Question about Linksys Instant Broadband EtherFast Cable/DSL Firewall Router 4 Port Switch/VPN [ BEFSX41 ] (104824)
Hi, I cannot connect my 2nd computer to the router (I have tried it through the rounter and directly to the modem) I keep getting the message a network cable is unplugged. I have tried various different cables and ports on the router and still get the samne message. i am using a Linksys Instant Broadband EtherFast Cable/DSL Router. Any tips on why it does not recognise the cable and how to get it going? Thanks AT
Well the first thing to do is try to isolate the problem. Before we start make sure the 1st PC will give the same network cable unplugged error if it too is unplugged. Once that is done start by unplugging the network cables from the PCs and switch them. Does the problem stay with the 2nd PC or does it move to the 1st? If it stays with the 2nd PC then the problem is with the PC network card or more likely its configuration. The network card should be configured exactly as the 1st one, probably to obtain the IP and DNS addresses automatically. If you need help with this let us know the operating system you are using. If the problem moves to the 1st PC that indicates the problem is with the cable and/or the router. Now switch the cables at the router end, if the problem stays on the 1st PC then that network cable is your problem. It could be a ?cross-over cable or simply damaged. If it doesn?t move then the problem would be in your router. Either that router port is bad (try using another port) or the one port that works is configured uniquely. You?ll need to take a look at how your router ports are configured and look for the differences. Let us know what you find and we?ll go from there.
Posted on Jul 31, 2007
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To connect a router and multiple computers to the
Contact an Internet service provider (ISP) and have them configure
an Internet connection to your home. If possible, have the ISP place the modem
in the room with your primary computer.
Connect your router to your modem in one of the two following
If you currently have a computer connected directly to your
modem: Unplug the network cable from the back of your computer, and
plug it into the port labeled Internet, WAN,
or WLAN on the back of your router.
If you don't currently have your computer connected to the
Internet: Plug one end of a network cable (included with your router)
into your modem, and the other end of the network cable into the
Internet, WAN, or WLAN port
on your router.
Plug in your router. After a minute or two, the Internet, WAN, or WLAN light
on your router should light up, indicating that it has successfully connected to
Determine whether your computer has a network adapter, and add one if
necessary. Instructions to determine if you have a network adaptor or to install
a Network adaptor can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/networking/setup/netadapter.mspx
Shut down your computer by clicking Start and then clicking
Turn Off Computer. Then click Turn Off.
Connect the network cable to your computer's network adapter.
Connect the other end of the network cable to your network equipment.
Start your computer and log on to Windows. Windows automatically detects that
you are connected to the Internet.
Repeat steps 6, 7, and 8 for each one of your computers. If you have a
computer in a different room you can find instructions at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/networking/setup/wired.m
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