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    How to use my router wirelessly?

    OK I know this is stupid, but I need help with my wireless gadget router thingy,
    Currently I have the computer plugged into the router and all works o k. I managed to organise that bit ok.(I was quite proud that I made it work with no hitches - well except if you count the rabbit eating the cable to the phone socket a few times)

    But I have now bought a laptop for daughter for Christmas and buying my son an xbox, These will both need to connect to the internet. I dont really want loads of wires trailing everywhere (its more of a temptation to the blinking rabbit) so would like to use the router thingy wirelessly.

    Problem is havent got a clue how and cant find the box it came in, is there a simple wizardy thing I can do via the computer to set it up or am I going to have to get really technical?

    21 Comments

    what make and model is your router?

    Original Poster

    Its a thompson speedtouch, thanks

    supermod

    First, don't panic - I know very little about IT & recently set up 3 laptops to work via wireless router (2 Vista & 1 XP). If you're using windows are you using vista or XP ? It's all done via your PC & you just need the wireless security key code normally listed on the back of your router to connect. It should come at least wep enabled. The code this just stops your neighbours connecting to your internet connection.

    Now I'll sit back & let all the IT bods help, but it's honestly very simple to do & if no one replies & you tell me your operating system I'll try & help step by step if noone else more technical volunteers :thumbsup:

    EDIT : just realised you also asked about Xbox. That's slightly different as you need a wireless adaptor thingy - my kids asked for them & they cost about £50 each so I said no ;-) been a few threads recently on that about what to do & what you can buy. I'll find link to proper xbox step by step instructions

    Even technical people (like me) hate networking It's frustrating to guide someone through it without the exact hardware they have (or a manual) in front of you. Read the instructions - it really isn't complicated.

    Note : The xbox/ 360 are not wireless. You'll need to cable it in or pay for a wireless network bridge or the offical wireless do-dah.

    Original Poster

    Thanks sigma, I am really good at some stuff, but the computer stuff seems to scare me, fixing the car no problem, wiring all the diff things to the TV sky box easy peasey, but computer stuff I get all cowardly and try to avoid, but I want to get it sorted ready, cos I do not want Christmas day to be stuck trying to cook dinner for ten and sort wireless stuff for kids.
    Its a Vista op sys on desktop and the lappy will have Vista too (I think! Havent opened it yet, lappys scare me too after breaking one last year that didnt belong to me!):oops:

    supermod

    thingy & do-dahs - love it :giggle:

    XBOX wireless connection guide > ]http//ww…htm :thumbsup:

    kidcat;3154013

    Thanks sigma, I am really good at some stuff, but the computer stuff … Thanks sigma, I am really good at some stuff, but the computer stuff seems to scare me, fixing the car no problem, wiring all the diff things to the TV sky box easy peasey, but computer stuff I get all cowardly and try to avoid, but I want to get it sorted ready, cos I do not want Christmas day to be stuck trying to cook dinner for ten and sort wireless stuff for kids. Its a Vista op sys on desktop and the lappy will have Vista too (I think! Havent opened it yet, lappys scare me too after breaking one last year that didnt belong to me!):oops:



    wont the lappy search for any wireless networks then all you do is enter the security key to link it to your router

    Original Poster

    sigma;3154051

    thingy & do-dahs - love it :giggle:XBOX wireless connection guide … thingy & do-dahs - love it :giggle:XBOX wireless connection guide > ]http://www.xbox.com/en-GB/support/Xbox360/connecttolive/wirelessconnection.htm :thumbsup:



    Sigma you are great thank you so much.

    for my xbox 360 i just plug a cheap modem ( the one i got free with talk talk ) into the back of my console and plugged it into the phone line used for the sky box you will also need to subscribe to xbox live gold ]http//ww…tml

    Original Poster

    ding;3154111

    for my xbox 360 i just plug a cheap modem ( the one i got free with talk … for my xbox 360 i just plug a cheap modem ( the one i got free with talk talk ) into the back of my console and plugged it into the phone line used for the sky box you will also need to subscribe to xbox live gold ]http://www.jasper1675.com/newuk12gold.html



    Ooh, I have the old modem still, that maybe an option. Thanks ding.:)

    supermod

    Just had to turn on hubbys laptop which has Visa, & it's even easier than on XP. Just click on MS start symbol in bottom left corner & then select Connect to on right hand column. If your router make & model doesn't come up on the list of available connections after you go to set up new connection, then your router is set to hide it's router name. You'll need to change the software setting on your router manager on your PC to display name then just refresh list. Enter the security key on your router when prompted.

    When you're done is a good to hide your network name again. There are various levels of security setting WEP,WPA but just go for standard while you set everything up & get used to the process. Once you've sussed it out you'll find it really straightforward in future

    >>

    EDIT : ding, as my childrens Xboxes are in their bedrooms & I don't want to run cables across the floor to phone connections, could I possibly connect via wireless laptop with some special cable in the same room or would the required equipment be just as expensive as getting the wireless adaptor to plug straight into xbox ? thanks

    Kidcat - which broadband supplier you with? they usually provide some help guides on setting up the wireless network (like this one below)
    help.aol.co.uk/bro…010

    Is your router definitly "wireless"?

    I suspect the xbox is going to cause more problems than the laptop but there are plenty of people on here who can help so give it a try.........

    kidcat;3154134

    Ooh, I have the old modem still, that maybe an option. Thanks ding.:)



    You wouldn't have wireless for your laptop though....

    As Sigma says the security encryption is important. You will have to check what kind of encryption your router can deal with. Most can cope with WPA or WEP but I think there are some that can't. From memory I think WPA is more secure than WEP but someone will correct me if I got that wrong...

    Its been a couple of years since I did mine but I think the easiest way to set up the xbox is to connect directly to the router initially with the network cable and check that you can go online etc. This will add some of the settings automatically to the xbox. Then switch off etc unplug the network cable and plug in the xbox wireless adaptor and see if you can get the xbox to talk to the router.....

    Forgot to mention one very important thing about the laptop. If it has built-in wireless make sure it is switched on. Took me hours of fiddling before I realised the builtin wireless wasn't on and another hour to figure out how to switch it on (on my laptop its the F2 key)

    kidcat;3154134

    Ooh, I have the old modem still, that maybe an option. Thanks ding.:)

    dont forget the filter tho

    Original Poster

    Wow am going to read all that and have a go thanks everyone,
    See you all in a few days while I master that all.:oops:

    kidcat;3154265

    Wow am going to read all that and have a go thanks everyone, :)See you … Wow am going to read all that and have a go thanks everyone, :)See you all in a few days while I master that all.:oops:



    Once you have the xbox working you will probably have to look at port-forwarding and NAT settings but you only need to look at that if you have problems running some games...

    gari189;3154295

    Once you have the xbox working you will probably have to look at … Once you have the xbox working you will probably have to look at port-forwarding and NAT settings but you only need to look at that if you have problems running some games...



    Only if the router doesn't support UPNP. If it does, the xbox will negotiate with the router what ports need forwardign to where

    supermod

    gari189;3154164

    Forgot to mention one very important thing about the laptop. If it has … Forgot to mention one very important thing about the laptop. If it has built-in wireless make sure it is switched on. Took me hours of fiddling before I realised the builtin wireless wasn't on and another hour to figure out how to switch it on (on my laptop its the F2 key)



    Lol, my hubby honestly spent a good hour one night fiddling away on his laptop, & when I asked what was wrong he said he couldn't get a wireless connection & had been reinstalling software & trying everything. I asked if he'd accidentally hit the wireless button on his keyboard & the air was blue ! He has never had that problem again - I even felt sorry for him :-D

    sigma;3154363

    Lol, my hubby honestly spent a good hour one night fiddling away - I … Lol, my hubby honestly spent a good hour one night fiddling away - I even felt sorry for him :-D



    Tut

    supermod

    adofant;3156247

    Tut



    :evil: (made me laugh though)
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