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Want to connect laptop directly to wired desktop

Discussion in 'Networking' started by HollyG, Oct 14, 2008.

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  1. HollyG

    HollyG Thread Starter

    Apr 18, 2004
    l'm pet sitting for a friend and using their desktop. However, I wanted to use my laptop over a safe internet connection for just a couple of hours. I unplugged the ethernet cable from his desktop and connected to my laptop but I could not get a connection. I unplugged the modem, and disconnected the ethernet cable, then connected them again, restarted my laptop, a couple of times, and still nothing. It tells me there is limited or no connectivity.
    The Modem is an Arris Touchstone Telephony Modem Model TM502G
    (There are no phones connected to it.)
    My laptop:
    DELL Inspiron E1405
    Broadcom 440x 10/100 Integrated Controller
    1394 Net Adapter
    Not sure what other info you need.
    I don't want to change anything on the modem, because I don't want to mess up his internet connection and not be able to connect his system again. He would kill me when he gets home. He is obsessed with WOW. LOL
  2. TerryNet

    TerryNet Moderator

    Mar 23, 2005
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    It is necessary to power cycle (unplug for 30 seconds or so) the modem when switching the device connected to it. Since this modem's specs say it has battery backup you'll have to also remove the battery unless the unit has some kind of reset button (I didn't look for instructions, just the specs). If this does not solve the problem ...

    Please show for your laptop's attempted connection and for the desktop with a successful connection ...

    Start, Run, CMD, OK to open a command prompt:
    (For Vista type CMD in the Search box after Start)

    Type the following command:


    [Note that there is no space between the slash and ALL.]

    Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter.
    Paste the results in a message here.

    If necessary use a text file and removable media to copy the results to a computer with internet access.
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