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Switching a wireless home network from a 2wire router to linksys router

Posted on 2004-09-17
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Last Modified: 2013-12-14
Working in the computer industry I would figure i'm atleast capable of changing over our home wireless netowrk, atleast one would think.  Originally I had decided to not bother and let my home wireless network be installed by the same company that provides my family with the cable modem, but after being charged for several months now i decided it was time to just buy my own router and save money and return the rented router.

Here's the problem.  The cable company installed a 2wire wireless router and I am trying to install a linksys wireless router in my home.  I unplugged my 2wire router, plugged in my linksys router and didn't get any conections.  So i backtracked.  I looked at the linksys instructions and first asked you to put in the CD and establish a direct connection to the internet.  So i plugged my computer into modem and into wall and got no internet.  I can't remember if I unplugged my cable modem or not after making this connection, but nothing came up when i tried to connect to the internet.  Is unplugging the cable modem and plugging it back in when you change out routers an issue if so this maybe where my problem lies.

I then tried to connect my router to my cable modem and typed in the address to see the default router page (i think thats it) but it doesn't come up.

Did I do something wrong?  Do I need to totally uninstall something before these things can be installed?  I have to be very carefull since my wife runs her business out of our home and i was trying to install it on one PC only at first just incase somehting bad happens i can always plug back in the 2wire router as a safety.

Am I able to switch out routers this easily?  Do I just have to get the second one configured and then it depends on which router is plugged in and sending out the signals for the computers to connect to.  I was under the impression that I could easily get the linksys setup and then be able to pick on the computers which router signal I wanted to connect to that way I wouldn't mess up our existing 2wire wireless setup before I get the new linksys done.

I have successfully installed a linksys from scratch but never where a wireless internet is already present so i'm a little worried about messing things up.  Anyone offer some advice or answer some of these questions.  Will I have to switch our the wireless cards in the computers as well?

Tech Specs
Network is 3 laptops all XP and 3 desktop XP spread throught the house.
The 2wire is the 802.11g and the linksys is the G as well.
The current 2wire wireless network works fine, however i don't have an admin password or know how to access anything with it and I would rather own my wireless network then continue to pay monthly fees for it.

Any Info Is appreciated to help me solve the problem of switching over networks.
Question by:HelpMePlz2003
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It should be a fairly simple operation.  WIFI routers work pretty much like any other router out there, especially Linksys.

First, you should always be able to enter the router's interface using the web address of, as that is the default gateway for the linksys router.  If you cannot get in using this address, I would suggest that either you plugged into the wrong port (plug into the LAN ports and not the WAN) or that your cable is bad.  I worked on a Linksys a couple weeks ago that where I could not get in, determined it was the router, took it back and got a replacement.  Once I did that, I had the Wifi set up in 30 minutes.

Also, the original 2Wire router may have hardcoded its MAC address into the Cable modem.  The first thing you must do is to pull the power on all devices for 5 minutes to make sure that it resets itself.  Then turn them on one by one in this order (after each one synchs up):  cable modem > router > PC's


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First get a big piece of paper and a pen write every setting you change down as you might have to go back !!

Now A couple of things..

# 1) have a look at your network connections (did your ISP set up a static ip on your PC? or is it dynamic and servered by the ISP's router) If so you will need to enable dhcp

# 2) plug the Linksys router into your PC and reboot the PC. Or you can use ipconfig if you wish (Have it doiconnected from the internet at that point)
This should assign an IP in the scope of the routher as long as the routher has DHCP turned on.

# 3) Now you should be able to see the If not make sure you turn off all your firewalls like zone alarm etc.. for this step.

# 4) Now you have a connection from your PC to the router, plug in the internet. You should see the ethernet light go on the modem.

# 5) You now should be able to go in and configure you login credentials.


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Thanks guys for the suggestions will try it tonight and get back to ya with the final verdict.
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Just let us know how you do..  we will be here..


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Didn't get a chance again last night to try the suggestions ... sorry for keeping the issue open tonight looks promising though for another try.
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No problem...

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Come back with as much details you can if you have problems. It is like threading string through a needle, all this must be done in proper steps. New Linksys routers are pretty powerfull and can pretend to be certain MAC addresses to your ISP so they have no idea you are not using their hardware

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Definatley allow the cable modem to reset. If your 2 wire router has been hard coded into the modem that is likely your problem. Also, as rare as it may be, my ISP actually stores the MAC address on their end, so a change for me requires me to contact my provider. This may not be your case, but just something to keep in mind.

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FYI: Newer Linksys Routers allow you to mask your MAC address. Therefore not having to contact your ISP
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*grin*  glad you got it..


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