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I have a cable modem and have connected a links wireless router to this ( connected via ethernet cable ). I have a laptop with a wirless pcmcia card but cannot communicate with the wireless router, I try to go on the web and type in the IP address to configure the router but the page comes up not being displayed
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by:eugene_goh
ID: 11828392
install the software come with the PCMCIA wireless adapter and try search for available wireless network. If you can find any wireless network, use cable to check the wireless router whethter it has turn on the wireless feature. else you should be able to pick up wireless network.

You can configure DHCP on the router to allow workstation to pick up IP address to access internet too.

Hope this help. :)
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by:Stewart_HendersonNO1
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Have installed the software for the pcmcia and there is not an issues with this.However, I cannot ping the router address over the web to actually configure the router, ie 192.168....
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by:eugene_goh
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can you provide the model of your wireless router? let say the default ip on the router is 192.168.0.1/24. Did you configure IP address on your laptop with 192.168.0.2/24? if yes, try to ping first. Lastly, What is your OS on the laptop?

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by:Stewart_HendersonNO1
ID: 11828513
Laptop is running XP Home ( d-link pcmcia ) and the wireless router is D-Link air plus extreme 2.4ghz 802.11g
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by:eugene_goh
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check out one service in your xp home. Internet connection sharing / firewall. disable this service. use cable connect to your router if it has built-in 4 ports switch. try ping or access the web interface menu.

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by:Stewart_HendersonNO1
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Internet connection sharing is disabled. In respect to cable select i assume you mean initially connect to the router via ethernet rather than wireless, configure router and then wireless connection on laptop should work
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by:eugene_goh
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like what u said, you can access everything on cable..rite? have you testing to ping? ip address on both side? confirm the wireless is enable in the router setting? you have to confirm and let me know the info.. :)
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by:shaineerken
ID: 11828682
Are you getting the WIFI signal?
Is your IP Address set to get IP address from DHCP?
If both these are YES, Then you should get an IP Address. And try pinging to the default gateway when you type ipconfig/all

What is the result?
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by:Stewart_HendersonNO1
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Will let you know later
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by:drewtarvin
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Connect to the router with a cable and log in.  Depending on your ISP, change the settings appropriately (most likely this will be DHCP, if the router is directly connected to a DSL modem, then it might be PPPoE).  You'll want to upgrade the firmware as soon as it's convenient, as it may help solve problems and should make things easier for you.  Also check that wireless is enabled, SSID is set to broadcast and there are no other security features set (you'll want to change this once you get connected).  At this point your computer should detect a network, whether or not you can connect or get a valid IP is a different story, but you should at least see the network.  If you can't then the problem is either the router or your Wireless card.  If you can, check the IP address and make sure that it is a valid IP (will most likely be 192.168.x.xxx, it should not be 169.xxx.xxx.xxx).  Let us know what you find out.
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by:Stewart_HendersonNO1
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Ended up being a driver issue, ie i needed a newer driver than came with the hardware even though there were no errors on in device manager to inidicate any issues. Thanks all for your comments
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