Question about Dell TrueMobile 1184 Wireless Broadband Router (802.11b) 9U555 (9U555)
Is there any way that i can configure my router to work with aol?
There are two possible configurations you may have wired.
If you wired a lan port of the your existing modem or modem/router to a LAN port of your Dell Router you may need to turn DHCP off and assure the LAN address in the dell router is a static address unique in the original routers subnet. (if you do not know the original router's address the ipconfig/all and ping commands below will help determine that answer.
If you wired a lan port of the your existing modem or modem/router to a LAN port of your Dell Router you need to review the following.
According to your wireless router's guide it's factory defaults are setup reasonably to connect to another router uing the WAN port provided you check one item.
What IP addresses are being assigned or used by the device you are attaching to?
I assume you are attaching this to a modem or a modem/router box attached to a phone line with DSL service and you computers have Windows XP as the operating system and AOL works when attached to the modem or modem/router box. IF is incorrect please respond with a comment to this problem for revised instructions.
With a computer wired to the modem or modem/router that is successfully accessing the internet and AOL I need you to perform the following tasks:
Click Start then All Programs then Accessories then Command Prompt
In the window that opens type
press enter then record all of the following for each adapter
one or more DNS addresses
The back in the same window enter the following command using the default gateway(s) from above (to find your router address)
ping (default gateway)
you will either get 4 timeouts -- the connection fails or 4 messages with elapsed times generally measured in ms or milliseconds.
What you are looking for in the above
Good entries look like this
x.y.x match each other if subnet mask is 255.255.255.0
u should be unique for the network
Wired IP address x.y.z.u not 0.0.0.0 may be 192.168.0.u
SubNet Mask ?.?.?.? assuming 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway x.y.z.? not 0.0.0.0 may be 192.168.0.1
DNS addresses ?.?.?.? not 0.0.0.0
where at least one is not zero.
and the ping of the gateway does not timeout.
IF your gateway address does not begin 192.168.2.? and your router's lan address is the factory default 192.168.2.1 then we are looking for another issue.
Please respond to this message with a comment indicating what you achieved and what you learned. We will try to find additional steps for resolution.
After the above is working you may also want to address wireless security
First you must choose a common encryption strategy for your home network. (Yes I am assuming Home Network)
In most consumer routers you activate encryption on the wireless services of the router. After doing so you must also actiate encryption services on the wireless adapters that communicate with the wireless router. The names of the encryption services in the wireless router and wireless adapter are WPA and WEP. It is important to assure all wireless adapters to connect to the wireless router can handle the encryption chosen because the router will only perform one. There are options within each technique such as the number of bits of the keys -- the longer the better but only as long as the shortest device can support. WPA is preferable to WEP because it was designed to correct weaknesses in the WEP standard and implementation. However if there is even a single device to be connected that cannot do WPA you must do WEP or replace the device WPA in home systems often have a couple of other attribute being WPA-PSK and algorithm of TKIP -- which again every wireless adapter and the wireless router/access point must support.
To procede further in a sane manner you need to identify all wireless devices that will participate in your wireless network and determine their capablities for encryption. This is generally done searching manufacturer websites under support looking for user guides and firmware updates. Sometimes a devices capabilities in the manual require firmware updates to be true for the device. Once that is figured out the standards for your network can be set and the actual implementation can proceed. You will probably want a working wired computer to maintain access to the outside world for assistance if anything goes wrong. You also want to track your changes and know how to back things out incase things become too difficult.
If you have any additional questions or would like to a review of your plan or assistance determining a plan gather up the appropriate manufacturer's names and models and I will assist as time permits.
Posted on Dec 22, 2007
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