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Configuring a wired office network

Q: Configuring a wired office network

The complexity/messiness of my office network is getting out of hand and I'm planning to rip it out and start from scratch. I've got about 35 wired devices spread over 8 rooms, plus a couple on wifi. Internet is from a BT fibre and a BT business hub. At the moment a single router port goes into a 16 port gigabit switch, which then runs off to other switches in different rooms. I've also got a couple of machines acting as file servers.

I've got an accounts department that has a lot of heavy traffic internally, so I need to make sure that their internal traffic doesn't slow down the network as a whole. But they still need to also access the same shared files as everyone else.

Also, it would be great to support a guest wifi login, that allows internet access, but doesn't allow access to other devices on the network.

So, to configure:
Should I run all wired devices back to a single 48 port switch? Or run to a separate switch for each room?
Should I use 4 separate switches, one for each pair of rooms, each running into one the router's ports? (Would this allow greater concurrency?)
How would I separate the accounts department's heavy traffic from the rest of the building's network traffic, while still allowing file sharing?


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A: Configuring a wired office network

Do you have a closet or central location where you can locate all the IT equipment?

Personally, I would identify a closet/room to have house the IT equipment. Spend the money to have drops installed in the wall in the various rooms and then have all the cabling pulled back to this central closet/room and terminated into a patch panel. This would necessitate at a minimum a wall rack installed. At each location where you want a network drop installed, I would have at least two Ethernet jacks per drop.

I would use a single 48 port switch that has stacking capability. If you out grow the number of ports on the 48 port switch, you can add another switch to the 48 port you have now and have it act like one big switch.

Guest WiFi isn't a problem with a business class access point. I would look into products from Aerohive, Ubiquiti, Aruba Networks, or Meraki. These devices have a captive portal feature much like what you see in hotel settings.

As far as the account department's heavy traffic, what do you mean heavy traffic? What type of protocol/traffic are we talking about here? Your network doesn't appear to pose a large strain on any current switch. Other than isolating the accounting department for possible network usage, is there any other reason why you would want to isolate their equipment from the rest of the corporate network?

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Hi, I set up connection to 2 of my pc's through a wired connection to my router. How do I set up the PC portion of it so I have a network? Both pc's are using windows 10 pro. I havent done this since windows 98 so its been a while. Any positive help is appreciated.


A:configuring a wired network

If you have two (or more) devices connected to the same router they are already on the same network.

With Windows 10 then you can try to use a Homegroup or you can enable file and printer sharing. I think that enabling file and printer sharing is similar to the following (I can check later if this doesn't work) ...

Short description for Windows 7 and 8/8.1 file and printer sharing:

Go into the Network and Sharing Center from the Control Panel or from the Network icon in the Notification Area. Your network must be designated 'Private' (or 'Home' or 'Work'). Click on Change advanced sharing settings. In the Private or Home or Work section you can configure File and printer sharing, Public folder sharing, and Password protected sharing.

You may want to change the Workgroup name. To check it or change it right click on "Computer" and select "Properties."

You must uninstall or properly configure any non-windows firewall (security suite).

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Okay so to start off the configuration at my office was DSL modem-wireless router-switch- 6 computers.
One computer could connect to the internet and the rest couldn't however every computer could get to one another over the network. We got a new DSL modem that has the wireless router built in. I disconnected the old wireless router and modem and connected the new modem/router combo. Now the one computer that could get to the internet can no longer do so unless I go in and auto configure for IP and DNS. This poses a problem because when I do so that computer can no longer connect to any other computer on the network. What do I need to do to straighten this out? We would like to still only have that one machine connect to the internet. I could have all the machines on the network auto configure but then they would all be able to connect to the internet, right? Thanks in advance for any help it is appreciated.

A:Solved: help configuring network at office.

The easiest solution might be to change the router's LAN address to match the previous router/existing static IP address assignments already set on all the PC's and then re-setup the static IP on the one that needs to access the internet correctly(as previously set).

I assume what is happening is that the new router is handing out addresses in a different range which doesn't correspond to the addresses already set on all the PC's. I also assume you are preventing internet access on the rest of the PC's by not entering DNS or Gateway addresses?

An alternate method, and there's actually several, is to enable filtering on the router to prevent internet access, most routers have some form of access control or internet restriction options these days. In that scenario you could switch to automatic IP assignments.

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Ahead of a small library email migration to our own email (hosted by MS Office 365 + network domain), I am experimenting with importing pst files. Some users have Windows 8, some Windows 7. Most users will access email through the Office 365 web portal but for users with their own desktop setups it would be nice to configure their email at their own computers. Testing revealed, no surprise, a problem with Windows 8. I configured my own Outlook with 365 email after logging in to network. Emails came in. Great. Logged out of the network, logged in as another employee, tried to repeat the process and ran headlong into the "Switch to a Microsoft account on this PC." I don't want to do this.

The reason I logged in as another user is I will be responsible for importing pst files from the old email service hosted by a larger library system of which we are a part. My understanding is to do this I need a desktop install of Outlook (not available through the web app).

Question: Is there a way around the Switch to a Microsoft Account bit because now I can't even get back to my own Outlook email that was successful in the beginning??

I hope I provided a good enough explanation. I appreciate the collective wisdom here. Thanks!

A:Configuring Outlook on small network with Office 365 email

Oy! Realized I was using the stupid app from Metro Start screen. Using the Outlook under Programs area of Apps worked a treat. YAY.

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Hello, I am the son of the owners of a small town newspaper, and am the normal computer technician for the office. There was recently a major computer failure, someone brought in a virus on a flash drive, and the virus scanner did not catch it in time, the machines were running Windows XP. When the virus was removed, it took a chunk of windows with it, and the computers refused to boot.
I asked my parents (who are the owners of the paper) if they wanted to try it out with windows 7, that way the UAC should catch any future viruses before they have a chance to embed themselves into the OS, or delay it until AVG can scan the device and delete it. Anyway, they said they wanted to try it, but I am having a very hard time setting it up. The network fails when I first turn on the machine, this includes Internet and networking with the three machines that are there. One machine is running 32 bit windows 7 while the other two are running 64 bit. I have to pull the Ethernet cord out of the 64 bit machines and put it in a different slot on the router to get it to connect, but the older 32 bit one works fine.
I am suspecting the router, when the troubleshoot feature works, it says "Invalid IP address" other times it doesn't work at all. Once the network is up and running, it works fine all day, until it needs to be restarted. Also, I run the computers without passwords when they start up, so when I tried to connect to the network as a "Work" Connection, I had no ... Read more

A:Need help with wired network failure in small office

There might be something of value in this article: Networking home computers running different versions of Windows

Also, make sure your drivers are up to date.

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I have one HP Desktop that decided one day it doesnt want to connect to the internet.

On the network we have two HP desktops (wired), one Dell desktop (wired) and 2 dell laptops (wireless) all connected to a wireless D-Link DIR 655 router . All computers are running Windows XP. All are able to connect to the internet except one HP desktop (only recently).

I have tried connecting the HP desktop in question to the wireless router via a different cable and still no connectivity. I tried disabling and renabling the internet/repairing it to no avail. I've restarted the wireless router and modem. Nothing. I've even tried restarting the computer (who knows it's solved problems before).

I've read some other posts but not knowledgeable enough to follow the tech talk. Hopefully someone can help me and explain it in a more simpler way.


A:Solved: No Connectivity to Wired Desktop on Office Network

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Ok my office ordered a few new desktop to replace some really crappy computers. All the new computers have windows XP pro on them. My question is what is the best way to set up a network?

This is how it works here.. there is a server that holds all the offices data. All the computers have to be connected to that server but not necessarily to each other. Once logged in to any network computer the person should be able to access the server without typing in any username/password.

However, I need to set it up so that users can access the server from a remote address (home for example), yet if they do so it should require a username/password.

I'm not sure how the internet is currently set up, but would this require a static IP address? (I think we already have this).

Also, i've always wondered this.. what is the difference between "WORKGROUP" and "DOMAIN" .

Appreciate any advice.. thanks.

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I installed office 2007 (full install after uninstall of office 2003) on vista yesterday and every time I open an office product, it gives me a message ?please wait while Windows configures Microsoft Office professional 2007?. Then it pops a window with a status bar for ?Configuration Progress?.

I looked this up online and it said that this was caused by installing as a user, not an administrator. So I uninstalled office entirely, booted, and reinstalled as administrator.

Still doing the same thing. Anyone have any ideas?

A:office 2007 configuring every time I open an office app on vista

that behaviour it's from all office versions till now, i didn't see that in 2007, create a new user and see if it does the same, generally office firt starts do that to configure the profile, if it works just backup our profile and make a new one for you


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Hi,i have a wired router at home.I bought a Tp link Tl-wa701nd wireless N accesspoint device,How can i set it up as an accessppoint.

Thank you

A:Configuring an wireless access point with a wired router.

I guess first of all you take the manual/User Guide out the box and read it, if you don't have one you can get the User Guide off the TP-Link website here. It will tell you exactly what you need to do to set it up.

My guess is that it will probably create its own wireless hotspot to begin with which you can connect to (settings usually on the label on the underside of the unit) and the manual will tell you the IP address you need to type in to configure it. TP-Link also provide a simulator for that model so you can mess around with all the settings first before you do it for real on your own unit.

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I have a problem installing MS Office Professional 2007.

Here are the details:
1. HP dv4-4141us laptop computer
2. Running Windows 7
3. I bought and downloaded Microsoft Office Professional 2007. Includes Access, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint, Publisher, Word --- all 2007 versions
4. The software downloaded alright.
5. When I then clicked on MS Office Excel 2007 in "All Programs", it started configuring it.
6. After configuration was done, Setup window popped up, "In order to complete setup, a system reboot is necessary. Would you like to reboot now?"
7. I clicked on Yes, and a window opened up saying: "1 program still needs to close: Waiting for Microsoft Office Professional 2007. This program is preventing Windows from restarting." The options were "Force Restart" or "Cancel".
8. I then clicked on "Cancel" and the following error message popped up:
"Error 1719: The Windows Installer Service could not be accessed. This can occur if the Windows Installer is not correctly installed. Contact your support personnel for assistance."
9. I then clicked on "OK" and got another message:
"MS Office Excel 2007 has not been installed for the current user. Please run setup to install the application."
10. I then clicked on "OK" and the message went away.
11. When I then clicked on "MS Office Excel 2007" in 'All Programs', it started to configure the software again a... Read more

A:Problem installing downloaded MS Office Professional 2007ce couldn't be accessed while configuring MS Office Professional 2007

Installation of MS Office 2007 or MS Office 2010 does not require a system reboot. Where did you "download" this from?

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I have used Office without any hassle for several years in Win7, but recently I re-arranged the content of the hard drive so that downloads would go into a separate partition. Since then, when I want to open a WORD or EXCEL file, there is minutes of delay while Office 'configures' itself. How can I restore proper functioning ?

A:Office 2007 keeps configuring itself over and again

If you installed Microsoft Office from a file on a HDD, and then moved that file, and then Office needs to update, it looks for the original .MSI install file to continue with the update. If you Reinstall Office from it's current location and it won't have that problem again.

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I have used Office without any hassle for several years in Win7, but recently I re-arranged the content of the hard drive so that downloads would go into a separate partition. Since then, when I want to open a WORD or EXCEL file, there is minutes of delay while Office 'configures' itself. How can I restore proper functioning ?

A:Office 2007 keeps configuring itself over and again

The thread in the following link might help and is worth a look through:
Microsoft office 2007 configures everytime I start it - Microsoft Community

This quote is from answer number 4:

1. Go to the folder where the "setup.exe" file is. It'll be in either "Program files" or "Program Files (x86)

2. Keep going until you get to the OFFICE12 folder, and you'll eventually find the "setup.exe" file.

(This would probably work for Office 2010 if the same issue exists there too (but in the OFFICE14 folder).
You've already installed the program, and hopefully have the original zip file you downloaded or the original CD, so the worst that can happen here is a re-install, and it already doesn't work properly, so there's no down side here. If you need to, make a copy of your original download file. Plus, you've already used the setup file; you don't need it to run any of the Office programs.)

3. Rename the "setup.exe" file "setup.old." That's it. I almost fell over when I opened Word and Excel without waiting.

Please let us know how you get on.

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Hi. I have no more ideas on what to try next. Any help greatly appreciated.My laptop is running Windows 7 Professional 32bit and is fully patched. The Ethernet adapter (Marvell Yukon 88E8055) is enabled and the wireless adapter (Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG) disabled (via software and the hardware switch). Symantec Endpoint Protection provides AV/security (via group policy). It is highly likely the problem was self inflicted and not caused by a virus / malware.I use the cisco VPN client and wanted to upgrade it (a reinstall may have been sufficient but as I was going to the bother I thought I would upgrade) as I was having some annoying timeouts when using the client immediately after logging into my desktop.I started by removing the existing (old version During the removal the screen went black and the laptop was not responding; ie I couldnt get the screen to wake up. I ended up powering off by holding the power button for 5 secs. On reboot, it appeared that the old vpnclient ( had been removed and everything else was functioning as normal. So I tried to install the new version ( vpn setup program gets as far as "Installing Network Components" and produces error "Error 27854. The network configuration lock is held by another application. Close all applications and run Setup again. If this message re-appears after closing all applications, reboot then re-try the install (the application holding the install lock may... Read more

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Having uninstalled Office 2007 on my Windows Vista 64-bit machine, I have been trying without success to install Office 2010 Pro 32-bit. Installation presents no difficulty but upon opening any of the programs within the suite, the installation screen appears to setup again followed by Office wanting to configure itself. This is very frustrating when you want to open a program quickly and until these screens finish upon opening Outlook, it refuses to send or receive. This continues again and again after each program closure and restarting.

Interestingly by cancelling them out by clicking "x", they do cancel leaving the program ready to use - but this shouldn't be necessary.

I believe this is a registry problem associated with the previous installation of Office 2007. I have uninstalled Office 2010 many times now, used Microsoft Fixit to clear all the previous traces of Office 2010 after uninstalling (even tried using the version for Office 2007, but it refuses to work saying that it's not compatible with my operating system!) and tried to clear all traces of "Office" from the registry, rebooting each time and then trying to reinstall Office 2010.

The same problem ensues.

Again interestingly installation always remembers my settings and data files for Outlook - proving that there is still something in the system before installing as otherwise how does it rember these and of course the whereabouts in my system of the .pst files, which are not in... Read more

A:Office 2010 Always Configuring on Opening an Application


From MS, for Vista and office
How do I uninstall Office 2003, Office 2007 or Office 2010 suites if I cannot uninstall it from Control Panel?

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Hi all,

I installed MS Office 2007 professional edition, and everytime I try to run any of the programs, it goes thru the configuring process which often takes a few minutes to open the program.

Is there a way to solve this?

All help appreciated.

A:Everytime opening MS Office, goes thru configuring process

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i have windows 7 and i installed virtual box (ubuntu) to do this.

i want to have two linux gateways and those two machines should either have the same NAT or public routable ip address.
basically i want to install openswan and configure the ipsec. in order to do this i need two linux gateways.

can anyone guide me how to setup two linux gateways to do this??

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I am having the problem  for a particular user. For other users there are no problems. It is always configuring continuing for almost 5 to minutes. There is no updates pending or updates enabled.
    I stopped the updates for it gives some problem in accessing the files or its tabs.
           Even this user could use all the features, but this annoying feature is always there. Windows installer starts configuring ms office. All sorts of tricks by microsoft on this regard have been tried but not solved.  i deleted the user account and copied  the old files to the new user, this problem stops but the software i downloaded free from GOTD becomes trial versions, as most of them were user specific
             Can i stop ose.exe service. office source engine? Will it solve the problems. Pl advise to rid of this problem . experts ideas are always there in this site..

A:windows configuring ms office appears at evey start up for a particular user

Possible file corruption in Office...have you tried uninstalling it, reinstalling it?

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After days of struggle with this annoying problem, I found the solution on this thread:

Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Plus configures each time you start

method 2

let me fix it myself

Have a nice day

A:THE REAL SOLUTION! configuring microsoft office professional plus 2010

Very good to know, emohamad. Rep+ to you.

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I need to start by saying I only have a patchy knowledge of networking.

I have been involved in the Networking of a museum with a set of "Show" computers which display video, and for this reason cannot have anti virus installed becuase of the performace hit, and also the risk of pop-ups on the videos. They do however need to be connected to the internet as some are interactive and allow people to send simple emails, and they all need to allow remote support when things go wrong.

It seems the networking was not thought out very well initially, and there is a single wireless router which serves the staff and public on a secured wireless network, but also serves the "Show" machines via a wired connection from one of its ports, which then connects to a master switch which serves the show machines.

Now the wired and wireless is on the same network, and everything shares the same IP subnet (192.168.1.xxx), and this is not a good situation in terms of the securuty of the show machines on the wired network. So I need to work out a way to totally separate the wireless network (which will be very prone to people opening viruses in their emails etc), from the wired network (which will be the show machines which wont be touched by anyone).

I want to achieve this in the simplest and easiest way, and have been reading about the possibility of setting up a second wired router behind the current wireless one, with a different subnet IP address, to which the &q... Read more

A:Creating a secure wired network alongside a wireless network

That's the standard way to protect one set of machines from another, while allowing all to use the same internet access. The reason it works is the NAT layer on the second router--it protects its LAN from the other machines the same way it protects from the big scary internet.

If you are using Windows on the "show" machines try Microsoft Security Essentials. It should not adversely impact performance.

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I am trying to add a new network-ready printer (Brother MFC-7820N) to my existing wireless network. The printer is connected to a LAN port on the back of a wireless router.

The pre-existing wireless network consists of a Linksys BEFW11S4 wireless router, a wired Windows XP Home desktop and a wireless Windows XP Home laptop. The network has MAC address filtering and WEP security enabled.

I turned off both MAC and WEP security when installing the printer, and the wired desktop was able to detect the printer after going through "add network printer".

I got the printer's MAC address from the printer test page and added that to the router and turned the MAC filtering back on, and still ok: I was able to detect the printer from the wired desktop and print.

I then turned on the WEP security, and suddenly the wired desktop no longer detects the printer (tried pinging printer's IP address). If I turn off WEP, the desktop again recognizes the printer.

I'm not sure why WEP is affecting communication between two components that are both wired into the router. I haven't even tried to get the wireless laptop to communicate with the printer yet, since I can't even get the wired desktop fully working first. I don't want to disable WEP security, so that is not an option. Brother support says its an issue with the router. Is there some setting I need to change on the router? Alternatively, I think if I got a wireless print server and entered the WEP... Read more

A:Solved: WEP security with wired network printer on wireless network

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I've got a regular desktop pc and a laptop. Both are running Windows 7.

If both machines are wired, file and printer sharing works like expected. If the laptop is on the wireless, things go sour...

The machines don't see each other, I can't ping the laptop from the desktop or vice versa. Strangely enough, if I ping the desktop from the laptop by IP address the desktop will reply. At that point the desktop will see the laptop too and sharing (file, printer & media) works fine. But if the connection is idle for a couple of minutes they won't see each other anymore.

I've tried all kinds of things: disabled IPv6 on both, reconfigured file and printer sharing, disabled the firewalls on both. But none of these changes have had any effect whatsoever. I have also tried to give everything the same name (SSID, workgroup and network name on the desktop) but that had no effect either.

More info:
- Wired and wireless clients are on the same subnet.
- The router is a Linksys WRT-350N
- AP isolation is disabled
- uPnP is enabled on the router

Does anyone have any clue how to fix this?

A:Solved: wired-wired file sharing works, wired-wireless doesn't

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My computer is a 32 bit, Win7 SP1 with Pentium Dual Core 2.6 Ghz and 2Gb of Ram on a wired network. My wife has a similar system using a wireless network. She can ping my IP Address, but I cannot ping hers.

We both have full access to the Internet. We are using the same workgroup, and both computers have file and printer sharing enabled and IPv6 addresses and DNS server addresses selected automatically.

The problem appears to be with my computer, but I don't know how to solve it. Please help.

Here are my system stats:

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 32 bit
Processor: Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU E5300 @ 2.60GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2013 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) G41 Express Chipset, 782 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 76308 MB, Free - 49226 MB; D: Total - 286167 MB, Free - 52893 MB; M: Total - 38154 MB, Free - 7 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC., P5G41-M LE
Antivirus: Microsoft Security Essentials, Updated and Enabled

A:Cannot Ping Computer on a Wireless Network from Wired Network

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I am trying to set up a network. The operating systems are windows 98.I can't get them to see each other on the network.
Do you have to manually setup IP addresses or leave it as "obtain IP addresses automatically"
I've Networked XP machines using the network wizard and that worked perfect, but 98 seems more difficult.
Is there any web page on networking that would help me configure the network properly?

A:Configuring a Network

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Hi guys, this is my first post, ok i have in my house a little home network, but i can't share files. I have tried to configure all this pc's with the wizard of Windows XP, but isn't not work. All PC's has the same Group, in no one pc i can't see the resources of the others PC in the network, please help me, I need share files.

I have designed a diagram with specifications in Microsoft Visio: Check the Attached files.

Someone with experience in network to configure it without the wizard of Windows "Set up a home or small office network"???'.

Any suggestion is good.



A:Configuring this Network

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Could someone help me here? Here's my dilemma:

I need to connect my work laptop via Ethernet. Wireless causes problems with my secure connection to a corporate network (think remote login).

See the diagrams below of what I have now, and what I need.

Would these work?
TRENDnet TEW-650AP Wireless Access Point:
Rosewill RC-405X 10/100Mbps 5-Port Switch 5 x RJ45


A:Solved: Home Office Wireless/Wired Networking

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I have a problem. I have a linksys Wirless 4-port router and a linksys wireless USB adapter (WUSB11 version 2.6). That is what I'm trying to get working on my desktop. I also have a laptop that my boss let me borrow to get me working at home with the desktop. The laptop has a YDI wireless card and it is reading the router's signal just fine and it's working and everything... so my laptop is working. I know I'm getting the signal. And so I'm pretty sure that the problem isn't hardware. The laptop has XP and the desktop has 98SE. The WUSB11 software on my desktop is reading both the router signal and the internet link I have, but it says "You are connected to the access point, but the Internet cannot be found". I am supposed to go to to configure the router on my desktop, as I can on my laptop, but it will not let me reach that site. It just says that the server cannot be found. Is there anyway you guys can help me? I would really like to get this problem fixed... I've been without Internet at my house for about a month and it's starting to really bother me.

Thank you very much in advance,
David Wilder

A:Help me with configuring linksys network please.

The correct ip you should connect to is
Let's start there....... This should be your default gateway as well.

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I have a D Link 624 router connected to my computer that's running windows XP SP2.
I had the network up and running for about 6 months with no problems. I had to go away for about a week and when I came back it wouldn't connect to the internet anymore. I ran the ethernet cable directly from the dsl modem to the computer and couldn't connect that way either. I called verizon and they had me type in and the helped me through the setup process and I was back online. I still can't get the network to work though. After hooking the network back up I typed in for the D Link configuration page. At login I typed in admin and left the password blank as instructed. The configuratin page won't load. The login screen just keeps coming back. I probably shouldn't have touched the reset button on the router but I did.
I went to the D Link support page and tried different things with no luck.
Any suggestions?????


A:problem configuring network

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Ok.. so here is the situation...

I get Wireless internet from my service provider, (they send out a wireless signal and my computer picks up on it and uses it with its WAN card).

What I want to do is use my wireless router to get the signal, and then send the internet via LAN cable to my 2 PC's. Does anyone have any idea of how I go about doing this? And what is the best way to set up the Wireless Router???

(Here is an overview of what I Wish to accomplish

Wireless Internet Signal
..{ (wireless signal)
.|_________pc 1

A:Need Help Configuring Wireless Network

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Okay, I have a small home network using a D-Link wireless router.

I have 3 boxes, 1 - WinXP, 2-WinServer2003, 3-WinServer2003

Right now they are setup and share an internet connection but that is about it.

box1 is my main PC for games and work and has a USB printer haooked to it.
box2 is my webserver
box3 will eventually be my webcrawler/email server

What I want to know is, can the 3 boxes share the 1 USB printer?
Also I would like to configure the network so all 3 boxes can access a shared network folder for passing files back and forth.

I am not a network guru by no means, it took me a while to get my current setup so any guidence is very appreciated, also the more 'dummy proof' the better.

So if anyone can tell me how to acheive this setup or point to some articles that can I would be very grateful.


A:Configuring Windows network

Enable/Disable Windows File & Printer Sharing:


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I have very little knowledge of networking. I have had configured my home network with the help of online guides and tutorial and mainly by hit and trial, last year and it performed successfully. It may not be perfect but it worked and this is how it has been working.

ADSLModem provided by ISP (PPOE and subnet mask ( DHCP enabled range ( to 192.168.80) and default DNS by ISP. UPNP enabled (but nothing configured here and in NAT as well, as things were working fine so I never touched it) Wireless (OFF)
NOTE, I can't tell if my ISP registers Mac of this modem to authenticate the services)

LinksysWTRG router with DDWRT 2.4 installed with auto 'configuration DHCP' (guess this enables connections from the SETUP1 for WAN, hence IP, subnet mask, gateway and DNS LAN setup; ip
Subnet, gateway DNS by UnblockUs.com to access Hulu, Netflix etc outside U.S. NAT services and UPNP enabled with nothing specifically mentioned to forward the services to.
Wireless enabled. And DHCP Server enabled for LAN IP to

16 port switch that is hosting Roku, Bravia LCD, 2 NAS and a windows seven Laptop wired. All the devices on the switch are connected to Setup 2 through wire and wireless, like iPhone, iPads etc.

TpLinkRouter set on Dynamic Ip configuration with auto Ip for wan and for LAN. With subn... Read more

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First of all, my computer is the main gateway for access to the internet and I have one other computer which uses my internet and is locally networked with my computer. The other computer's IP address ranges between and

I just installed ZoneAlarm Security Suite and when I first ran it, it asked me to allow a network and I added it into the internet zone. It had the IP address as, so I assumed this was the local network. But even though I allowed this, the other computer can't connect to my network nor get internet access from my computer. I have also checked the 'This computer is an ICS gateway' option, yet the network still doesn't seem to work and I also have an IP range between and in the internet zones section of the firewall.

I also have Windows Live Messenger at Super Trusted Level, yet it still doesn't connect...

Could someone please tell me why it doesn't work?

Thanks for your help.

A:ZoneAlarm: Configuring Network


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Im trying to get the most out of my upload speed that i can.
I'm a frequent Skype user and i can get a good quality coming from the person im talking to, but my voice tends to cut off and become distorted for the other person receiving it
i ran a speed test and my results were
6.15Mb/s download
.33Mb/s upload

its not great i know, but its the best my isp has to offer for my area
but .33Mb/s upload should be more than enough for me to send a high quality voice call
i have already set QOS to make Skype a top priority, im not sure if that has any
effect on upload

is there anything i can/should change to help?
someone recommended i use tcp optimizer, but others said i shouldnt try that with windows 7

any help will be appreciated

A:configuring network for skype

If you are downloading/uploading something it will be good to cancel that. Also what's that .33Mb/s?
I have this connection,and don't have any problems with skype even when I'm downloading torrent
I think that upload speed is not real,but should be over to 5-6.

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Me and my friend have just bought two network adapters, hoping we can connect our two Pc's together.But we don't really know how to do this.Should we make one Pc to be a Server and the second one to be a Client?
If that's the case, how do we do it?
If not, what are the other options?
Thank you!!!

A:Configuring the Network Adapters

Moving this to the Networking forum. Please go there to look for replies.

Also, please take a look around that forum - I'm pretty sure they walked someone through a network set up a month or two ago.

Get free stuff and help out a poor computer tech
Don't forget the amazon.com GCs waiting for you - just listen to music while online!


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I have DSL from Bellsouth and I have a block of static ips. These ip are used to all most fo my machines to gain access to the outside world.

I want to be able to set up a second router with privatly assigned IP's 192.168.x.x to work with my wireless system. I woud like them to be DHCP assigned.

Here is the kicker I want to use the Bellsouth Statics to give Internet access to the private IP's but I am not sure on where to look for this information or how to start.
I have a Netopia Modem/Router combo handling the STatic Ip's
I have a Linksys WRT54G handling the DHCP addresses

I thought bu configuring the Linksys router to have a Static IP address from Bellsouth would work but then again it didn't and I am here.

Any help will be appreaciated

A:Network Configuring 2 Routers

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what would be the best settings for my network card ? The reason i ask is i read somewhere(i forget where) that Configuring this will help in online games ping and lag wise. Thanks

windows xp sp1
cable modem
netgear fa310tx erthernet

If you need to know something else please post

A:Configuring my Network Card

Download an app called Cablenut, or go to http://www.dslreports.com/ and run their tweak test. They also have a couple of tools there that might be of interest to you, such as Dr TCP. The tweak test will give you some recommendations for changing your settings if needed. Cablenut will do similar though it will give you the option of applying the settings for you.

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Dear Users,
I want to configure two network cards in windows 2003 standard edition.
One of my lan card is connected to my local lan and other to the internet, The Pc acts as a proxy .

when i am accessing my local intranet, the site is searched in MSN ( internet), i want to access both intranet and internet.

please suggest a solution,.

A:Configuring Two network cards

Install two cards
Install RRAS on the server
Configure RRAS
You would also need "proxy" software


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On a previous post I had been told that after setting up the home network I would need to configure any 3rd party firewalls manually.

I have norton internet security on the desktop and was able to do it with no problem.

But on the laptop I now have Zonealarm and can't seem to find how to allow my desktop on the firewall in order to be able to file and printer share.

Any help would be appreciated.


A:Configuring ZoneAlarm for Network

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Anyone know a website that tell u how to configure your network card to work properly? If not can someone explain what i need to configure in my contorl/network or network neighborhood/properties.


A:Configuring network card..

o yeah BTW i have DSL, Windows 98 Plus...

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I am totally new to networking and have been reading up for a week now and cannot work my issue out. I realise this is most likely basic questions but total learning curve is testing me out.

I have just purchased a new PC and the OldPC is still good and works fine so I would like to network even if for short time to move large files over.

Both PC's run XP Home in SP3.
I have a Speedstream 4200 Modem with a Belkin Wireless N Router connected to it and through to new PC with Ethernet Cable,
I have added a Netgear Wireless G USB Adaptor to OldPC

Both are connecting to net and work fine. Also purchsed a crossover cable and I tried connecting OldPC to Belkin Router and was successful - still got net on old PC so everything seems ok there.

I have Trend Micro (trail version) on new PC - at least for a short time and AVG Internet Security on OldPC. On the Trend Network page I can only see new PC.
I can log into Belkin Router and see both PC's. Also connected at times are PS3 and an IPod. While I had the crossover connected I could see 2 entries on the Belkin for OldPC.

However, no matter all above the original intent to network the 2 via wireless and or crossover I cannot see either from the other PC. When I go to My Network Places and select View Workgroup Computers is says that I do not have access. Obviosly I have done something wrong. I also suspect it may have something to do with Access Pont but not sure.

How do I get setup?

A:Solved: Network a Wired and Wireless Network

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Ok so I have a netopia modem/wireless router. Its all set up. Heres the problem:

Wired computer directly through ANY of the 4 ethernet ports can access router and each other but cannot access internet. Cannot ping outside my LAN but can ping every other computer inside.

Wireless connected computers CAN access internet and all computers within my LAN.

Tried multiple computers, multiple patch cables. Thought it might be modem but if it was modem then I wouldnt be able to access other computers on my LAN when wired...but I can. That's what is wierd.

No firewalls are set up on computers hardwired. I even have RealVNC on one computer that IS hard wired into modem/router and I can access it via any other computer so wired network is working.

Its like HTTP settings to wired ports is blocked.

Any ideas? At&t doesnt know either but they agree its probably not router.

NOTE: I also hooked in a second router from the modem and tried from THOSE ports. Still same problem.

A:Wireless Network Good/Wired Network Bad

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I require help converting a wireless signal into a wired network, for internet use.

I just moved into a house share, and to my surprise there is no ethernet port in my room or anywhere nearby.

The router itself is located on the top floor and although I do have a 20m ethernet cable handy, I don't think my new house mates would enjoy a long cable placed throughout the house, also my room door seems to seal itself shut, I doubt I could feed a cable through anyway.

With this in mind, I can no longer use my PC online, as it has no wireless card (I much prefer a secure, reliable wired connection, I always see wireless as a gimmick for phones). So I am stuck using my laptop, which has wireless enabled.

So I was just wondering if anyone knows of a way to convert wireless signals from a wireless router, to a wired connection. I have a switch on hand, with 8 ethernet ports, and I have several ethernet cables.

I have found a phone line, but I have no idea if it works. I found a filter, allowing an ADSL cable or a phone cable to connect. I may try getting hold of an RJ11 to RJ45 cable and hope the phone line socket is working fine.

Thanks for reading!

A:Converting a Wireless network into a Wired network

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I have a 2003 domain.... wired with a firewall and 2003 server running dhcp and dns...
the setup goes like this...
cable modem plugs into a watchguard firebox 700 which goes out to the domain server and into a 24 port unmanaged switch for my wired domain pc's...
from this current firewall there is a vpn set up between it and another watchguard firebox at my other site... there i have another domain controller and a switch and wired pc's... they all share the resources and talk to each other.
Now i want to add a wireless router.. linksys wrt54gs to the one site...
the main office is using... 192.168.1.xx and the other site is using 192.168.11.xx....
I want to add the wireless router to the 192.168.11.xx site...
when i add it.. all the laptops which are connected to the wireless can see the .11.xx pcs and the server at this site... but can not reach the main office site....
PLEASE HELP ME!!! how do i get the wireless laptops to be able to see the other subnet????
and yes i do have internet connectivity on my wireless.

A:Connecting a Wireless network to a Wired network

Connecting two SOHO broadband routers together.

Configure the IP address of the secondary router to be in the same subnet as the primary router, but out of the range of the DHCP server in the primary router. For instance DHCP server addresses through, I'd assign the secondary router as it's IP address.

Disable the DHCP server in the secondary router.

Setup the wireless section just the way you would if it was the primary router.

Connect from the primary router's LAN port to one of the LAN ports on the secondary router. If there is no uplink port and neither of the routers have auto-sensing ports, use a cross-over cable. Leave the WAN port unconnected!

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so i've been trying to fix this for the best part of a week now and its finally got the better of me and i'm resorting to doing the thing no man wants to do and i'm asking for help.

My comp just doesnt seem to be able to get a connection through the ethernet anymore which is considerably faster and more reliable when it does work. all i'm getting is unidentified network no network access

i have tried running the troubleshooter, disabling the windows firewall and avg but no joy. checked the ip is dynamic. reset router, adapter, and pc, tried some reset dns catalog command, tried ammending the network type and values in the NIC adapter properties. none of these worked so i set them all back to what they were before and nothing has made any difference. also tried an ip config release and renew, but again nothing

thanks in advance for your help
heres the ipconfig /all

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\Users\Gumdrops>ipconfig /all

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Gumdrops-PC
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Edimax EW-7612PIn Wireless PCI-Express Ad
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-1F-1F-E9-CE-A... Read more

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I set up a wireless network on my router some time ago. It's called Balmer.

I can't connect to my wireless network with my Windows 7 laptop any more. However, if I connect an ethernet cable to the router from that laptop, it connects just fine as long as the cable is connected. However, it identifies the *WIRED* network as Balmer. I would really like this laptop to connect to the *wireless* Balmer network so I don't have to plug in the ethernet cable.

I *think* the problem with the Windows 7 laptop is that it seems to think Balmer is a *wired* network at the same time as there is an actual WIRELESS network with the same name. I wonder if that is confusing the laptop somehow and keeping it from connecting wirelessly? If so, what do I do about it? I've tried deleting the existing (wired) network connection but it only gives me a Merge option; the delete option is greyed out.

(I should mention that my Windows 8.1 laptop connects wireless to Balmer just fine as does my cell phone. Clearly, something is messed up in the network settings for the Windows 7 machine alone.)

I'd really appreciate some guidance on how to get the Windows 7 machine connecting to Balmer wirelessly again.

A:Wired network has same name as wireless network - how do I change?

When you set up your network did you happen to change the password? My network has the same name whether I connect wired or wireless. That should not be an issue. If you connect Wired, you do not have to enter a password. Disconnect the Ethernet cable and click on your wireless icon, if it says connected, click on it and you should have the option to disconnect. It should show you all connections available to it. Click on your network, click connect and you should be asked for a password. Enter the password and it should connect.

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I have a comcast modem connected to a netgear wireless router (wgt624). The wireless router connects to a netgear switch (fs108) which from there goes to the pc's in the house. My wireless network works fine but I cant get a connection through the switch.

The ip address through the switch:
The ip address through the wireless router:

I know thats bad how do I fix?

A:Wireless network good wired network no go

Well, you isolate what the issue is. It could simply be a defective switch or cable.

Since that switch has auto-MDX, you should be able to simply plug a cable into any port on the switch to the router and connect computers to it on the other ports. It's really that simple. If that's not working, and the same cables work when connecting directly to the router, the switch is dead.

Did you try different ports on the switch? Sometimes, only one port dies, and if it's the port that the router is connected to, you won't get any connections.

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I have installed with the help of members of this group a wireless network using a Linksys Wireless router (54G).
My wired network has static IP addresses. I used one to configure the router and assigned the DHCP services on the router to configure the ip addresses automatically. No problem. The laptops see the internet and work fine but will not see the wired network computers.

I thought wrongly that if the workgroup was changed on the laptop to match the wired network that all could see each other. Can I configure the wireless network to see the wired computers and toggle that on and off. I want at times to have a laptop be able to work in the workgroup but not to allow everyone with a laptop to have access to the wired network at will.

A:Wireless network and wired network dont see each other

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