Posted 09 January 2006 - 04:07 AM
Dealing with basic concepts here - when it was just your PC and the DSL modem your ISP gave you all these configuration details (or maybe they were on an install program) to configure your network card to talk to the DSL modem. Now you want to change from 1 PC to a network it is the Linksys router which must be set-up with the same settings as were on your PC
so it talks to the DSL modem. Your PCs must be changed to make a home network (or LAN) either by wireless or by wired connection.
Choose an network name (the SSID) and an encryption passphrase. Follow instructions in the Linksys manual to configure wireless networking with that SSID and encryption key. Enable DHCP.
Write down the SSID and passphrase/key you use!
Now configure the wireless laptop with the exact same SSID (it may be found automatically) and encryption key. Set the IP and DNS to be found automatically, set a workgroup name, enable file and printer sharing and reboot. Disable any firewalls the laptop may have for now. You should have internet access on the laptop.
If the desktop is to be wireless connected repeat the process. Otherwise set the IPAddress and DNS address to automatic on the ethernet card, set the workgroup the same as the laptops, enable file and printer sharing, turn off the firewall and connect your desktop to the routers LAN port with a standard patch cable. You should have internet access on the desktop and be able to access any shared resources on the laptop.
When everything is working correctly enable the firewalls - you should add your network address range to the firewall "Trusted Zone" then your network should continue to work properly.
Edited by Rimmer, 09 January 2006 - 04:14 AM.
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