I need to find the settings on an existing Linksys router so I can use the same settings on a wireless Linksys ethernet PCI adapter on a PC so the two will connect. Linksys said to go to 192.168.1.1 on the PC connected to the router via an ethernet cable and the settings previously entered during Router Set-up will appear on the screen (or I can find them thru obvious menu items).
That's the background, not the question. To do a reality check, I entered 192.168.1.1 on my home PC (no router, no wireless connection but has a wireless ethernet interface (unused), just to see if that IP address actually exists. It appears to NOT exist just like I typed in a non-existant URL name.
So, is this the EXPECTED result if I do the above on a PC that is not connected to a router via an ethernet cable and hence nothing is amiss? I can not understand that. Either an IP address is there or it is not there. I can't see why I will get any other result on the PC with the router. Yes or No????
And if NO, what ip address should I enter to see the router settings. I do not have the model numbers but they are all 2.4 GHz Wireless-G models, purchased in the last month together and the selling salesrep said they are desigined to work together.
One more thing the router connects to a random Dell laptop with a wireless adapter of unknown brand and unknown setup parameters so the router is set up properly. And the router is connected to a cable modem so the whole point here is to get the PC with the wireless PCI adapter to connect to the cable modem and the internet. Just to give you the big picture.
I'm not quite done yet. I have done a search for 192.168.1.1 in the Networking section of this site and note a number of people have trouble connecting to 192.168.1.1 even on the PC with the router connected to it. An example is at www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Q_20839529.html?query=192.168.1.1&topics=122
. What is the story here? Why is this so hard to do. Linksys customer support made it sound like it was a no-brainer. Just go to 192.168.1.1 and you will see the router settings. They made it sound like it was as simple as going to www.yahoo.com