how can I get on the internet
Posted 09 October 2011 - 07:05 AM
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Posted 09 October 2011 - 10:22 AM
(unlike a laptop, where one is normally installed at the factory.)
The main exception to this is the "all in one" desktop computer (where the computer is present in the inch or two space behind and integral with the VDU...there being no separate tower, or computer box.
Whats to be done therefore?
There are 4 main choices that are worth considering:
1 Connect an Ethernet cable twixt the router and the computer...... this is a simple quick and efficient method of connecting, it preserves Internet speed but does mean that you will have to route the cable from the basement to the computer.....or perhaps better...site the computer next to the router if you have to route the cable twixt basement and may be the ground or ist or 2nd floor then this will be easy or difficult depending on your DIY skills.....
2 Use a Home network plug that utilises the homes electric wiring circuits to convey the Internet to any electrical outlet socket within the home, they are available from about GBP £28 for two...here's a link to give you the idea:
3 Buy a USB wireless network adapter, install the software from the cd and then plug it in to a USB socket........ here's an example of one you can usually get for around GBP £8 to £12
this will enable your desktop to connect to the router wirelessly in a similar fashion to your laptop computers.
4 Buy a PCI wireless network adapter and install it, this is similar to 3 above but involves installing the PCI board to the inside of your computer, (rather than just plugging into a USB socket) so before taking this step you should be familiar with the personal safety and ESD (anti static) precautions necessary when opening your computer's casing.
here's an example:
If you want to have a wireless connection for your desktop computer and want a quick easy and cheap solution then number 3 above is well worth considering..... for a better signal plug the wireless network adapter into a USB extender cable (a pound or so or a dollar or three) rather than directly into the back of the computer where the signal may be shielded somewhat by the metal in the tower.
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Posted 09 October 2011 - 09:32 PM
sorry, can't really help you with troubleshooting networking problems but this topic mentions installing an encryption utility, also requiring a password to connect to the unit connected at the router end.
his problem was actually a gateway address problem, but maybe reading it will give you some ideas on where to look for your problem until someone comes along with a better understanding of network troubleshooting anyway.
maybe an idea to connect the laptop to the one upstairs, disable it's wireless device then see if it connects to the internet, if it does at least you'll know the plugs work fine and it's a pc specific problem.
i also found this that mentions they won't work if your plugging them into any type of power surge device.
you'll have to avoid surge protectors because they strip out network data as if it were a power surge.
Edited by terry1966, 09 October 2011 - 09:54 PM.
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we are making a little bit of progress, but there's still a good way to go....
So this is where I am. It's a lot closer than before as I now the XE102 works, the Desktop has a wireless capability (which I wasn't sure of before
1 I'm still not sure about the wireless capability you mention......
When you carried the desktop computer down to the basement and connected it to your router are you say ing that you connected wirelessly? ie you have no physical connection twixt desktop computer and router?
2 I got the impression that you had connected the desktop computer whilst in the basement to your router by an ethernet cable....is that right?
3 The output from the Windows Ipconfig indicates that there is no wireless connection (or one is not visible on the output) it also indicates that your Internet connection is working!..... Are you sure that when you initiated the Windows Ipconfig procedure (by using the command I gave you) you were connected via the XP102...? ( as per the directions)
4 When you connected to the XE102 with the laptop were you asked for a user name /password....?.( if you were, then this indicates that you have set up your Netgear XE102 with encryption...
please post back with your comments and we will take it from there
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