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Connecting wired instead of wireless

Discussion in 'Networking' started by gophersnake, Apr 9, 2015.

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  1. gophersnake

    gophersnake Thread Starter

    Mar 5, 2006
    My neighbor and I both connect to the Internet over her wifi network. Usually everything works fine. Once in a while something goes wrong with the wireless router and we need to troubleshoot it. My neighbor just plugs her laptop into the cable modem with an Ethernet cable. If she gets online that way, it means the cable service and modem are fine and we need to look to the wifi router.

    I had occasion to try the same thing recently, using my laptop with the Ethernet cable. I wasn't able to figure out how to make my laptop (running Windows 7) recognize the internet connection. My neighbor's laptop is an Apple so hardly anything is the same.

    Whenever the wifi was working, my laptop would find it and connect to it more or less automatically. When the wifi router was down, even with the Ethernet cable plugged into the cable modem, my laptop couldn't seem to find anything available to connect to. I got sidetracked for quite a while trying to use the "Broadband Connection" option but by now I'm pretty sure that wasn't the right one for this situation. It always prompts me for a username and password but as far as I know, our ISP doesn't use usernames and passwords. Our cable modem identifies itself to the ISP (by giving its MAC number or something), the ISP authenticates it, and we're good to go. The wifi router does require network names and passwords but my understanding is that our ISP doesn't know or care about those.

    I suspect I need to use my laptop to create a network, make the cable modem part of that network, and then just access the Internet through the network. Before I start studying exactly how to create a network, I just want to know if I'm on the right track.
  2. etaf

    etaf Moderator

    Oct 2, 2003
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    its against the ISP rules to share internet between premises

    see the rules here

    even with permission your neighbour is breaking her agreement with the ISP

    and we do not provide support under this circumstances
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