Avoid network adapter and go directly to router

March 8, 2015 at 08:48:39
Specs: Macintosh
I am connected to the cox wireless router through some Belkin adapter to the network and I want to go directly to the cable wireless router from my mac laptop. How can I avoid his PC Belkin network. I am the one paying for the internet connection.

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March 8, 2015 at 09:03:31
Does not the Mac have an ethernet port? Mine does.

And presumably the router has at least one?

So simply connect the router to the Mac directly with a standard ethernet/cat-5 cable.

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March 8, 2015 at 09:26:14
The cat cable method suggested above will work, but it you want portability, we'll need more info. What kind of Belkin adapter are you asking about? Is the adapter connected to your computer or the Cox router?

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March 8, 2015 at 09:50:54
I'm reading the Belkin part as a usb adapter, something like this:


Why to use even that for wifi in this case is beyond me, as the Mac has both wifi and ethernet functionality built-in.

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March 8, 2015 at 16:06:31
My mac has a wireless router built in but for some reason it appears as if my internet connection goes through a belkin N150 Wi-Fi USB Adapter through a Windows PC in some sort of home or vpn The Belkin is not connected to the cox box.

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March 8, 2015 at 16:21:33
It sounds as though you may be in a sharing mode with the windows PC for internet access; possibly via Internet Connection Sharing?

If you switch off the windows PC presumably you lose internet access?

And why is there a windows computer involved at all?

Can you access (physically) the incoming router?

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March 8, 2015 at 20:12:38
We need to be clear about terms. No mac comes with a wireless router built in. They do come with a wireless interface for access other wireless devices.

To be helped we need an articulate explanation of what connects to what on the way to the internet.

Perhaps then we can offer advice you can find useful.

Answers are only as good as the information you provide.
How to properly post a question:
Sorry no tech support via PM's

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March 15, 2015 at 17:04:59
It is my lack of knowledge that reflects the spotty information I have provided. As I understand it, my x-husband's Gateway PC does't have a wireless connection so he needs the Belkin wireless adapter to access the internet. If I pull the Belkin USB out of his computer, I can still access the internet directly through the Cox box, I assume. If I do that, my internet is much faster. It may be that he has remote access or I am sharing on one of my Mac users. I wiped this macbook pro and installed two profiles, one with administrative privileges. My 11-year old son prematurely jumped on my user and downloaded all of his fun gaming and sites so I created a third user and gave it administrative privileges. Now, my current administrative user suddenly can't change anything related to or accessing the third user's account even though I created it. We are probably sharing somehow. I was thinking that perhaps the Belkin on the PC is set up as the primary device/access point and my tablet, x-box, wii and macbook are connected secondary devices whereas I would like to be connected to Cox box. Does that make any sense?

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March 15, 2015 at 18:07:15
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.

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