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Hi, we have recently moved house.  Our previous house had broadband installed wirelessly.  This was fitted by the company.  There was a Netgear ME102 Wireless Access Point and a MA401 Wireless card for out laptop.  These were provided by the broadband service provider.
The access point plugged into the back of our cable box for the broadband.

We are now trying to share an internet connection via a Desktop that has the connection to the internet and to the access point.
Our laptop now has the MA401 card in it.

The problem occurs when we try to ceonnect to the ME102 (WAP) box via the Laptop.  We have set up the desktop for internet connection sharing and hopefully set up the Wireless Access Point for the Laptop.
But no matter how we try to connect to the WAP via the laptop and the MA401 card it just will not connect to the internet.

The utility says that the signal strength is high and that it has picked up the WAP, we have checked the SSID and MAC addresses and are all fine.  When we go to CMD prompt and check ipconfig it does not have a networked address either for the Desktop or the Laptop on either.
The both have independant addresses.

Does any one know how to set up the MA401 and ME102 hardware or is there another way areound this.  Ie get a wireless router.

Many Thanks
S Harris
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If I understand it, you have a computer that has a connection to the Internet. And it has a connection to a Wireless Access Point.  So your trying to use the Computer as a router.  If this is so, then you have two issues, a, the wireless connection and b, routing the Internet.

How is the first computer attached to the Internet.  Is this dialup or broadband?  You need to let me know about this before I can tell you how to fix your problem.

I guess you know that the ME102 is not a router.  Its more like a bridge.  It provides no routing or DHCP so you need a router.  I would not be using ICS (if that is what you are trying to do.) but it might work with some luck.

Basically, the ME102 gets plugged (Ethernet) into a router with DHCP and then becomes a wireless hub.  If you have a broadband connection, then I suggest that you purchase a wireless access point that has a router within it.  I'd suggest: http://www.linksys.com/products/product.asp?grid=33&scid=35&prid=544.  

Harry





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by:steviejay
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Hey Harry,
So the ME102 is not a router.  The ME102 was connected to a cable box, Blueyonder broadband suppliers.  This is now not the case. It is connected to dial up, but some time in futer to ADSL.

Would it be easier to purchase ADSL modem woreless router?

Thanks Steve
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Yes, the ME102 is a bridge and needs a router behind it.

Regarding using dialup.

I think you might be able to do it with the ME102.  Using Dialup and Windows Internet Connection Sharing, the host computer connected to the Internet becomes a router and a DHCP server.  It serves up the IP addresses through the ME102.  So you would connect the ME102's Ethernet port to the host machine's Ethernet card and then let the ME102 bridge from the Ethernet to other wireless devices.

However, I don't like 'Internet Connection Sharing' and I think it comes with a host of its own problems to deal with.  And, sharing a dial up connection in this day and age is not a very desireable solution.

For the cost of the trouble you are going through, I'd make the following recomendations:

1.  Get back to cable, and if you can't, then get DSL.  I don't think I would waist my time routing a dialup connection.  It would be easier to share the phone line or get a second phone line.

2.  I'd use a better router/access point and I'd recomend something like: http://www.linksys.com/products/product.asp?grid=33&scid=35&prid=544

Regards,

Harry
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