|I appreciate that computer "stuff" - not the least connecting to the internet etc. - is often more than a little konphusing at times... So don't feel you're alone on that; it is (was) for many of us (initially)... If I read your information correctly... |
The Belkin wifi adapter (sometimes referred to as dongle) was plugged into a desktop computer? Removing that disables the wifi connection to that PC). That Belkin usb "dongle" was there to provide a wifi connection between the Cox box and that PC. Many "older" computers (tower/desktop style) and some "older" laptops did not have built-inwifi adapters/cards. For Tower/desktops one either installed a plug-in card - which had a stubby antenna attached to it, or used a usb adapter to the same end. And for laptops there was the usb option of course, and one other slot style adapter (but no need to go into that arcane topic now).
If you connect that PC to the Cox box with an ethernet cable (aka category-5/cat-5 cable) then yes the connection will be faster (or ought to be); and similarly for any other computer connected that way (via a cat-5 cable).
You are using a Macbook Pro; and have a few other "gadgets..."?
The Macbook can connect via ethernet or wifi; and likely most of your "gadgets" will be wifi only. Cat-5 is essentially connect and go; wifi may require a little more effort...
Simply connect the Macbook with an ethernet/.cat-5 cable and you're on-line that way.
To use wifi you need to know the SSID of your Cox box (the name the Cox box transmits/radiates as a wifi signal to identify itself in the list of available wifi access points in your immediate area). Also the access key (sometimes referred to - incorrectly - as the password...). Once you now both of those you can connect to the Cox wifi service from Macbook Pro and any other wifi gadgets.
Hopefully the above clarifies a little (at least) what you appear to have; how it works; and how to get the Macbook connected by cat-5 at least. The other PC will also work if connected via cat-5 to the Cox box (or ought to).
Wifi for Macbook and assorted gadgets - you may need a little more input; and we will need to now the model of your Cox box...
Without knowing a few other things about the setup on the PC it's not easy to determine if it was setup to provide Internet Connection Sharing or not; although I seriously doubt it. ICS (Internet Connection Sharing) usually is set up to work with wired (cat-5) connections across a network; setting it up for wifi is not common and I seriously doubt it was on this occasion (In fact I can't recall ever seeing it done..).
Prior to your rebuilding the Macbook Pro system,how did you connect it to the internet (Cox box)? Was it via wifi or cat-5/ethernet?
If you can clarify how you had the Macbook connected to the internet - prior to wiping/re-instaling it; and also how both the Macbook and PC connect to the internet "now"..., then likely pholks here can resolve the connection issues for the wifi side of things; as obviously the cat-5/ethernet approach is "connect and go".
Hopefully the earlier part of this post clarifies/explains what you appear to have had initially - re' the usb dongle etc...?
Then perhaps the problems with Admin accounts can be addressed/resolved.