I got a brand new Dell PC desktop yesterday, and I was extremely excited to start exploring! Fast forward four hours, and dismay and borderline depression have set in :-(
I got everything hooked up including an ethernet cable, but I cannot connect to the internet (something of a problem, eh? I am at work right now, so I can post this).
It says I have limited or no connectivity. I tried doing everything Vista suggested, including unplugging the router and power for 10-30 seconds, trying to repair the connection, etc... Nothing has worked.
Finally, I asked a tech-savvy friend. He led me through some steps and concluded that it was a router problem: my ipconfig in the run->cmd box was returning a private ip address (not the expected 192.x.x.x). I checked a different computer in the house on the same router, and it cannot get internet anymore either - but it has worked flawlessly for the past week... It also returns a private ip address. Finally, I checked another computer in the house connected to a DIFFERENT router, and it has perfect internet with a 192.x.x.x ip address.
I tried checking to see if anything changed every hour for the next three hours (i.e. if the router would magically fix itself), and neither computer would get a proper ip address.
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Re: Vista Router Wired Connectivity
While seeing this ....please flip it over and post the model numbers on the bottom....I can tell you how to get into the router but with out the static ips from your isp wont help much.... to get into it go to INTERNET EXPLORER (not any other) and type in the address bar as follows 192.168.62.1 and hit enter in the user box that pops up put " admin or user " as user name and " admin or password" as password.....that should access the router...you might be able to assign one but im guessin you will need to contact your isp to get the correct numbers....
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Start, run, CMD enter
see if you have a valid IP address (192.169.x.x) if you do then it is a software setting, if not IP address or an apipa address (169.254.x.x) then you don't have wired connectivity with the router.
Valid IP address: Right click network icon in systray and click REPAIR (Diagnose and Repair in Vista, Troubleshoot problems in Windows 7) see if you can connect afterward.
If still no go, power off system, router and Cable/DSL modem, wait three minutes, power on Modem, let it reset, power on router, let it reset, power on system.
No Valid IP address, try a known good cable, and ensure the NIC is enabled in system bios. If still no go, try a different port in router and reset router, still no go, try another system on that cable. If another system (or another network card) connects, then the NIC is bad
go to > control panel >network connections > in left hand pane.under Network Tasks..click..Create A New Connection... that will start a wizard and will guide you thru the process. you will also need to install the drivers as well for his computer to be able to use the modem/router. i hope this has helped
power down cable modem, router, and computer. Connect ethernet cable from modem to router/ and connect ethernet cable from router to PC. Power up cable modem first, after modem shows connectivity, plug in router. After router shows internet connectivity, start computer. Be sure that you LAN card operable
This is just a problem with the wireless settings of the router, you can try first to reset the router by pressing the reset button for 20 seconds while power is ON and then after that you should be able to find the default wireless name of the router which is linksys, after you reset the router just need to reconfigure it back...
You can try to do a System Restore on windows. This usually solves wireless connectivity problems. Just choose a restore point on a time where it was still working. Click on the link below for step by step instructions on using System Restore.
Depending on router brand you may be able to log in and check that wired portion is enabled...look carefully at documentation for instructions. I had a similar problem with a D-Link Router and found the info for enabling wired connection at their website. Another problem I had one time was ( believe it or not ) one of my cats has a **** for chewing on wires !!! It was an easy fix after figuring out the problem. Cat is now at SPCA ( just kidding )
The "Realtek RTL 8139/810X family fast Ethernet NIC card" is a wired networking device. What you need is a WiFi Networking which can either be a PCI card (you need to open the PC and physically mount it inside) or perhaps the easiest, is to get a USB WiFi. There are so many brands, models and versions available and just about any would work. You need to verify though that the USB WiFi is compatible with your daughter PC's operating System (XP or Vista). Some known good brands are LinSys, DLink, NetGear. Some models/versions are simple gadgets that they look like a thumb/flash drive while others have a USB cable with a tabletop mount/rack/cradle.
Such can be bought from any computer shoppe/store. Most models come with an instruction/installer/driver CD that you need to run first before plugging in the WiFi USB.
If you already have an existing DSL account that connects to the Realtek, you would also need to get a Wireless AP/Router. It would probably be easier if you get a match pair (same brand)
If this is a completely new DSL WiFi setup, you need to get in touch with any WiFi Provider in your area. Most would provide a free USB WiFi Adapter if you subscribe to them so there would be no need to buy the USB WiFi adapter nor the Wireless AP/Router.
Hope this be of some help/idea. Pls post back how things turn out or should you need additional information.