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Wireless connection set up

Hi,could some one walk me through setting up my Billion modem wirelessly to my Dell Desk top running XP home. I get confused with firewalls,LAN settings etc Ethernet cable is being used at the moment.What I dont see is a sinal Icon in the task bar next to the clock saying connected? & signal strenth as all other computers have there,thanks in advance.

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    jaegerdwp Mar 10, 2009

    Hi,Its DSL Adam Internet & router is adsl 2+ ,I just simply want to connect Dell PC with out Ethernet cable,(Wireless) to Modem at home,LAN is showing connected but it would as Ethernet cable is in place,I just dont want to disconnect cable before I know what to do for wireless connectivity.as I said before there is know sinal Icon in task bar ?Thanks for any suggestions

  • jaegerdwp
    jaegerdwp Mar 11, 2009

    Thanks for that

  • jaegerdwp
    jaegerdwp Mar 12, 2009

    Hi,Its DSL Adam Internet & router is adsl 2+ ,I just simply want toconnect Dell PC with out Ethernet cable,(Wireless) to Modem at home,LANis showing connected but it would as Ethernet cable is in place,I justdont want to disconnect cable before I know what to do for wirelessconnectivity.as I said before there is know sinal Icon in task bar?Thanks for any suggestions

  • Deb Collins May 11, 2010

    Did you run the internet connection wizard to setup your wireless connection?
    Did you select Show icon in notification area when connected? And .. Notify me when this connection
    has limited or no connectivity?

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You need to get a Wireless Access Point to hook up to your DSL Router and you need to have a Wireless Access Card installed in any PC or device u want to hook up to the internet wirelessly.
Only then will u get what u want

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Are you trying to hook up the laptop wirelessly to the pc? because then the pc would need to have a wireless card as well....sounds like I need more info, but if you are trying to do what I think you are, you should just get a wireless router instead, hook the pc tower directly to it via ethernet cable, and then setup the laptop to connect to the router. The router would hook to your dsl or cable router....what service do you have?

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  • Kevin Hughes Mar 11, 2009

    OK, so you need to know if the dsl router you have has wireless capabilities. If it doesn't, getting the wireless to work on the laptop will do you no good....let me know if the router is wireless, either consult the documentation that came with it, or call your provider if they gave it to you...

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Hi,could some one walk me through setting up my Billion modem wirelessly to my Dell Desk top running XP home. I get confused with firewalls,LAN settings etc Ethernet cable is being used at the moment. Do...


I am not familliar with that brand, so I do not know if it is a cable/dsl modem, a router, or a combination of the 2. I will assume it is the cable or dsl modem since you said modem.

The thing we need to do first is give you a basic understanding of whats what, and how it works.

Imagine a 3 tier water fountain. Water flows from the top, to the center, to the bottom.

Your home network is the same way. Signal flows from the MODEM to the ROUTER to the COMPUTER CLIENTS in that order. Keep this in mind. Also, remember you never, NEVER setup a router from a wireless computer client. you ALWAYS use an ethernet connected client in port 1 2 3 or 4.

Quick education about Firewalls: They are programs and devices that are designed SPECIFICALLY to BLOCK TRAFFIC. Think of them like Toll Roads. YOU have to open each virtual port for inbound, outbound, or both. Since that is such a painstaking thing, most firewalls come with default port settings, blocking the most typically unused traffic ports and monitoring the common ones, such as port 80 (the internet port) port 110 (the sending mail POP port) and port 25 (the receiving mail SMTP port). That is why typically, people who can get online (but cant send or receive email) have to disable their firewall or antivirus (security) suite, because the program is closing the ports making them useless. IF you have a router, theres a 99.9% chance that YOU WILL NOT need a firewall. Routers are firewalls by nature.

Quick education about LAN (LAN means Local Area Network, meaning a router inside your house or inside your office or a series of switches and ports setup in your apartment, your "local area") settings: Most lans are DHCP, which means nothing to you, but, in lamens terms it means that you hook it up, turn it on, and it auto configures itself. In the olden days, you had to tell your computer its address, and tell the router its address and the address of each computer, and so forth. Thanks to dhcp, they can now negotiate a lease and assign that info automatically. SO, make sure DHCP is ENABLED. and make sure your lan settings are set to "Obtain ip address and dns server automatically".

Quick education about drivers. you DO need drivers for the wireless devices, you DO need drivers for the ethernet devices, but you DO NOT need drivers for the router, and YOU DO NOT need drivers for the modem. DO NOT HOOK THE MODEM TO THE COMPUTER THRU USB! USB is never to be used unless you do not have ethernet capability, it's like a spare tire. Remove any USB wires from the modem and put them away please! The ONLY wires you want in the modem are POWER and ETHERNET. (they dont make USB routers because USB is not a networking device, USB is a peripheral device)

You will be using Ethernet connection. An ethernet connection requires that you only have the ethernet drivers. So:
YES you need to make sure your ethernet drivers are installed and that your ethernet ports are enabled and working, and:
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Now, remember the fountain? We are going to build it here. The trick is that we have to reset the DHCP list. (if we dont, then it wont work because DHCP will be stubborn and try to talk to the other items, not knowing they were removed). So, we will need to unplug power to the modem and router and shut down each pc client... after you print these directions of course.

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