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Problems setting up wireless network

Posted on 2011-09-24
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I have 2 desktop computers, side by side and one printer. I wanted to convert to a wireless network. I purchased the Netgear N300 Wireless router. I also had to purchase 2 Netgear N150 Wireless USB adapters, one for each computer( one is Windows XP & the other is Windows 7). What I don't understand is, I had to connect an ethernet cable from the computer to the wireless router during setup. I installed the USB adapter, and can get on the internet as long as I keep the ethernet cable connected. Aren't you supposed to disconnect the cable after setup? Isn't that the purpose of wireless.

Also, do I set up the router software on both computers? I had a problem with my Windows 7 computer installing the USB adapter. I had to push a button on the USB adapter until it turned blue, which it did, and then the installation software timed me while I pushed the "WPS" button on the router. It wouldn't recognize my action no matter how many times I tried it, and then I had to enter the network information manually. It didn't detect the network name I gave the installation on the XP computer and came up with some strange names. Please advise.
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With the network cable plugged in to the new router - you should be able to browse to the routers configuration settings through your web browser. I never used any of the software that they come with to configure them - too bloated and unnecessary.

To get to the configuration page in IE/Firefox the address is going to be one of the following (i couldn'ty find specifics)

192.168.1.1
192.168.0.1
192.168.2.1

Try those in order and it should bring you to the routers webpage.

From there you can access the wireless settings you need to set. Basically just the Wireless network name - SSID, and whatever wireless security you want to setup.

once you get those set you should be able to see the network you created on both machines.
Again, dont use the software provided to connect, just let windows detect and manage the wireless networks.

Once they both connect theres no longer a reason to have the cable plugged in to the router and you should be able to browse the net wirelessly.
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Very helpful. Thank you very much.
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