On Sun, 11 Sep 2011 11:45:52 -0500, tedD@invalidated.parking.net
>I have a Netgear router for networking 2 comps in the house.
Since this is a wireless group, I'll assume it's wireless Netgear
router. Model number please?
2 computers connected via wired or wireless?
>I'm finding it impossible to setup the Brother's MFC 7840-W onto the
>network, I'm forced to keep the network open.
Nope. You made the mistake of reading the instructions.
The problem is that this printer is *EITHER* wired or wireless, not
both. There are two ways to make it work:
1. Play with the front panel menus until you are able to connect to
your unspecified model Netgear router via wireless. If it fails to
connect, update the firmware in your unspecified model Netgear
wireless router, and possibly in the printer. I sometimes have
problems with either WPA or WPA2. I suggest you try changing the
encryption type in the Netgear router to see which one works. Don't
use WEP as it's totally insecure.
The problem with this scheme is that if you're using a wireless
connection from your computah and a wireless connection to the
printer, both are on the same channel. It will work, but might be a
bit slow in printing.
2. A better way is to simply ignore the wireless part of the printer
and just connect an ethernet cable between the printer and router.
This works every time.
>The nearest houses from
>me are least 100 feet away from mine. Do I have to worry about
>someone at that distance accessing my comp?
Yep. Leeches like to use high gain directional antennas, that will
easily work at that distance. Your best form of wireless security is
a proper WPA/WPA2 encryption key. Use it.
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