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Trying to wire 2nd computer to internet router & 1st computer...

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I've connected a 2nd computer to our internet gateway - 2nd computer recognizes connection, but I'm not able to access internet with it, or network with the 1st computer.

And that was all one breath, too...

The 2nd computer was our main piece until about a year ago, when we purchased a new, shiny computer. Since then, it's been alone in a room, basically an unconnected word processor. No internet connection, no network, no nothing. Now I'm trying to network it in with the New computer. Both Computer #1 (New shiny) and Computer #2 (old faithful) have a lot of the same specs:

- Both run Windows XP
- Both have MSN Premium as the main Internet Program

I've run a 25' Cat5e Ethernet Cable from our Actiontec (GT704WG) router to the back of #2. The Actiontec router has 4 open slots for Ethernet Cables. Computer #1 is connected to the first slot, Computer #2 to the second, and the other two are empty. We have 2 laptops and an Ipod Touch that access the wireless connection without any trouble.
Anyways, the Status bar in the bottom right corner of the screen on #2 says "Local Area Connection 3, speed: 100 Mbps, status: Connected". However, I am unable to access the internet on that computer, by any means - I've tried Internet Explorer, Opera, and MSN, to no avail.
Here're a few things that confuse me...
1) The connection status bar on computer #1 says "Local Area Connection", not "Local Area Connection 3". I don't know if this is a problem...
2) I AM able to access the Actiontec gateway setup site on computer #2, (, but nothing else, not even the MSN website. The information there is updated in realtime, so I know I'm connected to something, somehow... I just don't know what, how, or why...
3) I've run the Network Setup Wizard a couple of times, in a vain attempt to fuse the two systems (maybe that was stupid.) I've tried it 2 or 3 times each from both sides of the connection: I've finished the checklist as closely as I was able, and I've been consistent in naming computers and networks, though I haven't noticed any difference.
4) I have the WAN IP Address, Subnet Mask, LAN IP Address, Net Mask, MAC Address, and PPPoA Username and Password (all readily available at the Actiontec Set-up Site). They sounded pretty technological and important, so I wrote them down. In fact, I think I might start reciting them when next conversing with a technically minded person, in order to sound slightly less Techno-plegic.

I would like to network these two computers together, as a LAN line between them would be most triumphant. However, internet on computer #2 is crucial, so my priority list goes as follows:

- Get Computer #2 connected to internet, preferably through the use of the 25' cat5e cable I've already purchased...

- Network 'New Shiny' with 'Old Faithful', so i can share printers, files, *internet*, and multiplayer games with my kids.

I hope you can help me: I'm stumped. Computer Technology is not my strong point...


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  • cmeonbroadwa May 16, 2010

    not quite... that didn't work for me.

  • cmeonbroadwa May 16, 2010

    no, I've already visited that sight, sorry. dang!


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First of all, let's get the computer #2 connected to the internet. Check that IP adress, Mailgate and DNS server settings are set to auto for your connection (the full way you have to go is : start>settings>network connections>local connection#3 - don't worry with the number - TCP/IP Protocol>properties) After you set up the setings to auto (maybe a restart is asked) you maust get connected to the internet.
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OK, well first do this go START>>RUN>>services.msc (enter) This will bring up the services window, scroll down to DHCP, and set to OFF & Disable, then also go to wireless zero configuration, and do the same , then reboot. Do this on BOTH PC's. Now BOTH PC's MUST have an Individual Name, Also MUST have a Login Name & Password, Also MUST be part of same Workgroup. Now in the Router DHCP MUST be set to ON. Now that's about it. The Router, hands out the address to the PC's, To connect, it most likely now will simply connect, but if it doesn't simply run the connect to internet Wizard, chose connect via a Gateway, which is the Router/Modem unit. It works like this, The PC your using, broadcasts out that it is here, then the PC talks backwards and forwards to the router, and the router says, here is your address, your PC, says. great, now, I want www.bla bla bla, address, and the Router, then sends out a request on the internet for that address, it obtains that address if valid, and then routes it to your PC. So, if it's NOT working it is a simple matter to troubleshoot.
Now if you have screwed up you IP Stack, Winsock, then I also include a XP program that will reset all that back to how it first was, and should be. It is called WinsockXP. DO NOT just run it unless you are sure you need to, and all else has failed, as it will reset everything back to default. So if that's what you want to do, then fine.
Now you connect the router/modem to the net, the Ethernet cable into say 1 & 2 Ethernet sockets, connect to the internet from each one. Also always get at least two browsers of differing sorts, say, Firefox, IE, and Chrome, is a good choice, as if it will not work with some, it may with another browser.

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