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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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iscanut2

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If you have an ethernet connection, then you can still use the router by use of the ethernet cable, or buy a USB wireless dongle if you want to use the pc wirelessly.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nbsbssi0_19?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=usb+wireless+dongle&sprefix=usb+wireless+dongle

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iscanut2

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Sorry rubbish link..Have a look at Amazon and type in USB Wireless dongle in search box..Hope that helps.

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thumbscrew

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Yes, thanks iscanut, I'm all set up using the ethernet, just posted a disconnection problem.

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spuds

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thumbscrew

If you get stuck, you should be able to find the router installation instructions in TalkTalk's broadband support. If that fails, then contact TalkTalk support by telephone, and they will talk you through the way to set up your router (setting up will take about 10 minutes?).

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thumbscrew

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yes thanks spuds, I'm actually set up but trying to find out if it cut out because of an internet idle shutdown or not. I lost the internet once when it was on and on the two occasions I've turned the computer off, the Router internet light went off after about 30 minutes....any ideas?

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lotvic

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Re: losing connection

It's probably timing out when idle, you need to 'nailup' Idle Time Out to always on ClickHere

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thumbscrew

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Thanks lotvic...spot on, went through your link and found that it's set to disconnect after 30 minutes when idle. Left it at that because I don't see the point of it being on when the machine's shut down.It did however disconnect once yesterday when in use, so I'll watch it closely today.

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lotvic

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No, you need to set it to 'always on' because router will reconnect anyway and the way it is 'trained' at the other end's equipment is to give you a lower speed if it thinks connection (your line quality) does not hold.

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Ian in Northampton

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Lotvic's right: there is absolutely no good reason to be anything other than 'always on'. In fact, I'm amazed that the default on your router seems to be to disconnect after 30 minutes - I can think of no reason why that's a good idea, other than, perhaps, TT doing everything it can to minimise over head on its servers.

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thumbscrew

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Thanks again guys and set to "Always on". Been playing around with it though and am I correct in saying that even if it's only set for a minute or two,it won't cut out if you're doing anything on the computer, or even if you've got a web page or Outlook Express on screen, despite not actually using it?

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