I have configured the router via wireless but when I try to connect a CAT 5 cable between the Laptop and the router, the connection toggles between connected ("acquiring network address") and not connected ("network cable unplugged"). Is the 4-port ethernet switch faulty or am I doing something wrong? Thanks in advance.
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Re: ENET Port issue on BEFW11S4 Wireless Router
Try these steps:
1. Make sure the wireless is disabled when you're doing that. It might cause a confusion between the wired and wireless connection.
2. Try to plug it at other ports (1-4)
3. Try another known working ethernet or CAT-5 cable.
4. Set the laptop's LAN card's speed to 10-hald duplex.
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If you have a wireless router and it is connected to the DSLor cable modem then -
To connect to your wireless router, the router needsits wireless settings to be configured with the SSID, encryption key etc., alsothe wireless cards in all the laptops/computers needs to be configured withthese router's wireless settings. Then the laptops/desktop computers can communicatewith each other via your wireless router and access the Internet via the DSL or cable modem.
check your wireless router if it is turned on.
see if it is getting a signal from your cable or dsl connection.
you can also connect via cat 5 from your laptop and see if your getting a IP on the WAN.
reset your cable/dsl modem if your not getting any signal or IP address.
I am having exactly the same problem. It occurred on Sunday 17th. I have phoned Optus who seem unable to work out what has happened. It will work wirelessly but not recognise it when set up via ethernet cable.
Try resetting the Linksys back to the factory defaults and configure it again.
Power up the router and press the pinhole RESET button on the back of the router for 30 sec
Connect a LAN cable to the wireless router and open a browser and enter to router's configuration IP address and configure the wireless settings, remove the LAN cable when configuration is completed.
You need to configure then wireless card in the computer/laptop with the router's wireless settings.
When you power up the wireless router and the LEDs are ON then the router appears to be OK and this also applies to the DSL or cable modem.
To check if the modem is configured to your ISP settings and connects to the Internet, connect the modem with a LAN cable to your laptop and check if you can connect to the Internet.
Next, the wireless router needs the wireless settings configured and then configure the wireless card in the laptop with these settings so it can communicate with the wireless router. To set-up and secure the wireless router from unauthorized access, follow these steps: - 1. Connect the wireless router to your computer with a LAN cable. 2. Start your browser and enter the router's configuration URL IP address. 3. Enter the router setup, login and password 4. Change the admin password 5. Go to the wireless settings and change the default SSID and turn off SSID broadcast. 6. Setup encryption key the strongest is WPA2 (if not then WPA). 7. For further security measures - turn on MAC address filtering and enter the MAC address of the wireless cards on the computer/s you want to connect to this wireless router. 8. Record the settings you have made and keep it in a safe place and Save the settings. 9. Configure the wireless cards on the computer/s with the SSID and encryption settings of the router. 10. Remove the LAN cable between the router and the computer then the computers should be able to connect to the router wirelessly.
Your Linksys WRT160N is a router that can be accessed via CAT-5 cables and wirelessly. You must configure the router though, for wireless use. If this is not configured or not configured correctly, then you may have problems using it wirelessly. Laptop computers usually use the 802.11g mode, not the 802.11n, at 54MB or with the right NIC in a desktop you can get 108MB. If it was working then quit without your doing anything, you may have to replace the router, but I doubt it.
I had a similar issue. Here's what I did; Directly connect to the router via ethernet cable; I went to Start>Programs>Accessories>Run; then type in ipconfig, look at the number for the default gateway and type it into your browser's address bar (mine was 192.168.1.254). Now that your in the router, click on the Home Network or View Home Network. At some point it might prompt you for a password. Click Wireless Settings near the top of the screen. From this page I changed the channel to 6 (not quite sure if it did anything) and changed the Power Setting to 10. After that I was able to connect wirelessly.
Access the routers admin page with the hardwired pc. http://*gateway* right click network status on pc and get gateway. Google the model you have for the default passwords. Setup your wifi security then do the same to your laptop and attempt to connect again. Bad settings somewhere.
Is the router actually giving her an IP? has she ensured the wireless software is running? has she ensured the wireless security is appropriately configured on the laptop? (and that it matches the configuration required for the router?)