My ethernet port is not working. I have not used it since I initially set up my wireless router, but changed ISPs and needed to re-do everything. My Dell Inspiron is not reading anthing connected to the ethernet port. Do I need to replace the ethernet card, and is there a trick to opening the case so I can get to the card? I tried removing all of the case screws but it still seems that something is holding it together. I didn't want to force it and break something. Thanks.
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Assuming you already have a modem/router on your network and you are simply trying to add a wireless network, you will need to
set up the Netgear router to act as a wireless access point. To do this you need to connect a computer directly to one of the Ethernet (not WAN) ports on the back of the router. Access the router using its IP address (usually 192.168.1.1). Login using the userid and password of the router. First you need turn off the DHCP function of the router. This will make it a slave to the existing router. YOu will also need to change the router IP address to a static value. It is recommended you use a high number to avoid IP conflicts such as 192.168.1.210. You can then go to the wireless setup and set your network name (SSID) and password. Once you have done all that you can save and log out of the router. Disconnect the PC from the router and connect the Netgear router to the existing router using Ethernet cable. Use one of the regular ports on the existing router, and run the cable to one of the ports (not the WAN) of the Netgear router. You may have to reboot both routers to get initial communications established. Once you have them talking, the existing router should receive wireless requests from the Netgear router and assign IP addresses to the devices attaching to the Network.
Initial Set-Up Plug your wireless router into the cable connection in your wall. Plug the connection cord into the "WAN" port on the router. Plug the router's power source into the wall and turn the router on.Connect your wireless access point to your router by pushing one end of an Ethernet cord into the WAP. Push the other end of the Ethernet cord into the "LAN" port on the router. The WAP connects your wireless devices to your router. Connect your laptop or computer to the WAP. Click the "Start" button on your computer and then click "Control Panel." Click "Network and Internet" and then select "Network and Sharing Center." The "Network and Sharing Center" window opens. Click "Set up a wireless router or access point." Click the "Next" button. Follow the prompts to create a wireless pass phrase or security key. Write the key down in a safe location to ensure access later, if required.
Disconnect the power cord from your high-speed modem. Locate the Ethernet port on the back of your modem. If an Ethernet cable is already plugged in, trace the cable to the second device and unplug the cable from it; otherwise, plug one end of an Ethernet cable to the open Ethernet port on your modem.
Plug the unused end of the Ethernet cable to the port on the back of the router labeled "modem." Plug a second Ethernet cable into one of the open ports located above the "modem" port; connect this cable to the Ethernet port on your computer.
Reconnect the power cord to your modem; wait for the lights on the front panel to turn green before proceeding. Plug one end of the router's power cord into the corresponding port on the back of the device; plug the remaining end into any available electrical outlet.
Turn on your computer and log into your operating system as normal. Insert the installation CD into the computer; the installation application should load automatically (if it doesn't, you can find the application by manually browsing the CD's contents).
Follow the onscreen instructions; after you have made the initial configurations, click on the option labeled "Security Assistant" on the left side of the installer window. Select the desired security type for your wireless network and click on the button labeled "Next."
Choose a network key and enter it into the appropriate field; press "Next" and follow the onscreen instructions.
Open your computer's wireless network settings and enter the wireless network name, security type and network key into the appropriate fields. Save your changes. Set-up is now complete.
Tips & Warnings
You can access additional settings via the modem's manual configuration interface. Open your web browser and navigate to 192.168.2.1; when prompted for a password, leave the field blank, and click on the button labeled "Submit."For optimal signal strength, choose a location for your router that will be near your computer, with as few walls and other obstacles as possible.
For this, you have two types of connection
1. LAN_LAN (ethernet to ethernet) -->wireless router is acting as a switch
2. LAN_WAN (ethernet to internet)-->wireless router is acting as a wireless router
in this case, you need the LAN_LAN connection
plug an ethernet cable from the ethernet port on the wired router and connect the other end of that cabl to the ethernet port on the wireless router
log-on to the setup page of the wireless router, do this while the wired router is turned off.
-open your internet browser, type 192.168.0.1 on the address bar. Then type the username & password for the router ( default admin as the username, password : ).
Under the setup tab, click manual configuration. Then click network settings, change the router ip address to 192.168.0.5 & disable the DHCP server. save the settings. Just personalize the wireless network.
Begin setup of your Linksys Wireless Router by first plugging in the power. Give it 10 seconds or so to initialize and then plug an ethernet cable into your wall jack and into the port on the back of the router marked Internet. Next get another ethernet cable and plug one end into your laptop and the other into one of the ports labeled 1-4 on the router. Your computer is now properly connected to the router to begin its setup and configuration.
thanks & rgds
If you connect the computer directly to the modem, does it work? If that works then the modem is working. Now connect the computer to the router and the modem to the router. You will need to open the set up page of the router to check the settings of the router. You can set up the router without the CD also. It is very easy. Click Here for step by step instructions about how to set up the router
Go out to you local electronics store and purchase a wireless router , or Wireless Access Point (AP) , this way you will create a wireless connection by following the instructions given when you purchase the Wireless AP .
Basically when you buy the Wireless router or AP you just need to plug your existing Modem/Router into the WAN port on the Wireless Router / AP and then some initial setup to configure the wireless settings and then the appropriate settings inputted on your PC.
Heres a short guide i wrote to setting up a Wireless Connections
You need to be connected using wired Ethernet (PC's LAN card to Router's Ethernet Port (at the back)). This is the preferable INITIAL way to configure the router before going wireless. Also it would be to your advantage to initially set your PC (that will be used for configuring the router) to "Specify an IP address" (static settings) and not "Obtain an IP address automatically."
For a PC connected via UTP networking cable attached to a Belkin F5D6130 AP, the networking settings could be: IP Address 192.168.2.2 Subnet Mask 255.255.255.0 Default Gateway 19*220.127.116.11 DNS Server 192.168.2.1 Reboot