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Setting up direct ethernet to wireless router

Discussion in 'Networking' started by jldjs, Oct 29, 2004.

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  1. jldjs

    jldjs Thread Starter

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    I need to connect my W98 SE PC to my wireless router via ethernet cable so I can change the router's settings. I have never used the ethernet adapter on the this PC. DO I have to install any software first? I have been accessing the router via a wireless adapter. Could it be (I hope) as simple as plugging in the wire between the PC and one of the 4 router ports? Does the router signal the PC or will I need to reboot?
    Sorry for the "dumb" questions but I know I always get good advice from you guys, and learn in the process.
     
  2. Rockn

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    If you can access the router via wireless you can configure it from there as well.
     
  3. jldjs

    jldjs Thread Starter

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    I tried but if I change the router to enable WEP or MAC filtering and then logoff from the router, I lose my wireless connections immediately, at least on XP. Are you suggesting that I could continue by changing the wireless adapter's properties for WEP key and force a re-connect that the router would grant? As for MAC filtering, I would hope that would be automatic if I entered the right MAC address for the wireless adapters. What if I couldn't get re-connected? I'm concerned I'd then be up the "creek" so to speak without the old "paddle". Someone else on this fou\rum said I should not be changing the routers setup via wireless, but do so wired. That's why I posed my initial questions since I've never used wired access.
     
  4. JohnWill

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    You should always have a wired connection to the router for configuration, you've just described why it's necessary. :D If you change the encryption key or encryption method, you're locked out. If you do something wrong, or mis-type the information, you can no longer connect without a cable.

    If you read the manual with most routers, they usually mention that you should only configure over a wired connection for that reason.
     
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