need help tapping my laptop wirelessly into dsl with Linksys wireless route

By kathyengel ·
I have dsl which my desktop is connected thru. I purchased a laptop last week that I would like to use in other rooms of the house and outside.
I purchased a Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G Broadband Router due to the recommendation of the FireDog Tech at a local store.
I have followed the "easy" set up disk very carefully, connecting as it instructed.
However when it gets to what I assume is the final steps, the set up on the laptop gives an error that the internet cannot be found.
Can anyone please tell me how to resolve this, advise if I have the incorrect router system.
Any help will be appreciated.

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few things needed

by .Martin. In reply to need help tapping my lapt ...

firstly i will assume that your laptop has built in wireless, or a wireless card attached.

1. what were the instructions for setting up the laptop to connect???
2. the error that came up, was it an internet explorer 'page can not be found' or was it something different

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your mac

by bipper9879 In reply to few things needed

in the linlsys there is an option for spoofing the mac of a computer. spoof the mac of the original computer and see what happens.
assuming you did not change the default IP's of the linksys the below should get you there.

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Here's a checklist for you

by nepenthe0 In reply to need help tapping my lapt ...

I assume you have configured the hardware correctly:

a) Ethernet cable from DSL modem to the input router port
b) Ethernet cable from the router to the desktop computer

Check the signal strength by hovering the mouse over the wireless network icon in the system tray. If the signal strength is low, that is the most likely reason.

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:

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

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

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

4) Enable SSID broadcast in your router setup

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

6) 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

7) 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

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

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

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

11) check for shielding (metal cabinets, etc)

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

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

14) 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.

15) 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.

16) Disable the Windows Wireless Zero Configuration (WZC) service: Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services > Wireless Zero Configuration .

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

17a) Disconnect the Ethernet cable from the DSL modem
17b) Boot the modem
17c) Boot the router
17d) Reconnect the router-modem Ethernet cable

1 Be sure the desktop Ethernet cable plugs in to the router. Double check the router port, because the 1st port on some routers is dedicated to a special function (and I'm not quite clear about why this is so).

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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Who is your DSL provider?

by robo_dev In reply to need help tapping my lapt ...

What make/model DSL modem/router do you have?

There are two ways to setup DSL.

1) The DSL modem is configured as a bridge, and the login to the DSL service is being performed by the router (this is the preferred way).

2) The DSL modem is configured as a router/firewall, and it performs the login. In this case, adding a secondary router/firewall to an existing router/firewall gets a little bit more tricky.

The second configuration can confuse tech people, becuase sometimes even those tiny alcatel 'modems' are actually single-port firewall/routers.....

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