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Connecting a wireless Router


thumbscrew

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I've had a computer for a few years, always using a USB Modem. I've persuaded my ISP to give me a Wireless Router and it's on its way. I'd be extremely grateful if anyone could give me a simple breakdown of connection information. I'm on XP, use a tower not a laptop and, even though I'm on broadband (Talk Talk), I have to click an on screen connection box that appears after boot up, to connect the broadband.Also, when the Router is up and running, will I still get the aforementiond connection box and do I unplug and remove the old Modem or will the Router override it? Thanks.

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Ian in Northampton

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Yes, that confirms you have the necessary Ethernet port. Yes, although they call it a wireless router, it will also have (probably four) ports for a wired connection. In the short term, that may be the way to go and see how you get on. Changing your connection subsequently to wireless will be easy-peasy. It's certainly not major technical work, but the work of - literally - minutes. Trust me, this is gonna be easy - let TT send you the router.

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thumbscrew

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Thanks so much to all of you, you've filled me with confidence and I'll repost when I hear from TT.

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thumbscrew

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Received the Router today and connected it...it's a D-Link DSL 2680. Everything's working well so far...no disconnections yet! One question if I may, the internet light is permanently green as it should be, but I've noticed it flashes/flickers from time to time, which doesn't affect the connection. Can anyone tell me if this is normal please?

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thumbscrew

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Ps,I've connected it via the Ethernet cable, not wirelessly.

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onthelimit1

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The flashing just means data is being transfered - quite normal.

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Ian in Northampton

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Thummbscrew: at the risk of being flippant - it could be turning pink, blue and yellow - and so long as the connection remains solid, I wouldn't worry about it... :-)

Now: when are you going to get that wireless dongle??

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thumbscrew

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Hiya again guys......I spoke too soon, just lost the connection! Off for a few minutes then it came back on again??

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Woolwell

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I don't want to complicate things but I haven't seen anything about securing the wireless part. Even connected by cable it is most likely transmitting. However D link routers have a good wizard and if that was followed then all should be ok.

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thumbscrew

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Greetings Woolwell, followed all the instructions in the set-up book, didn't use the cd as the accompanying letter said use one or the other...nothing in there about securing wireless.

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Woolwell

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I think I'll leave it to the others to talk you through checking that it is secure.

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