Home wireless network through my 2wire wireless router/DSL modem.
When I attempt to create a wireless network between my desktop (which is ethernet connected to the DSL/router) and my wireless-capable laptop, Windows asks me to load a flash drive, insert it into my router and then into my desktop. However, there is no standard flash drive USB port on the router. (There is a non-standard USB port for a cable connection.)
Am I supposed to get an adapter for the non-standard port or can I use the ethernet ports?
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Re: Home wireless network through my 2wire wireless...
I believe your problem is several fold. First, make sure you give the desktop and laptop computers the same "group" name. The default is "mshome" (or something like that) - but that's so common that it's not very secure.
Once you have the group names the same, then manually set up each computer for printer and file sharing. In both XP and Vista, open Windows Explorer (NOT Internet Explorer!). click on the plus (+) sign beside the "My Computer" icon. Place your mouse over the "C:/" drive letter / icon and RIGHT CLICK (NOT left... but RIGHT). Then left click on the menu item "Properties".
When the windows for properties opens, click on the tab marked "Sharing". Find the button that allows you to share the drives, and/or the files and printers. Once you've selected "share" - click on "APPLY" at the bottom.
You'll have to restart each computer after doing this. Now, when you want to copy and paste information between computers, you can do so through the 2Wire Router/Modem/Gateway by opening Windows Explorer, and under "Tools" - click on "Map Network Drive". Follow the instructions... select the shared drive on the other computer - now you can drag and drop to your heart's content.
This works for me, so I hope it works for you.
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Unplug your Comcast modem from your electrical outlet. Connect the Ethernet cord from the back of your Comcast modem into the Ethernet port labeled "Internet" on your new router. Connect an available Ethernet port from the back of the new router to the Ethernet port on the back of your computer.
Plug your cable modem into an electrical outlet. Plug your new router in an electrical outlet.
Reboot your computer. Click on "Start," then "Control panel." Click "Network and sharing." Select "Set up a new home network."
Click on the option for a router or cable modem when prompted by Windows to select your hardware. Your computer will attempt to access your new router. When the brand name for your router is listed, double-click it so your computer can configure itself to the new router.
Create a new name for your home network and create a unique password to prevent unauthorized users on your network. Your computer may reset your Comcast modem and router so your new changes can take effect.
Here is description of the unit , the installation guide and the user guide:
HomePortal 1000HW Router/Modem with Firewall & 1 Ethernet port, highpowered 400mw 802.11b wireless, USB, and HPNA.
2Wire HomePortal gateways include an array of the most common home networking technologies accommodating a variety of service provider and subscriber environments. Flexible networking options include high-powered 802.11g wireless, Ethernet, HomePNAv3, MoCA, and USB.
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Ethernet cable out of DSL modem, to current router (if you have one).
Ethernet cable out of current router (if you have one) to new Wireless N router.
If you currently have a wireless G router, keep it, or, use the new Wireless G/N router alone. You will need to set up all security settings again if you remove your current router, and if the new router is N only, you will need to make sure all your wireless connecting computers have wireless N cards in them.
Its almost impossible to connect a 2wire DSL router with a Cable modem. They dont go hand in hand.
Although you can connect the outgoing ethernet wire from the modem in the last ethernet plug on the back of the router and then have the ethernet connections coming from the router. But not wireless. and if you find a way, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I've not used one of these 2wire boxes before, but I believe the default router's address is 192.168.0.1. Try this instead of gateway.2wire.net to see if you can gain access to the router. This is just the starting point, but see if it works.
Here's a link to, what I believe is, the router's manual.
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