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The Westell VersaLink 327W is known to have some problems, but it is a good DSL modem.

Now connecting to this modem should be very easy.

Open your browser and go to http://192.168.1.1/ <<---This is your DSL modem

The username and password should be the same as your DSL account.



In the page that opens, bring your cursor over "Connections" and a drop down
menu will appear, select "Wireless" It will request your login info.

- 1) "Wireless operation" set to enabled.
- 2) "Mode" set to "Mixed"
- 3) "4x Support" set to "Enabled"

       DO NOT fool around with the "Advanced Configuration" unless someone
       who knows what they are doing talks you through this.

- 4) "Authentication Type" set this to "Shared Key"
- 5) "WEP Security" set this to "Enabled"

- 6) "Key Select" set to "Key 1" then enter a 13 digit (128-bit) alpha numeric code.

       Now unless you are going to be needing more than one key, you only need to set
       the first one. So unless your 802.11 card supports higher, set
       this to 128-bit encryption and be sure to save the details to a text file in
       case you ever need to look it up again. You'll also need this key for setting
       up your connection on your system.

       Also be sure to include the "Network Name (SSID)" in the file, this will be needed.


- 7) "Hide SSID" set this to "Enabled"
- 8) "MAC Address Filtering" this is optional and can be left "Disabled"

Now hit the "Save" button and you are now ready to setup your wireless connection on your system.



Now use Start > Programs > Accessories > Communications > Wireless Network Setup Wizard

If you have any problems with your 1450 mini-PCI card, go to the DellTalk Forums
and do a search for 1450 and you should be able to find some threads which can point
you to better drivers located on the HP website for your card.



As to your VersaLink DSL modem, you'll find that any problems which occur with this
are caused by excessive heat buildup inside the modem housing. If you look at the way
the case is built, you'll notice that the cooling vents are very restrictive and not
very good for cooling. This is what causes the problems you'll read about in some other
forums.

To fix this, carefully open the case and remove the circuit board being careful not
to damage it and take note of how it goes back in. Now using either an X-acto knife
or a Dremel, you can open the cooling vents in the case by cutting out the obstructing
vents.

Once you finish, reassemble the modem and everything should work great after that
cause with the vents open, there won't be any heat buildup to cause any problems.

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Thanks ellory.
Nice post.

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Awesome post.

One question though: I am getting a new computer tomorrow. I just shared all my files, and they are all on my kids computer too. Now if I delete files from this computer, will they also be deleted from my kids computer? (like my pictures etc). If so, how can I avoid that?

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If the files are shared, then there is only one version. Deleting the files will completely remove them.

If the files are a copy, then there are two versions.

If you have only shared them, then you can make a copy on the kids computer via standard windows drag and drop copy capbilities (on the kids computer open the shared files and make a copy. It would, of course, be good practice to also burn a copy to CD

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ellory said: If the files are shared, then there is only one version. Deleting the diles will delete completely remove them.

If the files are a copy, then there are two versions.

If you have only shared them, then you can make a copy on the kids computer via standard windows drag and drop copy capbilities (on the kids computer open the shared files and make a copy. It would, of course, be good practice to also burn a copy to CD


Thank you! That is what I ended up doing. Anything I can with the iTunes list as well? Can that be shared?

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Limited file sharing between Xp pro sp2 and Win98 SE ?

I have 2 computer and sharing internet connection with two other people through router.
One of my computer have XP pro sp2 and the other computer use Win 98 SE.

Is it possible to only share files between my two computer (Xp pro sp2 and Win98SE)?
Will turn off simple file sharing work with Win98se?

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BokooI'm not sure entirely understand your question.

For clarity, could you read the first sticky and post back in a new thread with all the relevant information?

In the meantime, this may help

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good post!

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Hi,
I am using Verizon wireless. Recently, after install CounterSpy and Mcfee personal firewall, my laptop can still connect to the wireless network with exellent signal, but I cannot use internet anymore. What happens? Is it due to the firewall?


ellory said: I took my laptop away for a few days, and when I came back Ihave internet connection but can't share files or printers

In all likelihood, one or both of the following holds true

1. You have software firewalls installed on your PCs and your router is handing out DHCP addresses. In this case, when you reconnect, the router hands out an IP address outside of the "trusted zone." The software firewall then blocks the connection

Solutions: Temporarily disable the software firewall to verify the problem /solution. Then either (a) expand the IP range of the software firewall to match the DHCP assignment range of the router, or restrict the DHCP range of the router to match the software firewall "safe" IP addresses. Reboot and you're good to go

2. You are using the Windows Wireless Zero Configuration Utility (WZC). This has many known problems

Solution: Download and install the latest version of the wireless configuration utility from your wireless NIC card supplier. Use that utility instead of WZC

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truongmymy said: Hi,
I am using Verizon wireless. Recently, after install CounterSpy and Mcfee personal firewall, my laptop can still connect to the wireless network with exellent signal, but I cannot use internet anymore. What happens? Is it due to the firewall?Since you lost wireless connectivity right after you installed these two products, then its quite likely this is the cause. You might try ensure that your firewall is properly configured. You might check your IP addresses. This thread may provide some insights on troubleshooting

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ellory said: truongmymy said: Hi,
I am using Verizon wireless. Recently, after install CounterSpy and Mcfee personal firewall, my laptop can still connect to the wireless network with exellent signal, but I cannot use internet anymore. What happens? Is it due to the firewall?Since you lost wireless connectivity right after you installed these two products, then its quite likely this is the cause. You might try ensure that your firewall is properly configured. You might check your IP addresses. This thread may provide some insights on troubleshooting

You are great. My network runs well now. Thank you very much.

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Well done ellory!

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Have RCN residential cable in Boston area with several desktops hooked up through a Toshiba PCX DOCSIS (PCX2200) and some hubs along the way. Works fine.

Can I attach a wireless router to a hub running off the Toshiba and turn it on for the very rare occassion we'd be using a wireless connection to the laptop?

Would be essentially connecting a wireless router to a hub coming from a hard wired router. Do two routers make a conflict or is it OK?

BTW, great column on the networking.

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This page says your cable modem supports up to 16 devices

This page implies that you are buying more than one IP address from RCN, and that this cable modem does not have DHCP capability Are you?

If you are, and you want to stay with this approach, then you'll need to either
1. buy another IP address from RCN and disable DHCP on the wireless router
2. leave DHCP enabled on the router and ensure that they it is not operating in the same IP range (i.e. matching first 3 numbers in IP address) as the addresses assigned by your cable company

Or, if you're buying muliple IP addresses, consider only buying one and connect the wireless router directly to the cable modem. And then connect everything to the wireless router (which can support up to 255 devices)

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ELLORY: We have basic cable internet service with RCN and I beleive our multiple PC's on the same Toshiba router share everything.

If I understand correctly, I can connect the Netgear wireless router to a hub connected to the Toshiba hard wired cable modem, disable DHCP and all might be well?

Thanks.

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Maybe. Can you report the results of an ipconfig? (see instructions on how to do this earlier in the thread)

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Ellory: Followed instructions posted above and PM'd numbers to you.

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IP numbers that begin with 192 and 169. There is no reason to PM rather than post. No one can do anything with the data.

That being said, you have a 192 IP range. It is being assigned locally by your cable modem, which must have an integrated router.

What you want to do will likely work if you disable DHCP on the wireless router

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Thanks for your help, OP.

Works fine with default setup. Having never used a wireless system before it was a bit mindboggling with the unknown vocabulary.

Cheers.

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I recommend you read the section in this thread on configuring security

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Been reading through this post, and some of the links. Have but one question.

What's typical range for a home based wireless system?

I have a l25 year old two story big old drafty house and with the transmitter in the middle of the first floor it's a wonderful connection for about 25 feet in any direction, at 50 feet it's really suffering. Is that typical?

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Bridging a Linksys WRT54G and Belkin 7230-4 Wirelessly

These steps will create a wireless bridge between a WRT54G as the Gateway and a 7230-4 as an access point (AP). The AP will act as a repeater (extending the range of your wireless network), as well as an AP. The AP will also act as an ethernet bridge, so you can plug it in to an xbox or ps2 (or a computer with ethernet but no wireless) to gain access to your wireless network. I am writing this because I found many tutorials explaining how to connect two WRT54G's together, but nothing explaining how to connect a Linksys and a Belkin. After trial and error, this is what I came up with:

Step 1) If you are using Linksys firmware, you will have to flash a 3rd party firmware to the WRT54G, such as Sveasoft's Alchemy. I am using dd-wrt, which is a variation of Alchemy. I won't discuss flashing, as it is explained very well on other forums.

Step 2) Now that the firmware is upgraded, you can now establish wireless bridging on the WRT54G. If you haven't messed with the IP settings of the router, use IE to access 192.168.1.1 to get to the web-interface of the router. Go to the "Wireless" tab. In "Basic Settings, change the Wireless channel to 11 (or whatever works for you, but the two units must be on the same channel, the default for Linksys is 6 and the default for Belkin is 11). Click on the "WDS" link on the far right. Change the drop down menu to LAN and type in the WLAN MAC address of the Belkin. Click "Save Settings" button. You are done with the WRT54G.

Step 3) Clear all settings in the Belkin router by pushing in the reset button on the back and holding for 10 seconds. You will see all the lights blink green, then orange, then router will go back to normal with all factory settings.

Step 4) Connect to the 7230-4 with an ethernet cable directly from a computer (do not go from the WRT54G) and plug into one of the blue ports (not the green one). It is helpful if you are doing this on a different computer than the one the Linksys is connected to. You can now access the web-based interface through 192.168.2.1. Click on "Use as Access Point" on the menu at the left, then click "Enable". The new default IP address will be 192.168.2.254. You can change that 254 to whatever you like as long as it's less than 255. Remeber what you set it at, or you will be doing another hard reset. Click "Apply Changes", then change the address in you web browser to the new IP address (e.g. 192.168.2.254).

Step 5) You are now in the web-interface of the AP. Click on "Wireless Bridge" on the menu at the left. "Enable Wireless Bridging" should already be selected. Select "Enable Only Specific Access Points To Connect" as well, and put in the WLAN address of the WRT54G. Note: It is very important to be working with the WLAN address of both units, and NOT the LAN address. Click "Apply Changes". Lastly, make sure that the unit is on the same channel as what you set the Linksys to.

Step 6) Log out of the web-interface and unplug the power to the Belkin, wait a few seconds, and plug the power back in. The two units should now be bridged. To test it out, plug a separate computer into the the Belkin and see if you can access the internet or view files on the computer connected to the Linksys. No computer or other device needs to be plugged into the Belkin for it to be bridged, so it can sit in a closet or something if all you want to do is extend your wireless range.

The only problem I have is that once the Belkin is rebooted and bridged to the Linksys, I can no longer access the web-interface via 192.168.2.254. The only way I can get back into the Belkin is to do the hard reset, make my changes and go through steps 4, 5 & 6 again. If anyone solves this problem, let me know how.

Hope this helps someone!

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Sharing Wireless Connections - A legal perspective

A legal view in layman's terms The recent arrest of a Florida man on charges of unauthorized use of a wireless network could set legal ground rules for open Wi-Fi access.

A man sitting in a Chevy Blazer in a residential neighborhood reportedly was poking around nearby wireless networks in violation of computer crime laws, according to local police.

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This appears to be the first arrest in which the sole offense was allegedly accessing a wireless network without prior authorization, and it's already being viewed as a probable test case. CNET News.com interviewed legal scholars to ask what rules apply to Wi-Fi (also called 802.1x) hot spots.

Is it legal to use someone's Wi-Fi connection to browse the Web if they haven't put a password on it?
Nobody really knows. "It's a totally open question in the law," says Neal Katyal, a professor of criminal law at Georgetown University. "There are arguments on both sides."

That doesn't make much sense. Is there a specific law that regulates Wi-Fi access?
Sort of. The primary law is the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

You can read it for yourself, but the important part (check out paragraph (a)(2)) covers anyone who "intentionally accesses a computer without authorization or exceeds authorized access." Nobody knows exactly what that means in terms of wireless connections. The law was written in 1986 to punish computer hacking--and nobody contemplated 802.1x wireless links back then.

What do prosecutors think?
We asked the U.S. Justice Department on Thursday. A department representative who did not want to be quoted by name said, essentially, that it depends on the details of each case.

The representative said in an e-mail exchange: "Whether access is considered authorized can be determined in part by the precise circumstances of access, just as it would be in the physical world. The prosecutor and jury would look at how the access was accomplished and what was done with the access before definitively determining that it was unauthorized." In other words, the representative said, someone sitting in a company's parking lot at 3 a.m. for the sole purpose of network connectivity might be viewed as a lawbreaker.

Will we ever get a straight answer?
Yes, but expect it to take a while. "This is a problem with the way the legal system works," says Orin Kerr, a law professor at George Washington University who has written a detailed article on unauthorized network access. "Nobody knows how an ambiguous law works until a prosecution is brought and a court decides."

Alternatively, Congress could rewrite the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to clear things up, but nobody expects this to happen anytime soon.

How about sharing? Is it legal for me to share my cable modem or DSL connection with my neighbors?
In many cases the answer is no. It depends on the wording of your contract with your broadband provider. Many don't want you to share. As far back as 2002, Time Warner Cable was sending warnings to customers with open Wi-Fi access points, and a year later it sued an apartment complex on charges of illicit sharing. Also, AT&T Broadband has acknowledged monitoring customers for "inordinately high" usage.

"Our terms of service for Verizon Online DSL customers do prohibit them from sharing their connection," says Verizon spokeswoman Bobbi Henson. "The service is meant for use in one location, which would be their home."


What happens if someone does something unsavory with my Wi-Fi connection? Can I get in trouble?
This is another area of ambiguity. "I don't think you would ever be held vicariously liable for unwittingly allowing someone to use your network even if they're trafficking in child pornography. You're just considered a victim in that case," says Christian Genetski, an information security lawyer at Sonnenschein, Nath and Rosenthal. "It'd be different if you set up your own open relay server and looked the other way while spammers sent billions of messages through your open relay, and you were put on notice and did nothing to stop it."

Still, one reason to tighten up your Wi-Fi security is that an open wireless connection can be used for mischief. In September, a California man pleaded guilty to spamming people through open Wi-Fi hot spots.

Are state laws about unauthorized access different?
Yes, but often not in an important way. Genetski says that "as a general rule, most states model their computer crime laws after (the federal law)."

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I agree with most of what you posted.

I'll post back later tonight or tomorrow with some more detailed comments and then figure out how to incorporate in the posts

I've seen you post this information as part of other threads and have mostly agreed

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RightHere and hunter777 - no need for apologies.

A valuable and respectful discussion. And having it in this thread will help others find it

I've made the following changes in this thread

1. Changed the configuration post to included WPA2 and directly linked it the secuirty post. Included a note that indicates that only WPA2 should be considered secure

2. Updated the security post with the same caution about WEP and WPA.

3. Linked the security post to the this discussion

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I got few problems. I can't get any signal from my router, here is my setup:

I have SBC dsl, Netgear 614 G router, & 2 AirLink 101 G pci cards in two room. Each of these desktops approximately 75 feet from the router. Room1 is seperated by brick wall & Room2 is not.

Only one time in Room1 I got some signal for about 5 minutes then it died. Totally no signal in both room. It is difficult to wire the two rooms.

How can I get the signal? Is my router or wirless pci card could be bad? Will a signal booster be help? Please help, someone who had similar problem.

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1. Bring your gear into the same room. If you can get your devices to connect, then you hardware works
2. See this post for your alternatives, if you have good hardware
3. Please post back in a new thread (to better make your problem searchable by others and to avoid cluttering up this one). When you do, please include the details requested in sticky #1

Good luck!

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Bump,why isn't this staying on top,It was very helpful when I had a 169 IP problem.
Thanks ellory.

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I have verizon with a westell 2200 and a linksys router wrt54g trying to setup a wireless network between pc (wired) and 2 wireless laptops, all can see the router and each other but cannot access webpages through internet explorer, everything was setup according to instructions any help would be appreciated thanks

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I have verizon with a westell 2200 and a linksys router wrt54g trying to setup a wireless network between pc (wired) and 2 wireless laptops, all can see the router and each other but cannot access webpages through internet explorer, everything was setup according to instructions any help would be appreciated thanks

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1. See the post in this thread that talks about Special issues for Westell and Linksys
2. If that link doesn't solve your problem, be sure to post back with specifically which instructions you've followed


It may be helpful for you to start a new thread, as that will make your issue more visible

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Have a dilemma...got a 6000 square feet house and i want at least 75% wireless signal everywhere in the house. There are 2 floors and i have wood walls. I was thinking about buying the pre-n router from belkin however i called them and asked if i can have an access point to extend the signal however they said no because the pre-n isnt compatible with any access point and the only way i can extend the signal is to have 2 pre-n routers, however they have to be connected by a wire!!!! please let me know what i can do to set up my wireless network. Thanks.

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kahoots - please go to the first post in this thread and look for the link that says My wireless nework doesn't reach far enough

See if that helps. You might also want to follow the Basic Education links to some of the vendor network configuration wizards, but there may not be much information there, as you are pursuing a solution that pushes the technology

When you post back, it would be best if you create a new thread in this (Computer) forum, as the way this forum tends to operate is that threads like this are primarily used for reference and do not tend to be monitored for posting activity.

So, you'll get the fastest "service" by creating your own thread. (We tend to operate a little bit differently, and a lot politer than other FW forums)

Hope this helps

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Hi, when I go to 192.168.1.1, it will not recognize my user ID and password. Any thoughts? Thanks, mrbthree

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