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Well I finally came out of the dark ages and had broadband installed at home with a fab new wireless ADSL router.
Now of course I have the problem of having 2 networks, one at work and one at home, both with different DNS addresses, etc.
How do I set up XP so that I can just connect the laptop to one or the other without messing with the settings? Is it something to do with not using the network bridge?
I think you could do it with a wireless LAN, but that would involve installing extra equipment. Not sure of another way to do it without you just add another network connection.
Tony... I got all the help I needed via this forum within ADSLguide (http://bbs.adslguide.org.uk/postlist.php?Cat=&Board=multiuser). They're a great resource!
There is an option to detect and connect to unsecured connections. If you select that it will automatically connect to your router and forward the connection to the internet.
If you go here:
XP forum (http://www.windowsxpuser.com/forums/index.php)
you'll get an answer for everything XP.
I did it!!! With a little help.
I added another Default Gateway :)
Thanks everyone :thumbsup:
I'm thinking of buying this (http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?action=c2hvd19wcm9kdWN0X3Jldmlld3M=&product_uid=56082) wirless ADSL router to network my house.
I know through spec detials that it has a built in modem which is what I need, but I can't seem to find anywhere that say's if it has a built in firewall!
I.e. To negate the need to have a firewall on my PC and/or laptop.
I'll be using it to wirelessly connect to my Desktop and Laptop to the web as well as each other. Anyone have any experience of this or another reasonably priced router?
It hasn't got a fiewall. To be honest your probably better with a seperate firewall anyway, if you have an old spare PC knocking around then I can highly recommend www.smoothwall.org. These do a free firewall that is highly effective.
I thought that, but I thought if I could get one with a firewall built in, it would do away with all the hassle of setting up and correctly configing seperate firewalls on the PC n Laptop.
Any suggestions of a similarly priced ADSL Router with built in modem and firewall?
i have a 3com wireless router that has a built in firewall. only 60quid and very good.
Good company and good prices.
OK... so I picked up a Sitecom Wireless Network PCI Card 11Mbps (http://www.sitecom.com/products_info.php?product_id=205&grp_id=6) for the PC in hopes that it will do the network trick.
I removed what I now know (as I'm a newbie to the techy side of things) a IEEE 1394 card which I think has something to do with Firewire or Digital Video capturing on your PC? Am I right? I needed the bay (or whatever you call it) at the back of the PC cos the other one was taken up by the internal ADSL modem I installed.
Now I could have taken out the 56k modem... but you never know when you'll need it right? However like a plonka I inserted the WiFi PCI card 'before' I installed the driver from my CD. The book (which I looked at after installation) advises installing the driver first. Now not wanting to take apart the PC put everything back where it was, THEN install the driver and THEN reinstall the PCI card, I just installed the software from the PC anyway.
However upon loading the PC up, it didn't find any new hardware. Oh dear!
So I cant use the damn PCI card at the moment. What am I to do?
Take it apart (please dont say that) and remove the PCI card and reinsert the IEEE1394 card. Or can I uninstall the driver for the IEEE1934 card and hope that XP then picks up the new device.
Is this a bad idea? I'm looking for the wealth of knowledge you guys have first!
Assuming your using XP. Go to Start, Control Panel, Add Hardware, this will make XP search for the hardware.
When my mate was setting up the wireless network in the flat i was using XP home edition and he couldnt get it to connect the network at all. I changed to XP pro and it worked perfectly.:confused:
Well this has XP Home pre loaded but I HAVE had a network (wireless) running (in a fashion) in the past.
However that was using USB WiFi cards, this is an internal PCI card and my system just cant find it despite starting from scratch and doing it the correct way AND using the 'find new hardware' option.
I'm doomed I tells ya!
Checxk to make sure the card is seated properly, also is their any jumpers to make PnP.
Dont get too technical.... crikey.
Well to update the situation I had to system restore to the day before (so I uninstalled all drivers and software etc and basically put the system back to how it was.
Then I removed the old 56k modem from itís bay/slot (dunno what they call it Ė the white thing PCI cards fit into), and fitted the Wireless PCI card into that section. Now because the old 56k modem fitted into a smaller brown slot/bay the other was unused.
I then rebooted the system and it found the hardware. So I have NO IDEA why it didnít find it in the other bay/slot.
The other (with the firewire) slot/bay wasnít even filled with anything either. The firewire was like a wire which fitted into another section of the motherboard
If I was a techy Iíd tell ya in more detail.
Anyway now itís found and installed. The next step is to setup a network. Which again isnít proving too easy.
However Iíll see how that goes.
Check out Digital Spy, many "experts" or rather many people that really know what they're doing. They'll have the answer.
Just again the URL is: www.digitalspy.co.uk