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3com wireless router help

Discussion in 'Networking' started by lubomir, Jun 18, 2006.

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  1. lubomir

    lubomir Thread Starter

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    hi all i was windering if you can give me some advice here,i bought a 3 com wirelss router and they gave me a USB thing instead of a network card,in the instructions its tells me to connect my home pc to the wireless router using a cable before i can set up my laptop for wireless,i didnt recieve any insdtructions for the wireless USB gadget so i dont know how to set it up,i could set it up if i had a network card in my home pc but im stuck on how to use the USB thing, any help would be most appreciated

    thamnks in advance,

    lubomir
     
  2. etaf

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    so your home PC does not have a netwrok card to connect to the router and you laptop does not have a network card -
    Its just much safer to setup routers using a cable rather than wireless

    whats the make and models of PC's so we can look at specs etc

    the wireless USB is quite straightforward to install

    i would however also download this program
    Free software to check signal strength of wireless is netstumbler 0.4.0 available for download from http://www.stumbler.net/

    so you will need to connect to the router to set it up first and thats th ecable bit

    whats the model of router - perhaps i can find a manual online to see the settigns required

    we can then take it a step at a time
     
  3. lubomir

    lubomir Thread Starter

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    the router is a 3com office connect adsl wireless 11g firewall router 3crwdr100a-72 3crwdr100b-72 3crwdr100u-72, the home computer is 256 mb memory 40gb hard disk and a pentium 3 processor, the laptop is a pentuim 4 512mb memory and 30gb hard disk, i dont have a network card for either,do you think i would be better of with a network card for the home pc .
     
  4. etaf

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    is the home Pc going to be near the router - if so yes
    but how old is the laptop - you did not give make and model - they have been comming with a network card for ages now

    on the laptop can you do the following
    start>
    control panel>
    system>
    hardware tab>
    device manager button>

    the goto network adapters

    post whats there -
    of you have anything like ethernet or 10/100 then thats all you probably need

    EDIT
    found the manual i think
    http://support.3com.com/infodeli/tools/wireless/3CRWDR100/DUA100A-72AAA02.pdf

    is this it
     
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