> Hi. I bought a Linksys Broadband Router today and have a problem. My
> desktop computer is connected to the new router and works fine. I have
> a Dell laptop, however, that I would like to use wireless. I created
> my "network" and set up the security; it worked fine when I accessed it
> from the laptop. I even had to key in the security code, and was able
> to connect. The icon in the bottom right corner says I'm connected
> with excellent strength. I was able to update my virus protection,
> accessing the internet through the software (?). Everything seems to
> work properly....until I bring up Internet Explorer. It tries to bring
> up my front page (Yahoo), but I get the old "Cannot find server - - The
> page cannot be displayed" error. Any website I try to go to gets the
> same error, unless I work offline. The Linksys software, when copying
> the data from the desktop PC to the laptop, accessed the internet and I
> got the following message: "Congratulations!
You copied data from your desktop machine to your laptop machine and
they did this be accessing the Internet. ???
> Your wireless home
> network has been set up successfully. NetSet Assistant has
> successfully configured your wireless adapter and has verified that a
> wireless connection exists." I have the bubble at the bottom that says
> "Wireless Network Connection is now connected," so I believe it is
> actually connected, but I can't get it to work with Explorer.
It may be connected to the wireless router that indicates the connection
is good. But that doesn't necessarily mean that the machine has a
connection to the Internet and that the wireless machine can access the
> I went
> to the Microsoft website and downloaded a Guided Help program, which
> came back with a message to talk to my ISP provider. I don't know how
> to make Explorer work!
You went there with the wire machine.
You should go to the DOS Command Prompt and enter Ping www.yahoo.com
and see the IP that the Ping command returns if the
machine has a good connection to the Internet. That would be with the
wire machine that has a good connection.
Then you can issue the Ping command with the wireless machine see what
You can enter IPconfig /all on the wire machine and see the IP(s) it is
using. You should do the same with the wireless computer. If the IP for
the wireless computer show a 169. IP, it means the computer has timed
out in getting a DHCP IP from the router. The 169 IP will allow the
machine to be accessed or it can be accessed by a machine on the LAN.
But it will not allow the machine to access the Internet, because it's
not using an IP from the router, like the one that can access the Internet.
If the machine does have the 169 IP, then there is some kind of
mis-configuration going on between the wireless router and the wireless
NIC and it can't get an IP, even though you have some kind of connection
on the wireless to the router.
If that's not the case above, then look at resolutions below.
It could be anything. http://www.tiscali.co.uk/help/broadband/nowebpage.html
You can continue the resolution search. http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...=Google+Search
> The only question I have about the actual router is this: If a
> wireless connection is made, does one of the lights on the router come
> on, or is that only ones hooked up directly? Because at the moment,
> only the first light (desktop PC) is on.
If I recall on my wireless router a BEFW11S4 model long ago I use to use
I don't use wireless anymore, it had some transmission light or lights
that would flicker, letting me know that s that wireless transmission be
the the router and a client machine was taking place.
> I would appreciate any suggestions anyone might have. I have looked
> quite a bit under Tools-Internet Options-Connections, but I'm a bit of
> a novice and don't know what the proper settings should be. I have
> used the laptop in a company that had their own server, and it worked
> at home when I could find a local user that was unsecured, but I don't
> know if there are settings from the old company that need to be removed
> (or where to find those settings). Thanks for any help that can be
Maybe, the links above will resolve your issues.