wired home network help...PLS

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Found 9th Mar 2007
:oops: ok firstly i am sorry to be posting this here but i am at my wits end trying to do this and have nowhere else to turn before i start ripping out my hair lol!

now stupidly i thought it would be relatively easy to set up a wired network with my pc and my laptop however i can't seem to get it to work.

ok the problem is......
i have a pc wired to my netgear router, - in port one on the router (this port light is lit) i then go to connet another ethernet cable from my laptop to port 2 expecting it to be just as easy but this light does not light up so broadband can't detect the router / connection etc.

what am i doing wrong? my laptop is pretty old maybe 5/6 years does that make a difference, do i need to help it find it?? do i have a faulty ethernet port on my laptop?

I'm sorry its so so long but its kind of theraputic to get it out pmsl.
i am not very technical so pls be gentle with me if anyone wants to reply, any help is very very much appreciated to save my sanity!

cheers katie

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Have you tried swapping the ethernet cables over? Could be a faulty cable.
Also, try wiggling the plug while its plugged into router. Could be loose connection. Other than that, I haven't a clue! HTH :thumbsup:

Original Poster

wow thanks for such a speedy reply, unfortunately i've tried both of your suggestions birdyboy but nothing :x

oh well,
thanks anyhow :thumbsup: :-D

Is network enabled on your laptop? I mean, can you see network connection in Device Manager and Network Connections?

I networked mine a long time ago wirelessly so apologies if I'm wrong.

But dont you have to give your network a name, your pc a name, and your laptop a name thats different to your PC?

Eg network = home.

PC = PC COMP

LAPTOP = LAPTOP

And go from there? I cant remember how to get into the options to name them.

Plus, you say your laptop is old, is your pc old? Are they running windows xp?

No, you do not need to specify names - these are only required for file sharing (SMB access).

O right, I thought file sharing is in the term 'networking'?

Did you just want to share an internet connection?

Go to 192.168.0.1 on your laptop. Does the netgear page load up ?

]Deal4Me

His computer is not connecting to his router, so it is completely different story to file sharing. File sharing is part of networking but it is only possible when PC is connected to network itself, which is what OP want to achieve.

Hey Kommunist, ive also got a netgear router. If i have a 360 and a pc connected to it, is there anyway to get a connection between the 2 just using the router? If that makes sense ?

I do not know how 360 works to be honest. If it works via SMB then you need to define workgroup domain and it supposed to see files on shares (login might be needed). If not, then you need to install some kind of file sharing software (maybe Windows media player will do it?).

Kommunist

I do not know how 360 works to be honest. If it works via SMB then you … I do not know how 360 works to be honest. If it works via SMB then you need to define workgroup domain and it supposed to see files on shares (login might be needed). If not, then you need to install some kind of file sharing software (maybe Windows media player will do it?).



I can do it via a direct connection between the two, i was just wondering if one port on the router can talk to another port on the router :?

Yes it will. It doesn't have to be router though - any switch will do the same thing. I am not sure whether Netgear can support autosensing, so if it doesn't you'll need to replace your x-cable (if that's what you are using) with normal ones.

Kommunist

]Deal4MeHis computer is not connecting to his router, so it is completely … ]Deal4MeHis computer is not connecting to his router, so it is completely different story to file sharing. File sharing is part of networking but it is only possible when PC is connected to network itself, which is what OP want to achieve.




Ah I see, misunderstood OP.

In that case, I have no idea? OP sounds like it's set up correctly? Maybe an ISP
issue? Faulty hardware?

Kommunist

Yes it will. It doesn't have to be router though - any switch will do the … Yes it will. It doesn't have to be router though - any switch will do the same thing. I am not sure whether Netgear can support autosensing, so if it doesn't you'll need to replace your x-cable (if that's what you are using) with normal ones.



Just to add to the good advice above. Some routers have a button that you push in to x-over port one but I think this maybe on the more expensive ones.
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