Installing BT1800HG wireless router on talktalk broadband
I've just acquired a used 2wire broadband router (2 WIRE). i've connected it up to my desk top and seems to work fine. problem is my laptop requires 'security key' to hookup to the internet. how do i locate this 'key'?
i've typed in the number in brackets at the base of the 2wire router to no avail. Please help
Re: installing BT1800HG wireless router on talktalk...
The number in brackets is more than likely what they call a MAC (Media Access Control) Address. If it is two digits then a dash, and two digits and a dash and so on, or is just 12 straight numbers and letters, then this is the MAC address. All media devices that can be connected via a network have these addresses and are unique to each piece of equipment. If you look at the bottom of your laptop you will usually see one printed as well. Jot down this number from the laptop not the router because we will need this later. Before we can continue though we need to contact the previous owner of the router and get the following from them. If you can get the password they used to use to access the wireless internet, then this will solve your problem. If they can't remember it or have no idea what you're talking about don't fret. They do however need to either give you the user manual if you don't already have it. This will give us vital information we need to continue. If they don't have that, the last resort is to ask them for the IP (Internet Protocol) Address of the router. Here is an example: 192.168.1.1 Also we need the administrator password which is the password they would use to access the router after inputting the IP address. If you can aquire any of this information or if you get lucky and get the password, let me know and the rest is pretty easy. Hope this helps, and if you have any questions let me know and I will help as much as I can.
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First thing to do here is to reset the unit by pressing the reset button for 30 seconds while power is ON , after that if still the same better to contact your ISP or the manufacturer of the device and have it replace..
1. On your computer, open IE and type 192.168.1.1.
2. By default there is no username and the password is admin.
3. Once you're in, set Internet connection type to what your ISP requires to have. If you have cable ISP usually it is just set to Automatic configuration-DHCP. If you have DSL ISP, it usually uses PPPoE.
4. But verify it with your ISP.
5. Whatever changes you do on that page, do not forget to click "Save Settings" which can be found at the bottom of the page.
My 2 wire is a home portal 1000 which doens't have wireless. So the easiest way to solve this is to get a wireless router and plug it into your 2 wire router (I did this) then connect the xbox 306 to that.
The modern laptop and Wii will be no problem. Windows 98 will work but it can be much trickier to set up.
1 x Wireless Router - You can pick up a 2WIRE Router from around £20 on eBay
3 x Wireless LAN Network Adaptors - Around £20 each.
Firstly, the Router. This bit connects to your telephone line and broadcasts your broadband signal by radio and allows several computers to use one service. When you buy a router make sure it includes installation software. You can install routers without, but it's a whole lot easier if you have it.
Next you need to be able to receive the broadband radio signal on your computers and Wii.To receive the signal you need Wireless LAN Network Adaptors on each device. Network Adaptors also have software, which allows you to install the drivers needed.
Your laptop may already have a wireless adaptor built in.
You can check this by clicking
Start\Programs\Accessories\System Tools\Communications\Network Connections
Then see if a Wireless adaptor is present. If it isn't, you can install one inside the laptop by buying a laptop wireless network card. Easier, is to buy a USB Wireless LAN Network Adaptor which just plugs in to a USB socket on the laptop.
Look for LAN Network adaptors that are suitable for the Wii and a separate one suitable for Windows 98. Most will be ok for the laptop.
Install the router first. just do what the software tells you, then install the LAN adaptor drivers on each device you want networked.
Finally, make sure you secure your router signal. That stops the guy next door using your network and offers some security from hackers. Your router will include a firewall and you can set up a key code that your adaptors will need before they can connect. Unless the guy next door has the key, he won't be able to use
your network and play your MP3s...hoorah!
Follow the instructions given in the software to set up a WPA or WEP security key.
Great fun, you'll love it if you can get it all going.
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.
Before you rate this please let me try to help some more. This could be a multi step process...
Have you tried inputting the necessary security code to your HP laptop? Most if not all BT1800HG wireless router modem comes pre-configured to use a certain WEP code.
In your HP laptop go through the WiFi configuration/Setup. Select option to use WEP security, type in required code normally found on the bottom of the BT1800HG. The numbers and/or characters below the bar code is the WEP code.
Hope this be of some help/idea. Post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.
Good luck and kind regards.