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Solved: Help! need to switch from ethernet cable to wireless connection to modem/rout

Q: Solved: Help! need to switch from ethernet cable to wireless connection to modem/rout

As my PC will be moved upstairs soon where there is no way to get a ethernet cable any more,
I will be forced to go wireless...
I have never wanted it and never used it except on my mothers laptop witch is obviously built-in.
So my experience with wireless stuff is very low...

some fact that may play a role for your comments:
-from PC to modem/router threw the walls will be about 8 yards max.
-there is a chimney in the direct path from PC to modem/router.
-there is barely any metals used in the house although the modem is placed next to the water-main.
-the laptop of my mother never had any issues and is about 2 years old cant tell you the what hardware it used ATM.

Now what I want:
-I want my 6.4 MB/sec speed (other wireless devices dont play any role > mom laptop (80% facebook and 5% mails and 5% searching the web and the rest is youtube lol ; and the smart TV really doesn't do anything except for streaming some video clips very rarely.

- I NEVER want to get disconnected!! not even for a millisecond if you catch my drift.

- I prefer an internal piece of hardware witch I have a PCI slot for with the room. Although I would also like to be able to give internet to multiple PC's or whatever , ya never know ; LAN party for example...
i do realize a switch would suffice but I'll just give you everything because I know there are many ways to go wireless. just dont know crap about them...

- I'm not a millionaire but I dont buy crap so keep that in mind lol. but when I buy something that I/you know will be perfect, I wont look really close at the price ( my self built case costs me a total of 3800 euro's , two years ago or 3 by now i dont remember... I'll add my system specifications at the bottom of my post.

hope you all can help me out! And thanks in advance!

friendly regards,


system specifications:
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU X 980 @ 3.33GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 44 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 12
RAM: 6142 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480, 1535 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 1907626 MB
Motherboard: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd., X58A-UD7
And the best Realtek case with 9 fans at the time... cant find the name...

A: Solved: Help! need to switch from ethernet cable to wireless connection to modem/rout

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I have a Motorola Cable Modem with Ethernet and USB Connection.

Can I use the USB connection to surf the net while the Ethernet port is busy with other LAPTOP?

What configuration will be needed to be made to use both Ethernnet and USB on my Cable Modem?

A:Solved: CABLE MODEM with Ethernet + USB Connection

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Im currently using a usb cable to connect to my comcast ambit cable modem. anyways... when I try to plug in my ethernet cable... I cannot/or do not know how to obtain an ip using win2k advanced server.

My broadcom ethernet driver is ok.
and yes.. when Im trying to use ethernet... of course i disable the usb internet connection.

Ive tried this before, and had the same problem with win2003 server on a home pc.

I dont have active directory, or a dns server configured on this machine (dont need to use these features).

Any ideas would be great... thanks!!!

A:Solved: win2k server, direct cable modem connection (ethernet) no ip!!!

Did you power cycle the modem after changing the connection from USB to Ethernet? If not, that's the problem.

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i recently built a third computer for my network, added a cable modem, and got what i thought was an unbelievable deal on a linksys ethernet switch (ezxs44 4 port)..... free.
now for the problem: i have an ericsson pipe rider cable modem, 3 linksys lne100tx nic cards, and the ethernet switch. i've treid to connect my machines and the modem through the switch the same way i connected the 2 computers before(pc to pc with cat 5 cable), it didnt work and it locked my system.
basiclly i am asking for somone to tell/show me how to hook everything up so it functions correctly, i've tried to no avail (ive reset all the configurations for the nic card in my main machine and am only running it with the modem (the original windows/roadrunner software configuration). do i have to change the cat 5 wiring diagram?, what seetings should i use on the nic cards?, and what do i do with the cable modem settings.

let me know what you come up with(i'm getting desperate, girlfreind...........MY computer)
thanks again

A:linksys ezxs44 ethernet switch with cable modem

I would think one of your cables is wrong.

check the ends of the cables, make sure the same wire colors are going to the same pins, sounds like you have a crossover cable going from modem to switch.

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A week ago, my computer suddenly could not connect to the internet. I was using a cable directly connected to the cable modem.

Since then, I've tried:

1) Added a WiFi router connected to the cable modem. Tried using the WiFi card built in to the computer. It connects but reports "limited access", and there is no connection to the internet, and I can't access the router itself.

2) Bought a new Ethernet card, installed the drivers that came with it. I've tried it connected through the WiFi router's hard ports and directly to the modem. Hard resets (power cycling off 2 minutes) on the modem each time and still no connection.

3) In device manager, both Ethernet cards show as "working normally" with no errors. So does the WiFi card.

4) ipconfig shows only "tunneling" devices with media disconnected.

5) I've uninstalled and re-installed the drivers for the on-baord Ethernet, the WiFi card, and the new Ethernet card.

After reading some other posts, I captured the output from ipconfig and several netsh commands. I've attached them to this post. The files starting with netsh are basically the command entered with underscores replacing the spaces from the commands used to generate them.

I also borrowed another computer. It connects both directly through the cable modem, and using the Ethernet ports on the router. It doesn't have WiFi, so I couldn't test that method of access. It can also connect to and c... Read more

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Hello TSG!
I am a new...ish user and love this site because it has helped me sooo much! The next problem on my list of technical issues is my network. I have a PC (connected with a wired connection) and a little asus netbook which I normally connect using wifi. However, I noticed a few weeks ago that it wont let me connect to my wireless router even though I know there is a good signal. I checked the connections, and recycled the power, but thats about all my knowledge on routers. So, here I am again asking for help. I dont use this netbook often, but I recently got an Iphone and would like to use the wireless features because they are free, rather than using my data.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz, x86 Family 15 Model 4 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3070 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 6800, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 147777 MB, Free - 66869 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0U7077
Antivirus: Norton Internet Security, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

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I am thinking of buying a used computer with an connection for dsl or one with a modem I understand I can use a modem with a phone line but what do I need for DSL?

A:modem for cable or ethernet connection

Hi, When you sign up for the DSL service, usually the DSL modem or DSL gateway device (this is not the same as a phone modem, but the telephone line is involved with DSL) is provided by them. It's usally an external device that they have a tech set up for you.
Remember, you need to tell them if you want wireless or wired.

You will need a network adapter card, or a built-onto-the motherboard Ethnernet port, and a network patch cable. Most newer computers come with an Ethernet port built in, or you can install one in an open PCI slot inside the computer. If you are going with wireless you will need a wireless network adapter.
The DSL service also sells them and will install it for you, ask first about the cost....they are not expensive, any good supply store will have some.
If you buy one and install it>>You usually will need to install drivers for this adapter- with XP, or with older network cards, the drivers may be loaded by Windows.

Dialup with the phone line is slow, DSL is something you will really appreciate.

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I Installed cable modem via intergrated ethernet port on PC.Got online,got an ip address, Opened a couple of pages on the internet.Then it stopped working and I could'nt open any more pages. The only fix to get back online was to go to system properties disable the nic card and then enable It again.then It would allow me to open a few more pages. I Install cable modems and this happened twice in one week on two different PC both with itergrated nics. ANY IDEAS OF WHATS CAUSING THIS THANX.

A:Cable Modem Ethernet Connection

What is the OS that is installed on the problem children? What is the make and model of the NIC on the PC's? Find some commonality between PC's with the networking problems. make sure the NIC's also have the most up to date set of drivers loaded.

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Hello TechSupport people,

I am relatively good at installing and troubleshooting smaller sized networks... I am having trouble with one of my customer's networks and I think I have the problem narrowed down. Please help me if you see any corrections or issues.

I have a customer with a FS726T switch and ~20 computers connected to this switch running DHCP assigned addresses. The switch is assigning addresses in the 10.0.0.xx range.

The customer currently has an old T1 line coming into a Cisco router, which then directs traffic to port 20 on the switch.

The problem is, we are replacing the old T1 line with a newer 50mbps cable connection. The cable company pre-configured their router with a static IP address the 68.116.xx.xx range. The Subnet is also different than the Netgear's subnet. I would like to keep the old T1 connection in place. I believe they have data that needs to go to their mainframe/backbone server at corporate.

I cannot log in to the cable modem. IT is an SMC SMCD3G with a staic IP. I tried changing my PC's IP address to the same gateway but cannot get into the cable company's modem, even using a static IP with the same gateway as the modem's gateway address. I don't want to reset the modem/router and lose the cable company's settings.

I am pretty sure for the devices to communicate, the following has to be true?:

1) Cable modem and FS726T must be on the same 10.0.0.xx IP range?
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A:Netgear FS726T switch and SMC cable modem connection

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I currently have my cable modem connected to my computer via a USB cable and ports. Would there be any improvement in data flow performance if I instead used an ethernet cable and ports which I also have?

Thanks muchos!!

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My cable modem and laptop will not recognize each other when connected using an ethernet cable. (I know the modem does work using an ethernet cable...this is how it was connected to my desktop pc) I have been able to connect via the usb port, but I would like to use the ethernet connection if possible.

I have a Gateway running XP sp2

A:Laptop will not recognize ethernet connection to cable modem

If you know the modem works with an Ethernet connection to the desktop, and the same cable and port are being used when trying it on the laptop, and the laptop fails, it is a problem with the laptop.

Is the network adapter enabled?
Have you tried known working Ethernet network adapter?
Since it works with a USB adapter, you at least know there isn't a TCP/IP or Winsock problem.

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Ok here's the situation:
I just moved into a student apartment. The internet is already activated and it is available through the RJ45 jack straight off the wall. Using an Ethernet cable I am able to use Internet without any issues with my PC.

What I want to do:
- Use my Buffalo ADSL router/modem to share the connection: both wired and wireless.
- Use my router as local DHCP to create a private network with my home devices.
- Be able to access both the internet and the router without having to unplug anything.

The setup:
- There is no way to use a DSL (phone) cablein the house so I have to plug the Ethernet cable carrying the connection in one of the LAN port of the router.
- My PC use another free LAN port.

The issues so far:
- I am only able to share the connection through the LAN ports of the router.
- Wireless devices are able to connect (it even read "Internet access" in the tray bar) but are unable to browse. It can't resolve proxy and always time out.
-When the Ethernet cable is plugged into the router, the router itself becomes unavailable. I'm assuming the connection has its own gateway somewhere else and prevents me from accessing the router.
- I effectively don't have any private network anymore.

edit: another weird thing I noticed. On my laptop anytime I try to connect to a wireless network it connects to 2 networks at the same time. One with the proper SSID and the other "Unidentified network"

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A:Issues using my router/modem to share connection coming from Ethernet cable

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Hi there,

I've got a PC connected to the internet with an ethernet cable, and two laptops connected to the same router via wireless. Everything was working fine untill a few days ago. At the moment, I still have internet on my PC, but both of the laptops do connect to the router, but won't connect to the internet.

I have tried the usual /flushdns and problem solving in Control Panel, but I can't get it to work, and I haven't got a clue what I should do next.

Here's the IPConfig /all for both laptops (One pasted, the other one in file as to not spam the post:

Microsoft Windows [versie 6.1.7601]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. Alle rechten voorbehouden.

C:\Users\Wilma>ipconfig /all

Windows IP-configuratie

Hostnaam . . . . . . . . . . . . : LaptopWilma
Primair DNS-achtervoegsel . . . . :
Knooppunttype . . . . . . . . . . : hybride
IP-routering ingeschakeld . . . . : nee
WINS-proxy ingeschakeld . . . . . : nee

Draadloos LAN-adapter voor Draadloze netwerkverbinding 2:

Mediumstatus. . . . . . . . . . . : medium ontkoppeld
Verbindingsspec. DNS-achtervoegsel:
Beschrijving. . . . . . . . . . . : Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter
Fysiek adres. . . . . . . . . . . : 7A-F1-A1-5F-89-DB
DHCP ingeschakeld . . . . . . . . : ja
Autom. configuratie ingeschakeld : ja

Draadloos LAN-adapter voor Draadloze netwerkverbinding:

Verbindingsspec. DNS-achtervoegsel:
Beschrijving. . . . . . . . . . . : Atheros AR5B93 Wireless Network Adapter
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A:Connection through ethernet cable, but not via Wireless

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There's home wireless connection that my laptop won't connect to on its own. This wireless connects after the laptop has been connected to the router via the Ethernet cable, and stays connected with the cable unplugged until it drops (it's normal for my connection to drop sometimes), and then won't reconnect by itself again.

My wireless has wpa2-psk. OS is Vista.

Thank you.

A:Wireless only connects after Ethernet cable connection

Hey Sammy2. I assume your machine connected before with no connection issues.
Which Vista are you using,32 or 64 bit, and what Service Pack level is it on?
Do you have and use a good Anti-Virus/Anti-Malware cleaner?
When you lose your connection, is the Internet and wireless l.e.d.'s on the router still on?
Are there any other pc's that connect to this network?
When you state it won't connect again automatically, what do you do to get an Internet connection again?

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I have a compaq Laptop, HP F700 running windows vista 32 bit, about 2 years old
and have had the same internet issues since I bought the dame thing.

I have searched the web for hours trying to find the answers, made some changes, but still have the same problems. I have turned off all security programs, downloaded drivers, applied a fix patch from Microsoft, enabled some functions that were disabled all to know avail.

I can connect: at work (via cbl), at a friends house (cbl) and at home via neighbors wireless.
I cannot connect to my roommates Ethernet cable or wireless router (running on windows XP, wireless via linksys router). The wireless router was recently set up and my connection was great for about a day but has not worked for weeks. In the 'network and sharing center' window it shows while I am connected to my roommates wireless network it is only a local connection: that's there is a red x between the wireless network and the internet. When I click on red x and run the windows diagnostics program I get 'There may be a problem with th Domain Name Servers (DNS)'

I had the same problem at work using a cable and the tech guy just changed some iPv4 settings and have never had connection problems but home is a different story. I am just trying to get the wireless connection but even a cable connection would be a break through.

Here are my ipconfig stats

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0.6002]
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A:No internet connection bye Ethernet cable or wireless

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i used to be able to access the internet directly via a direct ethernet connection, but now my only option appears to be the wireless network connection. i don't recall when exactly the local area connection disappeared but the wireless is too slow & unreliable. i really would appreciate any assistance figuring out how to connect to the internet directly again.

i'm running windows xp home edition version 2002 with service pack 2 on a emachine desktop. i have a netgear wireless pci adapter for the wireless.

i tested the cable on another pc so i know the cable & the ethernet connection work. when i plug teh cable into my pc, shouldn't a local area connection option appear on my network connections? i believe i used to be able to choose between wireless & local are connection, but not all i get is wireless network connection.

i ran ipconfig/all. this i what i got:

C:\Documents and Settings\Owner>ipconfig/all

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : DA04-Bloomfield
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . :

Ethernet adapter Wireless Network Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : NETGEAR WG311 802.11g Wireless PCI A
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A:wireless connection works but can not connect via ethernet cable

I have no idea about your level of knowledge but I thought I'd let you know what I would do to investigate the problem....

Right click My Network places from the desktop or go to Start, All Programs, Accessories, Communications, Network Connections.

Here you should see you LAN and Wireless Connections. Make sure the LAN connection is not disabled. Right click, properties, select Internet Protocol in the box and set everything to automatic; obtain IP and DNS automatically, assuming you have a DHCP server on the network. The router perhaps? If not then manually enter the IP, subnet mask (probably and the gateway ip. Set the Primary DNS address to the same as the gateway again, assuming the router is configured to get it's DNS address from your ISP. Click Advanced and set Enable NetBIOS over TCIP in the WINS tab.

Also check in Device Manager that your Network Card (NIC) is available, enabled and working.

Once the ethernet cable is attached, you should at least be able to ipconfig and see the LAN connection. If you can try to ping the router:
You should get 4 replies if all is well.
Then try to ping an external address:
again, you should 4 replies.

I know this is fairly detailed help but that would be a good start to investigate your issue.

Good luck...

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My Sony Vaio seems to not like connecting to wireless internet anymore, and when I click on the available connections, it shows the ethernet cord as a wireless connection (but it works). There is no recognition from my computer that it is plugged in to a ethernet cord.

I have tried a system restore to 2 weeks before this all happened, and it didn't work. I'm not sure what to do, I know it's a problem with my computer because other people can connect to the ethernet cord and the wireless, just not me.

Any ideas?

A:Sony Vaio thinks ethernet cable is a wireless connection

and welcome to the Forum

Lets take a peek at your environment:


Power Cycle everything . . Turn off the Modem, router and all pc's . . turn on the Modem and wait a few minutes for the lights to stabilize . . then turn on the router, then one pc at a time. See if you connect to the internet.


Remove all the stored wireless network profiles and search for the network again.

How to Remove Stored Wireless Network Profiles for XP, Vista, and Windows 7

Then: check your browser's settings, remove any proxy settings if found here's how.


with the pc connected to the router via the ethernet cable, , Click on Start . . Run . . type CMD

At the > prompt type type the following command: IPCONFIG /ALL

Note that there is a space before the /ALL, but there is NOT a space after the / in the following command.

Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter. Come back here and Paste the results in a message.

If you are on a machine with no network connection, use a floppy, USB disk, or a CD-RW disk to transfer a text file with the information to allow pasting it here.

Repeat this with the pc connected to the router via wireless (disconnect the ethernet cable )

then please Download and run this Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector, click the Networks link on the upper left and paste a screen shot of that screen here. Note that this application requires NET Framework to run. If you get a... Read more

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I'm getting out of the dialup stuff in a month and I'm not sure what I will need for connecting the cable modem and then setting up a wireless connect for my laptop and desktop computer. any help would be greatly appreciated. the computers don't top 1.6 ghz on either system and I'm not looking for top of the line stuff, just get decent connect speeds. Thanks

A:question about setting up a wireless connection through a cable modem

You're going to need a wireless router and a PCI wireless card as well as a laptop card thingy (sorry forgot the name but it looks like a fancy card that you plug into the laptop).

Linsys is a really good brand name. They have 54Mbps transfer.

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I just had cable installed with modem. Here is the setup:
cable modem->linsys AP wireless ~ Wireless NIC in PC w/ XP Media Home.

I can get to the wireless AP through its IP address and access all setup infomration. I cannot get beyond. Any try to ping or use the browser to get the the web gives me no DNS server available. Yahoo IM says no connection available.

I tried to set TCP/IP on the wireless connection to use thinking I had to set the PC's IP address to something that linksys liked. No luck.

Can anyone help?

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So saturday, my friend and i build my computer. Everything worked just fine that day. Sunday i had no problem connecting to the internet. Sunday is also the day i set up a password for my admin account.

Now when i came back from work monday, i tried to log in to my computer. As it appears, i forgot my password... (same i use on everything, so i must have messed up inputting my pass)

So i did a windows reset, since i had no CD or USB to reset my pass.

I tried installing windows, and it appears 'this copy of windows is not genuine'. I thought, okay, no prob, as long as i have all options.

A:Solved: Can't connect to internet using ethernet cable and modem

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I have Time Warner internet with a cisco modem two weeks ago I hooked up a belkin router so I can use my laptop also. Everything seem to be working fine until a few days ago now the laptop seems okay but the desktop is slower than dail-up. I called Time Warner and they had me connect the desktop directly to the modem by passing the router and all was well but as soon as I went back thur the router the problem was back so they said it must be a problem with the router but my laptop and two printers are working fine with the router just the desktop is having an issue. My question is the modem has an ubs connection and I was wondering if I could use that to hook it to my computer by passing the router.

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Hi, my modem doesnt work when i plug 2nd ethernet cable in to it i am trying to link another pc to me modem but it just makes the lights flash and then doesnt work i tried it in different ports still doesnt work i also tried my xbox in it that doesnt work either iv have internet for 2 years and also plugged my xbox in now and agen and it worked fine but just recently doesnt want to work any ideas how to fix it ??
Thanks jake

A:Solved: modem doesnt work when i plug 2nd ethernet cable in

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Hi everyone...

i was wondering if there is anyway to have 2 laptops connect to 1 modem using 1 Ethernet cord each...

i want to be able to connect to the internet on both laptops...

my modem has 4 ethernet ports,and both pcs use VISTA.

i tried it already but i only have a connection on 1 laptop...

please help!!!


A:Solved: 2 laptops 1 modem 2 Ethernet cable Question (Urgent!!!)

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Oh man, where do I start? I've never had this issue with a computer before and it started like a week ago. All of a sudden, I wasn't able to get online. We are using a cable modem from Cable America with an ethernet cord. If my PC is plugged directly into it, I can't get online. If I take that same cord from the back of my PC and plug it into my husband's laptop, I'm able to get online. That's how I'm contacting you guys right now.

I took my computer to a repair shop and he told me my LAN card was bad and put a new one in. He plugged it up and my computer was online at the store. I get home and it won't work! I take it back to the shop and he runs another test on it and he is very confused as to what is going on.

I've called Cable America and they told me the modem is fine and that my media state is disconnected. Well, why does the computer work just fine at the repair shop but not at home? After my son wakes up from his nap, I'm running out to Cable America and switching out the modem to see if it's really the issue.

I'm using Windows Vista...I know, I know, everybody's favorite OS. I just bought this computer just under a year ago, so I would love to get it fixed. I've even restored it back to factory settings and that didn't help.

Can anybody give me some ideas to try?

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Hi Folks,

I'm really hoping that you'll be able to help me out here. I've been trying to sort this out for a few weeks now (should have asked for help earlier I know). The set up I have is a Toshiba Satellite A100 running XP Media Center Edition and an HP Pavillon Desktop also running XP Media Center Edition. I have a cable modem which is a Castlenet CBV600E and a router which is an Encore Electronics Wireless Broadband Router.

All was working brilliantly, for 6 months until a number of things happened. The laptop got a couple of trojans and generally annoying malware on it and the broadband speed was upgraded to 4Mbps (I'm in Gozo, Malta, that's good for here!). Since then the desktop will connect fine through the modem and through the router (although through the router the speed drop by about 1/3, but that's another issue), but I can only get a stable connection for the laptop by plugging it into the modem via usb.

If I connect the laptop to the router by wire or wirelessly then the speed drops to 481 kb/s download speed, 148 kb/s upload speed and the pings rise to 385 ms (just tested on If I leave the connection then the speeds will decrease until pages do not load at all and the pings rise to the 1000's ms. This can take from a couple of hours to 10 minutes. If I turn everything off, leave it off for a few minutes and start it all back up again the connection returns at a useable level for a little while, then degrad... Read more

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So about a year my laptop got water on it ... send it to fix last week and it works now !
went to TWC to get a modem And the modem works pecfectly fine on My regualar Computer but no my Laptop
I doesnt even blink when i connect the ethernet cable ?
What can vb ethe problem??

A:Sony vaio wont recognize cable modem or ethernet cable?

you need drivers , for the devices with a yellow ! - possibly the chipset
its possible the hardware is damaged , because of the water issue

however, post back the exact sony model and windows version and can look for drivers - should be on the sony support site

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Wasn't sure if this was supposed to go here or in networking, so I just put it here.

My family recently got a new desktop computer and my parents are putting it in my brothers room, which is near the opposite end of the house where the router and modem is. Should I just tell them to get some retartedly long Ethernet cord, or is there a good enough wireless adapter I could buy? I know direct connections are almost always better, but I don't think there is a store that sells long ethernet cords that stretch across my house, which is pretty big.

A:Solved: Ethernet Cable or Wireless Adapter?

It's easy enough to get an Ethernet cable up to 100 meters, and I'd guess that's long enough.
There are many factors that affect wireless reception, including the construction of your dwelling and the hardware you use, so I'd ask a mod to move this to the networking forum where you might get better help.

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I'm staying with my parents for a couple of weeks so want to connect my laptop to their wireless network. I have an ACER aspire 6930z laptop which uses Vista - I connect this at my house to my network with no problems (bebox). Here, my parents are on virgin broadband and have a belkin wireless G plus mimo router. They have other laptops connected to this network, again without a problem.

I can see the wireless network on my laptop and have entered what I believe to be the correct WEP key on my laptop to access the network. When I connect it is connected with limited connectivity (although the signal strength is excellent), Diagnostics says 'there might be a problem with one or more network adaptors on this computer'.

Would anyone be able to help advice me on what I might be doing wrong?


A:Solved: Problems connecting laptop (Vista) to virgin wireless network via Belkin rout

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I have Windows 7 Professional on my PC. In the first load I had, the PC should automatically detect if the LAN cable was plugged in, turn off the wireless radio, and change the network icon in the right bottom corner to reflect the cable was now in use.
Unfortunately, I had to reload my PC, and since then I can't get it to do it again.
So, what I'd like to achieve is this: Have Windows automatically detect when the cable is plugged in, turn of the wireless radio, and change the network icon in the right bottom corner to reflect the cable is in use - and, obviously, vice versa.
Can someone tell me what I need to do, please?

A:Have Windows 7 automatically switch to LAN when cable is plugged in and switch to wireless when it's removed

There are two methods can help you.
1. Go to <Network and Sharing><Change Adapter Settings> and right click your wired and wireless adapters one at a time to change the properties. Select IPv4, click <Properties>
then click <Advanced>. For each one, clear the "Automatic metric" check box and assign the metric value manually. Setting your wired adapter?s metric value lower than wireless adapter one, such as ?1? for wired adapter and ?2? for wired adapter.

2. Go to <Network and Sharing><Change Adapter Settings>,
hold down 'alt' to bring up the "File" menu, select "Advanced", select
"Advanced Settings" from the dropdown menu, adjust the priority of your wired adapter higher than your wireless adapter in the "Advanced Settings" window under the "Adapters and Bindings" tab.
Hope this helps.Please remember to click ?Mark as Answer? on the post that helps you, and to click ?Unmark as Answer? if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.

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I have a cable modem attached to a network (router, cascaded to other routers - different vendors routers but it works / to attach 10 computers). The PCs use a lot of data/bandwith part of the day and works well, generally, but the cable modem sometimes has outages and its important we get network working again. We have no IT support. So thank you in advance for any direction you can provide.

I also have a DSL line/router that is not attached to anything (except it provides wireless).

Question: Can I just swing the cable from the cable modem over to the DSL router and expect internet to work?

I tried it one day and it worked, but we had very limited usage.

I tried it another time when the cable modem/internet failed - and it didn't seem to work. The usage was much higher so I don't know if the amount of data or the required "handshake" would take longer. or what...can you advise. This is just vanilla internet connection. No VPN or such. The applications can be shut down and reopened. But we would rather not have to reboot the PCs.

Second question would be: if I have both DSL and Cable Modem sitting next to each other - can I attach both so they can both be used and provide back up.

A:Can I just swap Ethernet Cable from Cable Modem to DSL?

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I have a combination modem/router supplied by my internet service. My main floor desktop computer is connected directly via Ethernet cable. Two laptops, an ipad and a couple of TV's connect wirelessly. I have a large house with an office in the basement which is pretty much underground and on the other end of the house, so I recently ran a second Ethernet cable from the upstairs modem/router to a desktop computer in my downstairs office. The connection itself worked fine. I did notice, however, that my wireless connections would not work when the second Ethernet cable was plugged into the modem/router. When I unplugged it, wireless started working again. Could the problem be with the Ethernet cable? It is a CAT 5e cable which I made myself since I needed a custom length. It is my first one, so of course I am doubting myself. It works fine except for the problem it creates with my wireless devices. (My level of expertise is a little more than beginner, but I'm not quite sure I would call myself intermediate yet either.)

A:Solved: Wireless won't work when second ethernet cable plugged in

Check the settings for the ethernet and wireless devices in that basement desktop.

Some computers will disable one device when the other device is being used.

TerryNet and etaf and a few others are the networking experts here, so one of them will probably jump in to help you.


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I have a Covad DSL modem and a Netgear wireless router. I had the internet connection set up using an ethernet cable connected to a desktop computer, with several wireless laptops on the network. Now my desktop has crashed (not worth fixing), so I set up the same connection on a laptop, but it is now tethered by the ethernet cable to the modem, and therefore anchored to a desk. Can I reconfigure to set up all computers in my home wirelessly, or must one always be connected with the ethernet cable? The laptop it is currently set up on is a hp pavilion with Windows Vista.

A:Solved: help setting up a netgear router without ethernet cable connection

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I use a cable internet connection. My previous modem had a "standby" switch, so whenever I left the computer I would set the modem to standby, to prevent hackers from having access.

I just got a new modem (internet and telephone) that has to remain on at all times in order for the phones to work. For now, I've activated my EZ firewall, which I haven't used in the past because it would cause some problems with some apps. But I'd rather just be able to turn the internet access on and off as needed.

Does anyone know if there's such a thing as a manual on/off switch for an RJ45 cable? Seems to me like a rather simple concept.

Thanks to all who reply.

A:Is there a MANUAL SWITCH for an ethernet cable?

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Mt friend cannot connect to a cable modem that works for his roomie. I had the PC connected at my house so I know the NIC etc at leas WAS working.

The ping local host returns one IP 127 etc.

We have tried cables we know are good also.

Any help appreciated!


A:Solved: Cable modem connection problem plz help

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I just bought a new router the ASUS RT-N56U .

After setting it up getting ISP provided information everything seemed to work fine but i then i done a speedtest with the ethernet cable plugged in and it would start off at 8Mb/s then would instantly drop to less than 0.5 Mb/s Here is a picture of what it looks like I don't know how to fix it because when im on wireless only it works perfectly fine is there anything i can do?

A:Solved: Get huge speed drop on ethernet cable not on wireless!!!

There are a lot a variables. How is your cable made? Is it a store bought cable? Did you make it? Is it run or is it just laying on the floor run from router to PC? A little more info might help but ultimately it might come down to without being there to test the actual cable and NiC we won't be able to know for sure.
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I am having problem connecting my laptop to the internet via ethernet cable.

I am typing this from a Mac desktop that is on the same connection - no router in use, just a cable modem.

I have tried 3 different laptops plugging in to the ethernet cable directly to the modem and all say the same thing - limited to no connectivity for the XP machines, and "Local access only" for the Vista machine.

It recognizes the ethernet cable, and it searches for connectivity but does not succeed.

What makes this weird is that the connection itself is live as evidenced by my ability to type on this desktop.

Please help!!

A:Solved: Can't connect laptop to internet via ethernet cable (wireless is ok)

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Hi, great site/idea.

I'm having a strange issue regarding internet.
Moved country...Ireland to Australia.
PC had never caused any issues before and was connected to net via a wireless adapter.
Moved to Australia, set up PC, everything seems fine apart from not being able to connect to Internet.

Wireless - when I plug wireless adapter into usb port, toolbar displays Monitor with red x, so i double click and to view network list but my network isn't available....but my neighbors one shows up.....even though according to the status of wireless network connections adaptor is "Not connected"??????but my network is a very strong signal and am actually using it right now on my notebook to send this adaptor's sees asnother network but not my network which is 1 metre away?????

Ethernet Cable - Plug in cable but nothing happens, no change on toolbar, nothing in Network Connections.
Tried internet with but doesn't work....stumped.

Am I making a simple schoolboy error here?

Checked Device Manager and there is a yellow question mark at Other Devices, opened that and inside yellow question mark and exclamation mark over "other PCI Bridge" and "Video Controller (VGA Compatible)

Any advise, cant update any drivers as I cant get PC online obviously.

Thanks in advance.

A:Solved: PC wont connect to internet via Wireless or Ethernet cable

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OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU M 380 @ 2.53GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 37 Stepping 5
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 3766 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, 1755 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 597065 MB, Free - 490266 MB;
Motherboard: Acer, Aspire 5742
Antivirus: AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 2012, Not Updated

Please help me, I don't know what to do.
My internet connection suddenly stopped working and I don't know how to fix it, I've restarted the computer and unplugged the modem, amongst other things, but nothing seems to be working.
The only way I can have internet connection is with the ethernet cable, but it doesn't work without...

A:Solved: Can only connect to internet with ethernet cable, does not work wireless

you have marked this - solved - has the problem been resolved now

if not
have you made sure the wireless is switched on - often there's a physical switch or a combination of the FN + one of the F keys to control the wireless

post an ipconfig /all and xirrus screen shot
ipconfig /all
If you cannot access the internet with this PC, then you will need to paste the results into something like notepad and then copy onto a machine that can access the internet and post the results in a reply here.
Save the file to a USB flash drive or other removable media. Plug it into the working computer with internet access and copy the file and paste here.

We would like to see the results from an ipconfig /all - post back the results in a reply here.

Hold the Windows key and press R, then type CMD then press Enter to open a command prompt box
(A new dialogue box - black with white font, will appear on screen ):

In the command prompt window that opens, type the following command:

Note that there is a space before the /ALL, but there is NOT a space after the / in the following command.

ipconfig /all > network.txt & network.txt

It will export the results into notepad and then automatically open the notepad and display on your screen.

Now all you need to do is copy and paste those results into a reply here
to do that:
From the notepad menu - choose Edit - Select all
all the text will now be highlig... Read more

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I hope I am in the right forum...I am going to switch from DSL to cable and want to buy my own equipment.

Can I get some recommendations on a wireless cable modem?

I will be running 15 Mbps on Cox Cable in San Diego.

Thanks, Joe

A:Solved: Recommend a wireless cable modem

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I have a second laptop that I can not get internet connection via Comcast wireless. My primary laptop works fine.

Symptoms are
- the laptop will connect to an unsecured wireless network and provide internet
- the laptop will connect to a broadband network at work and provide internet
- the laptop recognizes that my cable modem signal is present but says there is "limited or no internet
- my neighbor is also using Comcast wireless and I see his modem in my available networks list. His system is identified as "Security-enabled wireless network (WPA)". mine is same except doesn't say "WPA"

I am using Windows XP. I have read through other posts on this subject. The firewall settings are correct and all functions are started. Issue seems to be associated with the security key as unsecured networks are OK.

HELP - Jim

A:Solved: No Internet Via Wireless Cable Modem

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Hi and thanks for any advice you can give, it's really appreciated.

I have an HP Compaq 6715s laptop with Windows 7. I have had a problem for sometime where the modem (the aforementioned Broadcom 590x 10/100 Ethernet) will not work wirelessly any more. I just get an icon in the bottom corner with a red x over a monitor and it doesn't seem to be able to detect any wireless networks. This has happened quite suddenly and I've not changed anything on the cpu that I'm aware of. The modem does still work if I physically plug it into the router.

Windows insists that I have the latest drivers and not being hugely technical, am at a bit of a loss to know what to do.
Thanks in advance

A:Solved: Broadcom 590x 10/100 Ethernet modem won't go wireless

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TIA for any help.

When using the phone company's broadband, we had a lot of disconnects and decided to switch to cable dsl. The internet connection was now sporatic using both firefox and IE6, with messages that read "the page could not be found" (This happens with desktop and my laptop). The cable tech guys came out and the modem checked out fine and they were able to ping web sites ok, so said it was my problem. They did look in my hosts file and found the entries and and said I had a virus and they changed some things (I now know that those 2 things were put on by Microsoft and don't do anything), so now I have 2 files titled "hosts" and one of each titled, hosts.old and hosts.incorrect.

They then told me to uninstall Norton antivirus, and beyond that they couldn't help me. I followed their advice, and after uninstalling Norton the pc won't connect to the internet at all. I did check to make sure there weren't any lingering symantec junk in the dns or netb files, and they read like they should.

I run Spybot and Adaware SE (which come up clean), and at this point have disabled the windows firewall to try and avoid conflicts. I have repaired the connection several times, plus rebooted the modem and computer, and disabled and re-enabled the lan connection. Nothing seems to help.

A:Solved: sporatic internet connection with new cable modem

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My router has died recently and i have a switch that still works. I want to use this switch to share the internet from my cable modem over my 3 computers. I am aware they would get 3 different WAP IP addresses and this isnt a problem. What i want to know is do i need to use a Cross-over cable OR a Patch cable to hookup the cable modem to the uplink port on the Switch (I used to use a patch cable for the router)?

I have been told this will not work (using a siwtch with a cable modem) However i have used a HUB + Cable modem before with no problems, AND i have quite a few friends who do the same thing..

Right now i have the switch hooked up to the cable modem via a patch cable, and each computer gets a valid WAP IP Address, however no connectivity..
Can anyone help me??

Any advice would be great, Thanks a bunch!

A:Cable Modem + Switch?

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I have a friend whose internet is not working after recent thunderstorm. Run Vista diagnostic and it states no connection to adapter. Could it be the modem blew out or in my opinion, the ethernet card?

A:Solved: Comcast Motorola modem ethernet light not on, no connection?

Top suspect would be the modem, they're right in the line of fire.

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I just activated Comcast high-speed internet, and at first I couldn't access websites. We tried a few combinations of cycling the power to the modem and router, and rebooting the computer, but no luck. Finally, he told me to disconnect the router and plug the modem directly into the computer. Then it worked fine. And since it's not Comcast's router, they can't and won't provide any support to get the modem to work w/ the router.

The modem comes with both ethernet and USB connectivity, so I could hook the modem up the USB and connect the router to the ethernet. But I think I'd have to reconfigure the IP addresses and/or modem to do that, right? And I assume the other computer on the wireless network wouldn't have internet access?

The router is supposed to obtain the IP configuration from the modem automatically. When the modem was connected directly to the computer, I copied the IP configuration. Then I tried reconnecting the router and manually entering the same IP configuration into the router. But I don't know what I should set the "Wan Access Type" to... the options are Static IP, DHCP Client, PPPoE, or PPTP. There's also a "Clone MAC Address" field... I set that to the same MAC address as the ethernet connection on the cable modem.

I also set the routers Operation Mode to Gateway.

I'm running WinXP on the main computer and Win98SE on the other. The cable modem is a Motorola Surfboard SB5101. The ro... Read more

A:Solved: Cable modem won't work w/ wireless router

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Hello all,
I recently purchased a Belkin N Wireless Modem Router with a single ADSL input and 4xRJ45 outputs. I have an old Belkin 54g Router at the moment and wanted to upgrade. Unfortunately when the item arrived I discovered that I had made a mistake as the router was for ADSL and not the Virgin cable modem. Before returning the item I would like to know if it is possible to convvert the RJ45 lead output from the cable mobem to the ADSL input of the router. I've had a look on forums and a lot of the answers seem to be way more complex but without answering this question.
Thanks in advance for any replies.

A:Solved: Cable modem to ADSL Wireless Router

Nope, you can't use that router with a cable modem.

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i am buying another computer and naturally i would like to set up internet on it , i thought about buying a switch and use that to share my cable modem between the 2 computers,will that work okay? i never used a switch before so wanna make sure
(btw my isp allows upto 3 ip's so i know for a fact there wouldnt be an issue there) , i know i could get a router however its more expensive and honestly i dont need the extra features,please help

A:sharing cable modem via switch,possible?

If you actually get three public IP addresses, then a switch will allow you to share the Internet. Note that if they're really public IP addresses, it's very likely that you will NOT be able to share files/printers between the machine. I know that when Comcast issues multiple public IP addresses, they're routinely not in the same subnet, so there will be no communication between the machines.

Truthfully, since a router is only about $20-30 if you do any shopping, there is no reason on this planet that anyone that can afford to have three computers can't afford the extra $10 or so to get a router and solve the problem the right way, rather than the switch.

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The network card in my PC supports 1Gbit ethernet, my 2TB NAS also supports 1Gbit ethernet, however both of these are currently run through a 100Mbit cable modem/router thus reducing the connection speed. I was wondering if I purchased a 1Gbit switch and connected all my devices directly into that, then connected it into the cable modem, would the PC communicate with the NAS directly via the switch or would it go through the cable modem?

Hopefully my attachement might explain visually what I am trying to do.

A:Connecting a switch into a cable modem.

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Ok, I have the internet through a [email protected] Broadband and I want to know how to switch the internet from 1 computer to another. I have a Compaq LAN card in my new computer and I am not quite sure if i installed it right. I mean like the computer configuration and stuff. What all do I need to do to get the AT&T Internet from 1 computer to the other or possibly both at the same time. I have windows 98 second edition. Someone plz help.

A:Cable Modem Switch Computers.

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Hi All,
I have Laptop Toshiba Satellite L775, windows 7. I used cable modem Motorola SURFboard SBG6580 and it was working fine. Then I changed my ISP to Century Link and used their DSL modem and still everything worked just fine. Now I moved to another city and used same cable modem (SBG6580) and connected my business PC thru ethernet and it is working fine. The problem is with my laptop which I tried to connect wirelessly but coudn't so I tried to connect it thru ethernet but it does not even recognizes it. Funny thing is my hard wired computer has picked up same network name thru modem and is working fine both thru ethernet and wifi (this computer I am using first time with this modem).
My laptop find available networks and when I select my network with password, some time it says connected with limited access and some time "windows was unable to connect" message. I tried most of the solutions by calling Suddenlink and Motorola but no luck. I am wordering if it has to do anything with centurylink's DSL modem being used on this laptop before and somehow blocking cable modem?
Any help?

A:Solved: Cable modem to DSL back to cable modem-now my laptop can't connect to interne

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Today i have a new problem with my adsl. The wireless was working at full 'advertised' speed last night, then today i noticed the wireless connection symbol in the task bar had changed from 54mbs to only 2 mbs, and a speedtest showed that it was a tenth of the speed it used to be.

Because i just installed my modem yesterday, i thought maybe this was just the isp limiting my connection until i register the modem or something. However, when i connect an ethernet cable between the modem and my computer, the connection works at full advertised speed. Does this rule out the possibility that my isp is limiting my signal, and suggest that the problem is with my wireless settings? Thanks for any help. The modem is a speedtouch 780.

A:Solved: wireless connection to router slow, cable connection fast

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I have a cable modem linked to my pc via an ethernet cable for my broadband and want to get a network communication with my Playstation 3. I don't want to go wireless as I understand I get a faster Internet speed when I am wired. If I acquire a suitable length of ethernet cable running from the PS3 to the PC, how do I connect this cable up, bearing in mind I have a single ethernet port on the PC currently occupied by the cable modem connection. Do I need something like an ethernet switch or hub? Any advice would be gratefully received.

A:Ethernet...cable modem +PS3

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I want to connect 1 pc via the Ethernet port and one pc via the USB port on my Toshiba pcx1100u cable modem. Can these work together simaltaneously? I just want to know if it can be done. I already have a router but this is something I always wanted to try. Thanks in advance.

A:Can I use USB and Ethernet on Cable modem?

Nope. You have one data stream, you just get to pick which hole it comes out of. FWIW, I've never tried the USB on my PCX1100U, and I never intend to. USB sucks for networking, there's no point if you have an Ethernet connection.

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Which connection is "better" in terms of a cable modem....usb or ethernet?

A:cable modem: usb v ethernet

Originally posted by rosh325:
Which connection is "better" in terms of a cable modem....usb or ethernet? Click to expand...

This is a no-brainer, pick Ethernet every time!

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i set up a DSL modem to a new computer.

although i have a ethernet connection on the DSL and the new computer,i used a USB cable.

should i go buy an ethernet cable and use that instead of a USB or does it make no diffrence?


Um technicallly ethernet is way faster than usb. usb 1.0 only does 300k per second while ethernet does way more. (not sure how much). Then again your internet connection might not be faster than 300k per second. If you have dsl its very likely that you get 765kbps or soemthing like that. I don't know how to translate kbps to kilobits so I dont know how much 300k is in kbps. I do know that I can't use the usb type even though my dsl modem supports both because my connection is much more than 765kbps its 1.5gbps or 1500kbps. I use ethernet because maybe my connection is actually a little more than 300k per second which is what usb 1.0 can do.

ps. Im not an expert but in my case I went with ethernet because well its made for networking and I wouln't wanna use up a usb slot.

Your internet provider should have provided you with an ethernet cable and the usb cable so don't spend your money unless your worried that your connection is slow because the dsl modem is connected through usb.

MMM, McDonald's Oreo McFlurry (its yuuuuuuummy)

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I have a friend with an old laptop running win98.

She was connected to the internet through a cable modem, using a usb connection.

Her boyfriend recently got his PS2 connected to the net through the same cable modem, but through the ethernet port.

There was a complicated registration process for the PS2 to connect to the net.

My friend can no longer get her laptop to connect to the net.

When it is connected, the usb light on the modem lights up but the computer wont connect.

Ps2, and laptop were never connected at the same time.

Is it possible that the PS2 registration process reconfigured the modem or connection type?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


A:Cable modem. usb, ethernet.

Hard to say, it would help a lot to know what make/model of cable modem is in use. FWIW, I'd much rather be connected using Ethernet anyway. Since you mention a "complicated registration process", I suspect that you are correct in your analysis. I'd consider one of the many really cheap Ethernet PCMCIA cards for the laptop and just use Ethernet, it's a much better way to connect. If they both would like to connect, now's a good time to pick up a cheap broadband router!

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I am connected to internet through cable modem from time warner earthlink and use di 604 A router.I
am recieving error message of network cable disconnected when I connect through router but it is fine
when i connect modem directly to computer .when i try to connect through router the WAN led either blinks
slowly or doesnt light up at all.All this started happening when and i tried to restart router one day.Also
sometimes isee only packets sent but no packets recieved in local area connection status until i reset my
modem.Is this usual or do i have a defective router or modem or ethernet cable ? If latter is the case what do I need to do?Any help is welcome.Thanks

A:is it di 604 or ethernet cable or modem?

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I everyone, I was wondering if I should be using USB or an NIC card to connect my cable modem to my computer.

The computer guy said that the USB is not much slower than the ethernet. I want to use USB because that'll save me the trouble of getting a new NIC to network my computers

I don't really know how much slower one is than the other so if someone could tell me that'd be great.

Also, do you recommend ICS or routers?

A:usb or ethernet for a cable modem?


Short and sweet:



good for a Mac or a laptop that you wanna move about


Doesn't work with some computers (it sure didn't on mine)
Near impossible to network without ICS or some kind of NIC interface between the sharign computers (also, the one connected to the DSL would have to be always-on)
When using broadband modems especially, it hogs the USB bus bandwidth
Alcatel USB modem hogs power, and may cause the USB bus to shut down, which causes many problems


Usually provides higher speeds/better stability (as opposed to USB)
Fast to sync


OS-dependent (on the drivers level)
networking may be more difficult; suffer from some of the same issues as the USB
Isn't as easy to tell if it's "dead" (especially with the 3com modems)


Easy to network
Modem is not OS-dependent (except with the NIC card itself)
Can be setup for *almost* always-on (or always-on with a router)
*usually* very reliable

Easy setup


Pricey (for the hardware)
Unless using a router, PPP-based DSL (as opposed to earlier bridged connections) would still need connection software
PPPoE (in my experience, oE is very laggy and rather poor, as opposed to oA which the former two could use)
Hope this helps

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i have a motorola surf board cable modem sb5120
and a wgr614 v6 netgear wireless router i cant get them to connect, modem works without router

A:Solved: wireless router wont work with cable modem

This may be a simple case that you forgot to power cycle (unplug for 30 seconds) the modem when switching devices. Otherwise, ...

Reset the router to factory default settings.
Unplug modem and router and shut down computer(s).
Connect modem to router's WAN (Internet, Modem) port.
Connect computer(s) to router LAN port(s).
Plug in modem.
Plug in router.
Boot computer(s).

This should get you internet access on the connected computer(s). If not, please show for a Windows PC ...

Start, Run, CMD, OK to open a command prompt:
(For Vista or 7 type CMD in the Search box after Start)

Type the following command:


[Note that there is no space between the slash and ALL.]

Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter.
Paste the results in a message here.

If necessary use a text file and removable media to copy the results to a computer with internet access.

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So, I was setting up security on someone's Netgear WGT624 108mbps wireless router when I ran a firmware update which ended up killing the router. I did some web searches which indicated others have experienced the same problem.

So, I connected their PC directly to their Arris TM502G/CT cable modem, pressed the reset button on the cable modem so it would assign the PC a new IP address and I was able to access the Internet with no problems.

Eventually, I replaced the broken Netgear router with my own Netgear WGR614 54mbps wireless router. I configured the wireless security settings on it, hit the reset button on the cable modem, connected the working Netgear router to it, and was able to access the Internet through the router. At this point, all is well.

Now, on to the issue. When trying to access a particular website when connecting through the router, the site has inconsistent loading issues. Some pages load quickly and without issue while others will partially load or sometimes not load at all. A refresh of the page results in the page loading just fine.

When I reconnected the PC back to the cable modem directly, and pressed the reset button, the same site loaded just fine without ANY issues at all.

So, I'm thinking maybe the router is "busted" somehow. So, I do some testing. While I view pages on the site having loading problems, I would view other sites (like,,,, you get the idea) and ALL of the other sites load... Read more

A:Solved: Help needed with strange cable modem Internet connection issue

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Hello all, I have a rather odd problem I personally have never encountered, maybe some of you big brains can help me figure it out.

I have a Att (Westell) 7550 Dsl router broadcasting wireless at 1.5 megs.

I connect to this router with 2 different machines. A laptop ( Acer 5552 ), and
a desktop computer ( self built ) whose mobo is an Asus M2N4 - SLI, and is running win xp pro sp3. It is connected via ethernet through it's onboard gigabit ethernet port, which uses Nforce drivers for it's

Yes, 1.5 sucks, but it is fine for general use, I am the only person using it, and im in a rural area with no alternative.

My laptop connects and uses this wireless signal with no problems, I am even able to play games like World Of Warcraft and other non-broadband intensive games on it.

My desktop, which has the latest nforce ethernet drivers, connected via ethernet, is in most cases not usable at all. It connects and I get the standard 100mbps connection notification, yet, it usually cannot
even load a web page completely. I open its status dialog and see that packet flow is very slow. I have tried rolling back the driver, this does not help. I have deleted the driver altogether and rebooted the machine, this does not help. Other than this, my desktop runs the way it should, I built it, and would consider myself an advanced computer user, so, I do not believe it is my machine. I have looked for obtuse registry entries and services as culprits, but I can find ... Read more

A:Solved: Wireless connection faster than my ethernet connection???

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I have three computers, Win95,98 and XP Pro all plugged into a switch which is connected to modem.

Since I have no router would it be safer to put another NIC
into the XP.
Connect one NIC to the modem the other to the switch, then connect 95 and 98 to the switch?

And finally enable ICS and the firewall on the XP.

That should work shouldn't it?

A:3 PCs cable modem and switch, network security

Personally, I'd buy a router, OfficeMax has a rebate deal that you end up paying about $10 for one. ICS is a major PITA, I can't imagine why you'd want to screw around with it for $10.

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Hey all,
I've been having some problems connecting to the internet with my Netgear wireless router(WGR614V16). Ok so I got a Linksys(befcmu10)
Cable modem. I can connect my 2 computers fine with no router, but when I hook up the netgear all I get is a 192 address with internet icon in the network connections folder. I goto page and it brings me to a setup wizard without having to enter the admin admin.
It try's to detect the internet but can't and shows me a picture on how to set it up. I go back into the Network connections folder and the internet icon has disappeared.
I've tried just about everything I can think of reseting the router unplug modem first router second and turn back on in that order. Restarting the computers, inputing manuel IP addresses for both computers. I still can't get onto the internet with the netgear router.
If anyone can help me with this problem would be awsome.

Oh sorry for any misspells I suckz at da spelzin

A:Solved: Linksys cable modem with netgear wireless can't connect to the internet

nm figured it out I reset the cable modem and then the netgear router and finally worked.

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I've just had a Cable Modem Broadband connection installed. When the guy left after running the cable through the house and plugging in and activating the modem, he left a setup disk and ethernet cable for me to finish installation.

In my network connections in XP I have a 1394 connection under LAN/High-speed internet. When I connect the Ethernet cable between modem and RJ45 connector on the laptop connection is displayed as 'connected' in network connections. However there isn't a IP Address allocated. Setup in TCP/IP is for auto by DHCP (which is required for my ISP). I have tried to repair the connection using the 'repair' option in the drop-down for that connection but get the following error......
Failed to query TCP/IP settings of the connection. Cannot proceed.

I am currently using a USB connection to the modem but this is only 10Mbs max.

Can anyone help me?


A:HELP! Cable Modem Ethernet Problem

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Time Warner just came out on Saturday to install cable internet (Road Runner). However, he couldn't get it to connect through the ethernet, it will only get online from the USB.

The whole problem is that when I click on Repair (I have XP) it says that it cannot renew my IP address. I thought the problem might be on my end, so I bought a new NIC. No change.

Then time warner gave me a new modem, and the problem still persists.

I've already run the ipconfig /release junk, and it changed nothing.

Before I moved into this new apartment, I was using T1 cable from the old apartment, so I know my ethernet slot works as well as the cords and such.

What is going on?? I'm so confused, and I'd like my internet to go thru the ethernet so that I can get Vonage phone service.

Any help would be great! :giddy:

A:Cable modem won't connect thru ethernet

hi i have one sugestion, that you probibly did alredy but its worth a chack, make shore t that you have no firewalls on including the windows firewall, post back if the probiem contunios

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Greetings all. I'm new to these boards and I'm hoping you all are able to help.

I have a Motorola Surfboard SBS120 Cable Modem, and the thing runs perfectly fine when I plug it up via USB. However I heard that my cable connection could be faster if I hook it up via my Ethernet (CAT-5) cord and utilize my Realtek RTL8139 Family PCI Fast Ethernet NIC card.

My connection via Ethernet used to work, but I lost the cord some time ago. So I went USB. However just recentely (After learning the Ethernet cord was faster) I went to buy a new CAT-5 cable and hook it back up.

When my modem is hooked up via the Ethernet cord, one light on the Ethernet card come on, and the other blinks once after 5 seconds, then again at 8 seconds, then 20 seconds after plugging the cord in. (No blinking after this. The first lights always stays solid.) On the modem, the PC/Activity light comes on (But stays solid, no blinking) and the Power Light, Recieve Light, Send Light, and Online Light also stay solid and green.

However when I try to access any internet activities, they do not work. Messenger applications do not work, and Firefox displays "Server not found", and IE displays "The page cannot be displayed" A message pops up after a couple minutes with "Connection has limited, or no activity." and when I check the status of the connection, it is sending packets, but not receiving them.

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A:Cable Modem/Ethernet troubles

First off, with the Ethernet connection, you need no modem drivers. Second, make SURE you've disconnected the USB when you're trying to run with the Ethernet, and also turn off the power on the modem whenever you change from USB to Ethernet. If that doesn't do it, let's see this when you're connected to the Ethernet connection.

Start, Run, CMD to open a command prompt:

Type the following command:


Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter.
Paste the results in a message here.

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I was wondering if this would work. I have 2 PC's, both with Win98SE, hooked up in a dial-up network through a Linksys router for printer sharing only. All hooked up with Cat5 cabling.

We can dial out, one or the other on phone line "B", or both at the same time, using Phone line "A" and "B".

We need a public IP address, for my wife only, as she has remote Sabre software for her travel business. (CANNOT have a firewall).

The upshot is, dial-up stinks! I want to go back to Cable, but without a router, which would bring back the firewall business.

Now, Toshiba has a model with both USB and ethernet
connections, where they say you can hook up 2 PC's at the
same time, through the different connections.

With the Modem at my machine, I could hook me up to the USB
and run my wife's PC on ethernet. (She's 60' away in another room).

Does this sound feasible? Would my machines suffer because of the different connections?

With this hook-up, I will most likely lose my printer sharing, however I could get a second printer for her use.

Comments please. . Thanks

A:Toshiba Cable Modem - USB AND Ethernet

if you are going back to cable why network them at all. Get a separate cable for the wife. Its installed from a splice on your cable inside your home.Call your cable supplier and ask them about the added expense. shoudn't be that bad

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I need some assistance with our network at the office. We recently switched from having our data and voice being managed through a T1 and a phone server on site to having a cable modem and a virtual PBX.

Previous set up was T1 Line -> Box from T1 provided -> one line to the phone server and a second line to a SonicWall Firewall which then went to a couple of dell switches.

We have switched to a cable modem with 5 static IP's and a virtual PBX. Tech support for the PBX company suggested we configure our net work as follows.

--->Router---> Switch that connects to all phones
Cable Mode --> Unmanaged switch--|
--->SonicWall--> Switch that connects to computers

I configured the router for the phones and that works with no problems. But, when I configure the SonicWall with the information provided by our cable modem provider it worked but the SonicWall said it needed to restart after configuration so I clicked restart. Then the the internet connection wouldn't work and I couldn't get back into the SonicWall.

After numerous attempts at powering down the SonicWall and switch I finally was able to access it again and then the connection disappeared and finally I got access back again and reset everything to how it was on the T1 line.

The WAN setting on the SonicWall are as follows:

SonicWALL WAN IP (NAT Public) Addr... Read more

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Hello,yesterday I bought Desktop Switch TL-SF1008D so I can connect my cable internet with 2 computers...Problem is when I connect all cables to Switch(modem+1st computer+2nd computer)only 1 computer have internet and other one after troubleshooting says "local area connection doesn't have a valid ip configuration",I made Homegroup Network and joined with other computer too,now under "See full map" I see my both computer--Switch--Gateway--Internet and when I check on other computer "See full map"(computer that don't have internet) I see just Both computers--Switch.

My question is how to set up to use same internet on 2 different computers in same time via switch.

A:1 cable modem+2 computers on 1 switch internet problem

Just now friend told me that I need router first...Is that true?

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I want to share the internet connection from my Arris TM502G cable modem, connected via USB, to my desktop's pci ethernet adaptor. To the pci ethernet port, I want to connect my WiFi router.

When I bridge the two connections, I can't get on the internet anymore from the desktop connected via usb, and if I share the internet connection on the USB cable modem to the ethernet port on the computer, I cannot ping the router. However, I can ping the router from my Wireless laptop. I have the ethernet cable plugged into the first port on the router (the one that usually goes to the cable modem), but I have also tried the first computer port on the router.The router configuration page does not show an internet connection, and it can't see my desktop computer, only my laptop.

The desktop has a self-assigned ip.

The reason that I want to do this is that my router has not been working while connected the usual, cable modem --> ethernet cable --> router --> computer way. It works for several minutes to several hours, but drops the internet connection (I can still browse the network, though). BTW, the router is a belkin F5d7230-4 with B and G wifi.

I am running Windows XP with SP2
Please help.

A:Share USB cable modem with ethernet router

What do you want to try to do? If the router is dropping the WAN connection it will probably drop it no matter what it is connected to. See if there is a firmware upgrade and then reset the router to factory default settings. Sometimes one or both these steps will "shock" it into behaving again.

You can't bridge the connections as you described unless you are paying for two public IP addresses from your ISP. And then you still may not be able to because you can probably only get one on the USB connection.

If you want to use the Belkin as an ethernet switch and wireless access point the following is the complete procedure.

JohnWill's procedure (Aug. 30, 2008) for configuring a secondary router as a switch and, optionally, wireless access point follows.

Connecting two (or more) SOHO broadband routers together.

Note: The "primary" router can be an actual router, a software gateway like Microsoft Internet Connection Sharing, or a server connection that has the capability to supply more than one IP address using DHCP server capability. No changes are made to the primary "router" configuration.

Configure the IP address of the secondary router(s) to be in the same subnet as the primary router, but out of the range of the DHCP server in the primary router. For instance DHCP server addresses through, I'd assign the secondary router as it's IP address, for another router, etc.
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My parents have Comcast cable internet, and the modem is a real pain. For some inexplicable reason, it only wants to work with the USB connection. We have a linksys wireless router, and the cable quy came a week ago to help set it up, and it was working fine via ethernet. I still don't know how he got it to work, he didn't even touch our router, but we moved the modem to a different room a couple of days ago and now the ethernet won't work again! I even tried plugging my laptop in directly via ethernet, and it wouldn't get an IP no matter how long I waited. What's the deal?

A:Problem with Comcast cable modem ethernet

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This computer i own has worked fine for a long time now, so has my isp and cable modem until recently.....

2 weeks ago the cable modem started to disconnect on a almost perfect timing (About once a hour) If i take the power cord and unplug it, let it sit, then re-plug in, its fine.....for another hour.

So ive called the isp, they replaced the good.....
Called them again, they told me it was a hardware or software issue.

So i rollback with system restore to two days before the problem...cable modem stays online like it used to.

The only thing i had deleted or added to the system at this time were

Old version of adobe acrobat
Lord of the Rings online free trial.

Since it will stay on after a rollback, i know its not the NIC card but i cant for the life of me figure out were the error is coming from.

Talking to the ISP tech guy, they can ping the modem and its alive but when i ping times out....

Any advice would be nice.
If i cannot find a solution im just going to reformat back to factory settings which at this point would be alot easier but im a stubborn fella.

Oh, i have run full system scan with CA virus/anti spyware provided by my isp i also have run Spybot....

I did find these entries

Mirc nHTMLn 2.9
FakeCD 99 3.0

Even after removal in safe mode, the problem still persist's with the modem until i rollback.

Thanks ahead of time!

A:Cable Modem/Ethernet will not stay connected

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I have a 3com PCMCIA ethernet card. I am trying to connect my laptop (using that card) to my cable modem. I have Road Runner cable internet that I use on my desktop. My laptop is running Windows 95. I don't know what to do to set up this connection. Can you tell me what to do? Thanks!

A:PCMCIA ethernet card to cable modem

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I am able to connect with my cable modem using the USB, but the ethernet does not work for some reason

It just started doing this a few hours ago

my ISP is charter communication

modem = Ambit U10CO18

whenever I try to go through ethernet I get "imited or no connectivity"

I need to use the ethernet so I can get my Playstation 3 online

it doesnt work with the PC or PS3 so it isint a PC issue

A:cant connect with cable modem using ethernet cord

If it's not a PC issue then it must be a bad cable or bad ethernet on the modem.

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I have a Netgear DG834 wireless router which gives me wireless connection to the internet but I cannot connect by any of the ethernet ports. I get an icon saying I'm connected but no packet data is transferring. If I try to "repair" the network I get an error message saying Windows could not complete the repair as TCP/IP is not enabled is enabled when I click into the properties tab.

I don't know what other information would be useful to include. I'm running Windows XP pro with SP3 and as I say the wireless connection runs just fine (well 99% of the time).

Any ideas? Thanks in advance.

A:Solved: Wireless connection but no ethernet connection

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Cable Modem Model: SMC8014
Linksys (Cisco) Wireless Router Model: WRT400N

Cable Modem Info:
DHCP is ON with range of

Router Info:
Auto-configuration - DHCP
DHCP routing is OFF, assigning static IP's

I've done a lot of testing, some of these scenarios may seem weird so that's why.

1. When I turn DHCP on for the router and stop using static's, I get no conflicts between the modem and the router. But I thought with both attempting to assign IP's, that would create a conflict?

2. If I set the router's ip to, in an attempt to place it in the same subnet as the modem, then it breaks the connection between the modem and the router. One can't ping the other, I tried using each's onboard diagnositic utilities (ping). Yes (please don't ask) I did save the changes, reboot, etc etc. Am I missing something? What do I need to do to get these two guys on the same subnet and be able to communicate with each other, the internet, and the intranet?

3. On top of the above questions, I'm trying to use port forwarding on both the router and modem. I just need to know how to forward one port for one IP through the router and have it continue through the modem. I'm running a HTTP port checker to see if the port's open and it keeps coming back closed. I think this problem is related to #2 because the modem won't let me assign port fowarding schemes th... Read more

A:Solved: Multiple Questions. Cable Modem SMC8014 + Linksys Wireless WRT400N Router

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Appended below are the following log files:
0. ipconfig /all
1. TechGuy SysInfo Log
2. HijackThis Log
3. attach log from dds.scr (note: this program did not create a file named dds.txt.)
4. ark log from GMER
5. FSS log from Farbar
0. ipconfig /all
Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.
C:\Documents and Settings\Rick>ipconfig /all
Windows IP Configuration
Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : D68P4J71
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Intel(R) PRO/100 VE Network Connection
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-13-20-0A-20-81
Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration IP Address. . . :
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
1. Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 2, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz, x86 Family 15 Model 4 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 509 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) 82865G Graphics Controller, 96 Mb
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A:Windows XP 32 bit cannot access Internet via Ethernet cable to DSL modem.

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My computer is on Cable Wi Fi wireless network Bigpond. Netgear WG111v2 adapters are in two computers on this wireless system. It frequently loses connection and i have to keep repairing to get a connection and sometimes it won`t repair and i take out the power cable on the Netgear Modem (attached) for a short while and it will connect sometimes. I have heard that other devices such as mobile phones-cordless phones-microwaves etc., can take the signal away from the wireless connection. Is that correct and if so what to do??

A:Solved: Cable wireless connection

Download and run this Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector, paste a screen shot of the Network screen here. Note that this application requires NET Framework to run. If you get an error about a missing function, download and install NET Framework.
To post a screen shot of the active window, hold the Alt key and press the PrtScn key. Open the Windows PAINT application and Paste the screen shot. You can then use PAINT to trim to suit, and save it as a JPG format file. To upload it to the forum, open the full reply window and use the Manage Attachments button to upload it here.

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I am trying to get ride of my satellite modem with a cable modem. The satellite modem is actually on cards inside my Dell. Anyway, I have an the satellite modem, a WinXP, and a 98SE networking fine through a Kingston KWS800/WG switch. I simple unplug the RJ45 from the satellite modem and plug in the cable modem -- then things get nasty. The XP can surf the net through the cable modem but now cannot see (or find) the 98SE system. If I unplug the cable modem and wait a few moments, then the XP and 98SE are able to communicate.
Any ideas how to remedy this awful mess?

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I am having a strange problem connecting Wireless ADSL2+ modem to an 8-port D-Link DES1008D switch. If I connect the Wireless ADSL2+ modem to my 8-port switch with a short 1-meter long CAT5 cable, then it works well without any problem. No losses shown on ping (no losses even with 65500 packets, using ping l 65500 command). But if I use a long CAT5 cable of around 12 meters, then it does not connect at all. Light on the 8-port switch is not stable and it keeps on blinking and ping just totally fails. I tried changing cable too using CAT6 (assuming that first CAT5 cable may be defective) and then I even used another 8-port switch (one of same D-Link model and one other of Intex make) but no difference, same error. I also tried 4 different ADSL2+ modems (2 wired and 2 wireless) but same error on all of them.

Now strangely, if I connect the same Wireless ADSL2+ modem directly to my computer without any switch in-between using same cable, then it works. I even joined both the cables to make it a total of around 25-meter length, then also it worked without any losses. Means without switch, no length issues while connecting Wireless ADSL2+ modems to PC.

I tried using straight and crossover cables but same results. Switch is unmanaged so it is supposed to handle both types of cables but still I tried just to be sure.

Now one more thing, I replaced 8-port D-Link DES1008D switch with a 16-port D-Link DGS1016D switch, then it worked. So it means, that 8-port switches cannot... Read more

A:connecting adsl2+ modem to switch using a 12 meter long cable does not connect

The only thing that comes to mind is some fault in the specific switches you're using. Are these cables you fabricated, or commercial cables? I'd make SURE they're wired correctly.
CAT5 Cable Wiring Diagram


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I am trying to bridge my laptop's wireless connection with the on board ethernet.

I have a wireless router and my latptop connects to the network\internet using the wireless card.

What I would like to do is bridge the wireless connection with the on board lan so I can share the connection with my XBOX 360.

Right now I have a X-over cable connected between the XBOX and my laptop's ethernet port.

I use WIN XP Pro and simply selected the 2 connections and bridged them using WIN XP.

My laptop appears to be connected to the network as does the bridge both showing excellent strength.

1. I can't open a web browser on the laptop.
2. I can't sign in to XBOX Live from the XBOX.

So how do I get the XBOX to access the internet through my laptop's wireless connection?

After doing more research I found this thread:

I am getting the same thing as reported in post #22, with same exact IP 169.254.x.y

I had Zone Alarm installed at one time, but it was uninstalled about a month ago. Other than that I just have windows firewall on.

I can manually set the ip, subnew, etc for the bridge but then it won't connect, event if I use all settings from my wireless connection that does work.

A:Solved: Help bridging a wireless and ethernet connection in Win XP

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So I my laptop is upstairs and my At&t Uverse cable modem is downstairs and I believe there is some interference in the ceiling because although the signal always reads as "excellent" often times it seems to run a bit slower upstairs than when i bring it one floor down. I was wondering if connecting the laptop to the modem directly would be more helpful. (I already have a hidden wiring route that I made to run a hdmi cable from my tv downstairs to the laptop upstairs) I bought a 50ft cable cord and was wondering if all i need to do is plug it in or if i have to somehow program the connection so it knows to run through the cable instead of the wireless signal. I don't have a router either...not sure if id need one as they didn't provide one. Detailed help is much appreciated!

A:How do I set up a connection to a cable modem with a cable cord?

Just plug it in at both ends. It should work fine.

Once plugged in, it will take a few seconds to detect the new wired network and get an IP Address. After that you should be all set.

Edit: You can disable the Wireless if you want. There is either a switch on the laptop or a Fn+Fkey combination to do it.

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Hey all, i just baught a new aztech modem. I baught it because my old modem got fried. When i use this modem, and connect using the LAN wire, it doesnt detect anything. But when i use the USB cable, it detects the modem. Could it be because my lan card is fried as well? How can i check on this?

Thanks in advance

A:Problem connecting internet modem with computer using ethernet cable.

Other devices on the network are not supposed to be detected by Windows plug and play.

If you have configured your network adapter to obtain an IP address automatically, then your internet should Just Work.

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it was working before but it was running slow so i tried to fix it and i think i messed things up and it wont let me connect to xbox live it cant obtain an ip address please helpp

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I'm trying to help a friend connect her laptop directly to the cable modem. She already has it set up wirelessly through a Linksys BEFW11S4 router. Sometimes she wants to connect directly to the modem using the eithernet cable to bypass the router to eliminate the router as some possible connection problems. When the eithernet cable is pluged into the laptop there is no internet connection. Should I run the lan setup wizard? Does the cable modem need to be rebooted? She wants to be able to switch back and forth once in a while. Once it's setup will this be automatic or will she have to enable and disable the wireless and lan connections manualy? The lap top is a Dell Inspiron 600M running WinXP Pro.

If I run the setup wizard what should I look out for? Pleeeeease help. I'm lost

A:Solved: Wireless & direct cable connection on same pc

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I have an ethernet cable run in my house. What I need to figure out is if there is such thing an ethernet switch that does not require a power source. (or something that can get this situation resolved)

Here is my situation:
I have a cable ran to my basement, and have a bedroom directly above the basement that needs an ethernet run. It is not possible for me to run a completely new cable from the original starting point, so I was somehow hoping to use the cable going to the basement, put a head on it, put it into a switch/hub/splitter and run a cable out of it to the room directly above, and use the other cable coming out to stay in the basement.

Is there something that can do this for me? Is there a better way to do so? What would you suggest? Thanks!

UPDATE: Please refer to post #4 for more details.

A:Solved: Such thing as an Ethernet switch that doesn't need power? Question about ethernet run

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Currently I have internet connection via cable modem and usb connection to the modem.

I am trying to connect by using ethernet from modem to computer but although the adapter is enabled, I have a red cross through its symbol (xp) and an windows tells me that the network cable is unplugged although I can see that physically it is not.

Help welcomed.

A:switch to ethernet internet connection

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I have a long ethernet cable running to my bedroom from the router? can I put a switch on the end of this and then run 2 ethernet cables from the switch to my sky box and android box?

A:can I use a switch to spilt ethernet connection?


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I've been having internet issues on my HP Pavilion dv9000. The wired connection to my modem comes up as unidentified. This happens spontaneously, either while it's been working or upon log in. I want to fix this problem permanently, if possible. I've tried many solutions to no avail, but I'm thinking if I want this problem fixed, to run through them all again. Open to anything that's had any success rate regarding this problem. Thanks!
Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : LAPTOP-PC
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcast
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . :

Ethernet adapter VirtualBox Host-Only Network:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : VirtualBox Host-Only Ethernet Adapter
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 08-00-27-00-40-1A
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration IPv4 Address. . :
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled

Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection 2:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcom 802.11a/b/g WLAN
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-1A-73-AE-AB-7A
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . ... Read more

A:Solved: Vista: Ethernet connection unidentified, wireless works

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I have been searching for an answer for this one but hit a brick wall with it so I hope you can help.

I have just moved to a new flat and my broadband connection won't be up for another 8 weeks. I have a desktop pc and a sony vaio notebook with a wlan adapter. I have spoken to my neighbour above and he has a wlan connection, he's been kind enough to give me the WEP key to access this until mine is installed.

I have tried this on the laptop, I can access it fine from a couple of the rooms. However my main pc is my desktop and this only has LAN cards I have attempted to share the WLAN connection with my desktop using ICS however the router is configured on and Windows needs this IP to enable shared internet on the notebook. I can't really ask my neighbour to change this just so I can share the connection to my desktop.

I have managed to create a lan connnection between the two machines so I can RDP into the notebook to browse the web.

I need to know if there is a way I can configure the network connetions within xp to allow the connection to be shared and if not, If there is some kind of proxy application that will allow me to share the connection with my desktop, I have had a look at winproxy but it's all a bit over my head.

I know it would be much simpler to buy a WLAN card for my desktop but this is only temporary so I don't really want to spend the money on something I will never use again.

Can anyone help with this.

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A:Solved: Sharing laptop wireless connection with desktop via ethernet.

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Need to no if I have this right

they have a dsl modem going to a Linksys router to a 24 port switch then to a little 4 port switch. sure, so then Would it be modem to router then router to any port on the big switch or is there an uplink port on the big switch it should go to? then you would hook a cat5e from one of the regular ports on the 24 port switch and run it to the uplink port on the 4 port switch need to no if the whole sequence is right. Hope someone can help, john will told me the cable would go from the big switch to the uplink on the small switch but I am wondering if I have it all right or not and wonderiing about from the router to the 24 port switch does the cable just go in a regular port in the big switch or if there is an uplink port does it go there. Hope you can understand my rambleing here. Thanks (please don't send me to a link) just need to no modem to router to regular port or uplink port on 24 port switch then from regular port on 24 port switch to uplink port on the 4 port switch. Thanks

A:Solved: Windows xp hookup question for modem, router, switch, to switch?

Router to uplink port on 24 port switch, and then normal port on the 24 port switch to uplink port on the second 4 port switch. An auto-MDX port on a device negates the need to worry about uplink ports for that particular cable connection.

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