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Unpluging the router

I may be computer stupid but I thought I could just unplug the router from my computer. When I do that I get an error message when I go into my email. Could someone please tell me how I go about unplugging the router properly?

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  • outtosea Mar 10, 2008

    Hi: Thanks for responding. I'm giving my laptop to my daughter and I'm also giving her the router so I just need to unplug it from my computer. Apparently I just can't "unplug" it because my email won't open and I get an error message.

  • outtosea Mar 11, 2008

    Hi Rallupae:

    I understand what you're saying so how do I configure my computer (I'm on cable) back to the way it was before I had the router attached to it?


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    brian c May 11, 2010

    What exactly are you trying to accomplish by unplugging it?



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Beings as you're on cable, that makes things easier, and doesn't require any type of configuration.

When you have the router attached to the cable modem, upon powering up the modem, it will register the router's MAC address, not the PC's attached to it.

I have experienced this many times with people who didn't cycle the modem off and on when adding a router, or taking one out of the system - making the hardware appear 'attached' but giving the PC's 'limited or no connectivity'.

Simply unplug the routers power cord for a few minutes and power off the PC.

Plug the network cable directly into the modem from the PC in question. (don't use the USB connection).

Plug the modems power cord back in. Wait until all of the lights are on.

Power up the PC.

This may take anywhere from a few seconds to over a minute for the modem to reinitialize with the new MAC address, but normally happens pretty fast.

Depending on the modem, you may have to do this in reverse order - meaning powering up the PC first, then powering up the modem. In either case, try to avoid using the USB connection - they usually require USB drivers, and tend to be quirky.

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Hi outtosea,
I am going to assume that you are disconnecting your router from another computer other than the laptop that you are giving to your daughter.
If this is the case, then what you are experiencing is normal.  The router is designed to pass the Internet to any computers connected to it.  If you unplug your computer from it, you are no longer on the Internet.
If you do not need the router anymore, then you may have to configure your computer to be able to run while being directly connected to your cable or DSL modem.  At that point you will have a computer with a direct access to the Internet rather than through your router.
Let me know if this helps answer your question.

Posted on Mar 11, 2008


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