Setting up home netowrk using wireless, xp and WIN98

Posted on 2005-04-23
Last Modified: 2013-12-14
I just got my new notebook yesterday.  I also bought a router from Dell.  I thought I could simply connect the other 2 computers in the house easily as I had with my Lynksys wired router.  One of the old computers is a Win 98SE.  First, when I opened the router quickstart guide, it said that only Windows XP or 2000 PCs would work.  Later I read in the help manual that many network configurations were possible.

So I connected the old wired router to an available LAN on the new router, and used one of its (old router) LAN ports to connect to the Win 98SE box.  It didn't work at first, but after I rebooted the router and the PC, the internet connection was there.

But I can't get the 3 boxes to recognize each other in Network Places or Network Neighborhood--not consitently anyway.  Obviously since they do "see" each other I can't do file and printer sharing.

Can this be done?
Question by:plainstatesman
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    Absolutely!  First thing to do is throw the manual out.  (grin)  Most manuals do not deal with mutliple routers, and thus just confuse the issue.

    We need to 'see' your network configuration first.  Does it look like this?

                            Internet (WAN)
                      Router (Access Point - Wifi)
                           |                         |
                    Wireless                 Wired Router  
                   Computers                     |
                                             Hard Wired Computer

    If so, you are probably running a subnetted network.  Meaning that your routers are deploying IPs in different subnets.  Ck your ipconfig /all settings on each one to find out.  If so, instead of plugging the Wired Router into the WiFi Access point using the WAN port on the Wired Router, try one of the LAN ports.  This will keep the subnets the same, and the wired router will only act as a bridge (switch) instead of a router.  Make sure all systems are on the same subnet (like - 254 / 24 or

    You might even visit my P2P page and read through the list there.


    Author Comment

    Actually my network configuration has one wireless computer and one wired computer, both XP connected to the Wireless router.  The wired router is connected to a LAN port on the wireless router.  The Windows 98SE computer is then connected to the wired router.

    Does that make any difference in your answer?

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    So, like this?
                           Internet (WAN)
                                   AP Wifi Router
                           |                      Router
                           |                         |
                    Wireless           Hard Wired Computer  
    If so, instead of connecting the router to the AP through the WAN port of the router, try just using a LAN port.  This will keep everything in the same subnet, which will keep things easier (no need for routing packets between different subnets.)
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    Do you have a wireless access point or a wireless router?  If you have a wireless router you can just plug your wired machines into the back and make all the machines on the same subnet as well.  
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