What am I doing wrong?

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by Phil Meehan, Jul 15, 2003.

  1. Phil Meehan

    Phil Meehan Guest

    I have been trying to set up a wireless network between 3 computers. Up to
    now, I have had absolutely no success whatsoever. I have an ADSL
    connection, with an eTEC PT-3808 modem/router, which has just 1 ethernet
    port. The settings for this are as follows:-

    Router/modem TCP/IP settings:-

    This is connected by USB to my PC, and it works fine, I can connect to the
    web on this ok.

    IP Address: 192.***.1.2
    Subnet Mask:
    Default Gateway: 192.***.1.99 (My router / modem address)

    DNS Server Address: 192.***.1.99
    Alternate DNS: blank

    I also have a "Linksys BEFW11S4 etherfast wireless access point + cable/dsl
    router with 4-port switch" to give it it's full title. The problem is, I
    can't connect to the WAP's configuration page.

    Wireless Access Point TCP/IP settings:-

    This has 2 connections:-

    1) LAN port to router/modem by ethernet cable
    2) Wan port to PCI network card by ethernet cable.

    The problem is, it tells me that a network cable is unplugged. I would guess
    that I need to get this connection connected before I can make any progress.
    Here are the settings for that:-

    IP Address: 192.***.1.3
    Subnet Mask:
    Default Gateway: 192.***.1.1 (My wireless access point address)

    DNS Server Address: 192.***.1.1
    Alternate DNS: blank.

    All the numbers that I have censored, are the same, so I think everything is
    in the correct range, I just wasn't sure if it was wise to post my IP
    details on Usenet.

    If I can just get to my Access Point's configuration page, I think I should
    be ok from there. Obviously I will still need to get the other 2 PCs to
    connect to the web, but I think I should be doing this 1 step at a time.
    Sorry for the long post, but I want to get this right, so gave as much info
    as possible, and if somebody can see where I am going wrong, I would
    appreciate it if you could tell me how to correct it.

    Many thanks for the help.
    Phil Meehan, Jul 15, 2003
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  2. Phil Meehan

    A Guest

    Looks like you should connect you WAP WAN port to the modem, and WAP LAN
    port to PCI NIC. You will not be able to access your WAP config page from
    the WAN port. Which leads into this next thing, the IPs you are using are
    in the private range ( -, nonroutable) of IPs,
    meaning no one can get to them from outside your router(from the Internet).
    The IP address that your ISP assigns to your modem/router, is the one you
    really should not give out. Try switching the connections, you should be
    able to get to your WAP config page.
    A, Jul 15, 2003
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  3. Phil Meehan

    Duane Arnold Guest

    The first part is correct.

    The DNS part is wrong.

    DNS Server and Alternet are Two IP's that point to the ISP and they must
    be correct.

    The router has a Status page and on the Status page, you should be able
    to identify the two DNS IP's for the ISP.
    And you're not going to get to the Admin page on the Linksys, until you
    get a valid IP from the router for the machine.

    My suggestion to you is put everything the router, router/AP, the
    computers to use DHCP and Obtain an IP Automatically and not use Static
    IP's, until you get things figured out.


    Duane :)
    Duane Arnold, Jul 15, 2003
  4. Phil Meehan

    Phil Meehan Guest

    My mistake, I had typed that wrong, The WAP's WAN port is connected to the
    modem, and the WAP's LAN port is connected to the PCI network card.
    However, I still can't access the configuration page. Am I right in
    thinking that the network card's connection is showing as being unplugged is
    a major fault in my network? If I could just get that to connect, I reckon
    I'd be able to set it up from there.


    Phil Meehan, Jul 15, 2003
  5. Phil Meehan

    A Guest

    Start from scratch, use default settings. Like Duane in the other post
    said; ADSL modem to WAP/Router(WAP) WAN port. CPUs to WAP. CPUs use DHCP.
    Don not use your ADSL USB, you know that works and can save that for back
    up. You will probably need to re-run your ISP software on one of your CPUs
    to reconnect to the Internet, so your ISP can ID your router as you new
    connected device, vs your previously connected CPU. At this point, once you
    have logged onto your ADSL account, you should be able to surf, and access
    your WAP config page. Now that you have established Internet connectivity
    and accessed your WAP, you can start changing to static IPs on your CPUs
    (One at a time, testing surfing ablility).

    By the way, I should of caught this before, but your WAP IP should be set as
    your Default Gateway on your CPUs when you goto static IPs. It also is the
    IP you use to access your WAP config page.

    I'm assuming you will change the default password once you get to the WAP,
    might want to change your WAP's default IP address also (If you do that,
    whatever you change it to is your new Default Gateway)

    Good luck, let us know how it went.
    A, Jul 15, 2003
  6. Phil Meehan

    dold Guest

    My two Routers (Linksys and SMC) both show up this way, identifying
    themselves as the DNS server.
    dold, Jul 15, 2003
  7. Phil Meehan

    Phil Meehan Guest

    Excuse me for sounding a bit dumb, but I am totally new to wireless
    networking. If I remove my ADSL USB, I won't be able to connect to the
    internet, it is a router with a built in modem. It has an ethernet port,
    and I had one other PC connected through it. Unless I am even dumber than I
    thought, and I can connect to the web straight through my WAP? From what
    you seem to be telling me to do, I would need a PCI ADSL modem? Do all PCI
    modems have an ethernet port, or would I need to look for one that
    specifically has one? Also, when you say CPU, you mean PCI network card
    Phil Meehan, Jul 15, 2003
  8. Phil Meehan

    Duane Arnold Guest

    If the router/AP was obtaining its IP from the other router with DHCP, it
    would get the IP automatically from the other router.

    You need to get on the phone with both manufactures and have them walk
    you through the configuration.

    Good luck

    Duane :)
    Duane Arnold, Jul 16, 2003
  9. Sorry, I've come in on this late... On the part right below is the IP
    address 192.***.1.2 the address of your router?? If so why? The
    default is 192.***.1.1 Also the default Gateway & DNS should be
    gotten from your ISP's modem...
    The second part under DHCP, these are the starting and ending IP
    addresses that DHCP will assign to YOUR network. I have mine set to
    start @ .100. This way if you have something that needs a SET ip
    address you can manually set then up to .100 and all will be OK....
    gene martinez, Jul 17, 2003
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