've hit a snag in trying to set up an MN700.
My question relates to use of this unit with a desktop PC whose web access is dialup. I've tried to run the setup wizard, but it seems to require a separate modem rather than one that is internal to the PC. Should I have a switch (MN150 or equivalent) between the MN700 and the desktop PC to allow the MN700 to get both an input from
the PC's NIC card simulating an external modem as well as a connection to the PC as if it were just a wired network computer? (This idea comes from the MS Network Guide.)
I am sorry for the following long-winded explanation, but here's the background:
I don't yet have broadband access, but I am going to move to a location where it will be available in several months. In the meantime, I'm using dialup to access the web. I checked to see if I could use the MN700 with dial- up on a desktop PC to communicate with a laptop by running the Network Guide on the MS web site.
I was able to get a specific listing of required devices for such a setup (MN700 Base Station, MN150 10/100 Ethernet 5-Port Switch and MN720 NOtebook adapter). The diagram which accompanied the listing shows the MN700 connected to the MN150 and then to the desktop PC which then connects to the web via dialup. I can't see what the MN150 does in this conifiguration, but I also can't get the MN700 to recognize the PC with internal dialup modem as a modem. It seems that when I connect the ethernet cable from the PC's NIC card to the
MN700's "to modem" port, it doesn't recognize that there is web connectivity on that ethernet cable. It also cannot "see" the desktop PC as a part of the network. The laptop communicates with the MN700 perfectly, but can't "see" the desktop PC.
Please help me sort this out.
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Re: Setting up an MN700 Base Station with dialup
1. disable all ICS and all Proxy settings on all machines
2. connect the NIC to the MN700 using Port 1
3. set up the MN700 and the wireless connection
4. switch the MN700 to Bridging mode
5. enable ICS on the host computer
The basic object is to have the working connection for your dial-up, then set up the base station as an access point only, then share the working connection via ICS through the NIC. Quite similar to having a switch box, but you're going wireless with it. You don't need to feed the MN-700 any of the normal info like your Internet Service Provider's IP/DNS, etc., because your computer already is sharing that info.
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Sometimes you have to start from scratch. Remove the battery from all the portable units (including the one at the base station). Then start by setting up the base station.
You might try less drastic steps that are similar if you don't want to lose your directories.
To make sure settings are not set up to dial go to internet options and click on connections and make sure nothing is in that box. If there is something delete it. Once you check this go to network connections in control panel and make sure there are no dial up connections. If any just delete it. Hope this helps.
Restore Factory Default Settings
When you restore factory default settings to the base station, you clear your Internet connection settings and any
special base station configurations that you have established. After the restore is complete, you will need to
reconfigure your base station settings or restore these settings from a backup file.
You should restore the original factory default settings only under the following circumstances:
O You are experiencing serious problems with your base station, and resetting the base station does not fix
O You cannot remember your base station password. In this situation, you must restore the factory default settings
by using the Restore button on the base station, and then use the default password admin to log on to the Base
Station Management Tool.
To restore factory default settings
1. Open the Base Station Management Tool, and then click Management.
2. On the Management menu, click Back Up and Restore Settings.
3. Under Restore factory default settings, click Restore Factory Default Settings. While the original factory
default settings are being restored to the base station, the Power light on the base station turns orange. When
the light is solid green, the settings have been restored.
If you want to open the Base Station Management Tool after the settings have been restored, type admin as the
password on the Logon page. Do not attempt to log on to the base station until the settings are restored and the
Power light on the base station is solid green.
After you restore the factory default settings to the base station, you should navigate to each page of the Base
Station Management Tool and reestablish the network settings you want, or restore the base station settings by
using a backup file. For information about creating a backup file of your settings, see the following section.
Be sure to establish your unique base station password as soon as possible after restoring the factory default
settings to prevent unauthorized users from logging on. For more information, see “Change the Base Station
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1. go to menu, then HS setting, then registration, register
2. follow the steps and register the set to the base.
3.press and hold the base mute button for 10 seconds, press next to continued
4.select the cbs and connect it.
5.enter 0000 as a password
f you have forgotten the password, you can reset the WiFlyer to use factory defaults for all settings using
the following procedure.
1. Disconnect the power cable from the back of the unit.2. Press and hold down the "quick connect" button.3. Re-apply power while continuing to hold down the button.4. Release the reset button once all 5 lights have come on and the unit has beeped 3 times.5. If unit does not beep (volume off), wait for the lights to start
coming on a second time before releasing the quick connect button (about 12 seconds).Note: Resetting to factory defaults will remove any custom configuration,
including access numbers, that you have entered and you will need to configure
the base station again.
First off, the MN700 basestation is not suported to do this. But it
doable, and here is what I did.
I connected a win XP machine (the ICS host) to a win 98 machine (the
client). Both used good old fashion network interface cards and
standard ethernet cable - no wireless for me yet (that's next week)
First I installed the software for the MN700 - aka the "Microsoft
Broadband Network Utility." Then I went in to configure the router.
I simply set the MN700 to Access Point mode. I did this by logging
into the MN700's Base Station Managment Tool. I gave the MN700 a name
(ie MSHOME-MN-700 works well), because after I change it from Router
to Access Point mode it will no longer have a fixed IP address.
To change it, select
Security -> Base Station Mode
Select the radio button for "Access Point"
There is a spot on the bottom of this screen to give the Base Station
a name, put something in here (ie MSHOME-MN-700).
Now, I restarted my winXP machine, my win98 machine, and my MN700.
Once they all came back online, I went to my dialup connection
(Start->Control Panel then select Network Connections).
Right click on the dialup connection, and go to properties.
On the advanced tab, select the check box for "Allow other network
users to connect through this computer's Internet connection."
Now I restarted my winXP machine and the MN700 again. They came back
online, and I could see the MN700 on the network (my machine now gave
out IP address (via DHCP and ICS). Now I restarted the win98 machine
and it hooked up to the network fine.
Wireless devices also connect to the network now with no problems.
The key is to set the MN700 from Router to Access Point.
If you want to add File and Print Sharing, it is the same as on any
If you have a USB highspeed modem, this will work as well.
If you have a highspeed modem connected directly to a PC via ethernet
and you don't want it to go throught the MN700 first, this will work
too, but the PC will need a second ethernet interface. Either WiFi or
No, you do not have to have the broadband software
installed. To access the MS base station go to :
Using it as a hub and access point requires you to
configure is as such.
The MN700 can act as a hub/wireless access point using an
ethernet cable from your router to the modem port on the
The base station has to be setup with the ethernet cable
in port 1 on the base station connected to your PC. see
"Reconfigure the MN-500 as a Wireless Bridge" in this
article. same steps apply for your MN700
The last step is to reconnect the ethernet cable from the
router to the modem port on the MN700.