one. If you do have one you need to make sure it is turned on and enabled. You can do this by checking your device manager and making sure that your drivers are installed. Go into your network connections and make sure it is connecting. Also some of these wireless adapters need to be turned on in CMOS if it does not have a switch. About your router if it is not a wireless router, you'll need to get one to connect to it or talk to Comcast and see if they can switch out the one you have for a wireless one. Good Luck and let me know how it goes.
I hope your internet is working fine when you are connected directly through modem . As of my views you need to configure your newly purchased router first. Connect your router , see to that all the connection are appropriate . Your modem enthernet cable should be connected to your router and your router to desktop in this is the ideal connection .
now follow these steps .
1. click on LAN . Select TCP/IP config 2 . Click On properties . 3 . check the box " automatically recieve settings . Click on Ok and close it . 4 . Now to go to ur router page open a web browser . in address column type your gate way . I. E. for most of routers it is 192.168.1.1 and press enter 5 . it will prompt you to password , Your USER NAME AND PASSWORD is ADMIN . 6. in basic setup . Select AUTOMATIC DHCP , 7. change your IP address to 192.168.1.10 8. save the settings and reboot . 9 . restart your system . 10. Your INTERNET should work .
First try connection the Yellow ethernet cable from the rca modem to your computer's network connection. If you get a connection this way, then your modem will work with a ethernet cable. If not, then call Comcast for help. The modem ethernet out to computer port must be connected to the wan line of the router. Then you can connect an ethernet cable from your computer network connection to one of the 4 ports of the router. For wireless connections you must set up the router and wireless adaptor with the same settings to connect. Follow the routers directions.
The problem would be comcast. Your connections are setup correctly. The modems do not control the internet traffic flow, they are made to produce maximum flow. If more people use the internet, the less flow it will have. Check all internet options settings, and make sure EVERTHING is set to automatic
If that's hooked to comcast you can only have one computer hooked up to it, and no modems as they block mac address. If you are a Comcast customer there is a workaround. Turn on your wife's wireless if she hasit, if not get her a wireless card USB is easiest. Turn on sharing on that wireless card and you will be able to access the internet through your wifes computer, and not run afoul of your Comcast agreement. Or request an upgrade to a wireless router from Comcast but your rent goes from $3.00 per month to $10.00!
Thanks for the information. I'd recommend obtaining a router, it would make your life easier because routers are made to do exactly what you're needing to do (split your internet connection among several devices (PS3, PC, etc.). I'm a fan of Linksys routers, I use them in every home deployment possible. You can find the Linksys WRT54G or some variant at any big box store (Best Buy, Circuit City, etc.) or at online retailers (NewEgg.com, Buy.com, Amazon.com) for real cheap. All you'll need to do is hook up your router to your ISP'd modem, hookup your PC & PS3 to your router, enabled uPNP (universal Plug & Play) on the router and you're set.
You could use your PC as a router (assuming your PC has two network cards in it). You just turn on Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) and specify which card is connected to the ISP's modem (internet) and which one is connected to the PS3 (internal network). I don't recommend this solution as it is a bit buggy and having to route all the data from PS3 through your PC degrades the online performance on both the PC & PS3.
I hope this info helps, let me know if there's anything else I can do to help.