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Can't Connect To Internet Via Lan


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#1 rickx

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 08:16 PM

Hello, i have a DELL Inspiron 1525 and i tried to Connect to the Internet using the Cable Connection but nothing wont show up..
I have the Cable Connection From Earthlink, whenever i connect the Ethernet cable to my regular Desktop it works..is there anything special i have to do...i don't have a password or anything for the cable Connection..because i would just plug it in and it works''
How can i get this to work

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Posted 15 July 2008 - 11:00 PM

Leave the Ethernet cable plugged into the laptop.
Shut down the laptop.
Unplug the Cable Modem, count to ten.
Plug the Cable Modem back in, wait for the lights to go green.
Boot up the laptop.
You should be connected.

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Posted 16 July 2008 - 12:49 PM

Ok..Thanks Very Much..It worked...but whenever i need to connect back to desktop i have to do the same thing as i did with the laptop

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Posted 16 July 2008 - 02:07 PM

That is correct, you need to repeat the process each time. You might want to consider getting a router so that you can have one or both machines plugged in at all times. As well as give you the benefit of a hardware firewall.

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Posted 16 July 2008 - 08:10 PM

Just want to throw some info at you so you understand "why".
The cable modem provides an IP address based on your network cards
MAC address. When you remove the ethernet cable from the desktop and
plug it into the lappy the MAC address no longer matches. Rebooting both
devices clears the stored info and starts a new connection.
Take Animals advice and look into a router.

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