Motorola SBG900 - network cannot see hardwired computer
I have an SBG900 and it is working perfectly EXCEPT for one thing: I have set up a Windows XP network and the computer that is hard-wired (connected via Ethernet to the one Ethernet port on the back of the SBG900) does not appear in the Windows network I have set up at home. All computers, including wireless and the one wired computer, can connect to the Internet perfectly. But when I set up my home network, the wired computer is not visible; the shared folders do not appear on any computer. All computers are a member of the same workgroup. Any suggestions?
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This is simply a firmware problem of your Motorola Router so what is the best thing to do here is to update the firmware of your router, you can download the latest firmware from Motorola's web site....
1 On a computer wired to the SBG900 USB or Ethernet port, open your web browser (for example, Microsoft Internet Explorer) 2 Type http//:192.168.100.1 and press ENTER to display the login window: 3 In the User ID field, type admin (case sensitive) and press TAB. 4 In the Password field, type motorola (case sensitive) and click Log In to display the SBG900 Setup Program main window: As soon as your network is operational, run the SBG900 Setup Program to:
"Wireless Network Setup" For a LAN with one or more wireless clients, enable wireless security on the SBG900.
"Wireless Network Setup" After enabling wireless security on the SBG900, as required on each wireless client: > If you disabled ESSID broadcasting on the SBG900, set the client Network Name (ESSID) identical to the ESSID on the SBG900. > If you enabled WEP on the SBG900, set the client WEP key identical to the WEP key on the SBG900. > If you enabled Allow Only Listed Stations Access, be sure the MAC address for each client is correctly listed on the SBG900.
I guess your modem router was already configured well since it worked already previously. It seems that your motorola router is set to broadcast dynamic IPs (DHCP enabled) and your last connected Pc and laptop were configured with static IP. Please check your "network connection" setting and make sure it is set to "Obtain IP automatically"
If someone else setup the router for you they may have turned off the wireless. If you can connect via ethernet use the web based configuration utility to turn it back on.
The intial setup is as follows in the manual:
To provide an initial wireless connection to your network and the Internet:
1 Connect the SBG900 to the cable TV system as described in Section A.
2 On each wireless client computer, install the wireless adapter hardware and
driver software according to the manufacturer's instructions.
3 On each wireless client computer, set up a wireless adapter profile to
“connect” the client to the SBG900. The procedure depends on your
wireless adapter and computer operating system.
In your initial profile, use the SBG900 default wireless Network Name
(ESSID) motorola (case-sensitive).
Your computers are connected but not secure.
The default SBG900 settings provide no wireless security. After
your wireless LAN is operational, be sure to enable security as
described in “Setting Up the Wireless LAN” in the SBG900
I had the exact same problem w/ the Motorola SBG900 Modem/Roter combo. I used to be able to connect to my wireless laptop and then all of a sudden it just wouldn't anymore. So I finally called Motorola and one of their techs (who's like a genius or something) walked me through this complicated procedure for resetting the SBG900 at my desktop and, after, even helped me to connect to my wireless laptop. SWEET! Don't waste your time trying these internet solutions. Call Motorola tech support at (877) 466-8646. They're open unitl 1AM Pacific Time.
Changing settings on your computer does not affect your router, but since the other computers cannot pick up the signal, then there is something wrong here.. See if there is a reset button on the Motorola and press it for 30 seconds to see if the router resets to its original configuration. If not, then you need to hardwire your computer to the router and get into the config page. usually, to do this, you just open up a browser and in the address line, type in the Default Gateway Address (usually this is 192.168.1.1).
This should open a window with all your IP information in it. you will find a line called Default Gateway.. this is the address (probably 192.168.x.x) that you put in your Browser Window Address Line to access the configuration page of the router..