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DSL to Cable--How to set up wireless connections

By kelmhorst ·
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We Recently switched from DSL to cable. The Cable company supplied an RCA digital broadband modem model DCM425 since our motorola modem had been deleted from their system, and we have a Westell Versalink Model 327W wireless router. I have tried every configuration for plugging in the cables to the computer/router/modem and lose connectivity on the primary pc when I do so. Could someone please send me a step by step method to do this, and then tell me how to set up the wireless connections for our laptops? I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks

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by nepenthe0 In reply to DSL to Cable--How to set ...

1) The coaxial cable connects to the cable modem.

2) Run an Ethernet cable from the modem to your NAT (Network Address Translation) router.

3) Run an Ethernet cable from the output router port to your desktop computer. You might wish to skip the 1st output port, because it may be assigned a special function (check your router manual carefully for this).

4) Check the signal strength by hovering the mouse over the wireless network icon in the system tray.

Wi-Fi is short range 2.4GHz radio, essentially worthless beyond 150 feet from the access point. Here are some tips that may help reduce dropped connections:

5) A vertical booster antenna for the router can enhance horizontal coverage by ~50%

6) If the router is located one floor up or down from the laptop, consider relocating the router to the same floor

7) If the wireless adapters are 802.11g, program the router to broadcast only in G mode

Enable SSID broadcast in your router setup

9) WPA encryption is more squirrely than WEP, but WEP is less secure

10) How important is encryption for you? If there are no likely snoopers within 150 feet, consider disabling encryption. With encryption disabled, connection is faster, data transmission faster, and there are fewer dropped connections

11) If you disable encryption, it would be wise to enable the MAC address filter in the router setup. Enter the MAC addresses of the wireless adapters, and the native MAC network card addresses of any desktop computers

12) If you disable encryption and enable MAC address filtration, periodically check for intruders. With Linksys, open the router setup, and navigate:

Status > Local Network > DHCP Client Table

The only MAC addresses posted on that table should be your own equipment. Any other MAC address is an intruder, and you can banish that person by adding that MAC address to the naughty list:

Wireless > Wireless MAC Filter > Prevent PCs listed below from accessing the wireless network

13) check for 2.4GHz radiofrequency interference near the laptops (cordless telephone base stations)

14) check for RF interference (fans, motors, hard drives, etc.)

15) check for shielding (metal cabinets, etc)

16) If still no connection, try disabling the proprietary driver and enabling the default Windows wireless chip driver.

17) Configure the router to automatically obtain IP address from DHCP.

1 Look for a strong signal (>50% signal strength) from a channel close to the router's assigned channel. There should be 5 channels between such signals to avoid interference due to bandwidth issues. For example, if you see a strong signal broadcast on channel 6, program the router to broadcast on channel 1 or channel 11.

19) Check your laptop power management. Is there a timeout for the wireless adapter? If so, configure your power management so that the wireless LAN is always enabled and powered.

20) If you have a proprietary wireless chip driver installed, disable the Windows Wireless Zero Configuration (WZC) service: Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services > Wireless Zero Configuration .

21) You may have to do some acrobatics to get everything stable once properly configured. This is the sequence that has worked for me:

21a) Disconnect the Ethernet cable from the cable modem
21b) Boot the modem
21c) Boot the router
21d) Reconnect the router-modem Ethernet cable

22) When nothing else works, check the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

http://tinyurl.com/msqye

23) When Microsoft can't fix it, consider Network Magic:

http://tinyurl.com/66x5cn

That about exhausts my suggestions. You may legitimately need encryption, but be aware that there is a penalty to pay for the complexities of this technology. If there are no likely snoopers within range of your access point, and you utilize MAC address filtration, and you are not overly concerned about the sensitivity of the wirelessly transmitted communication, your wireless connection will be more predictably successful by disabling encryption.

Rick/Portland, OR

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