Internet wired, printer wireless

August 28, 2008 at 17:29:24
Specs: XP, 512 Ram
I am hard wired to my cable modem for internet access. I recently purchased a printer with wireless capabilities, installed a router/wireless access point near the printer and a wireless adapter in my desktop to access the printer from the router. While the desktop adapter is plugged in, I can print just fine but cannot get the internet. If I unplug the adapter, I get the internet fine. My question is: How do I tell Internet Explorer to use my wired connection for access instead of the wireless access card, since the modem is not connected to the router/access point? In summary, they both work separately but not together. I think Internet Explorer is trying to access internet from the wrong connection.

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August 28, 2008 at 18:25:53
You only need one NIC in the PC. It can be wireless or wired. Now that you have the router, your PC has to be connected to it, one way or another, wired or wireless.

Modem > Router > All Devices that have an IP address.

That includes the printer. The cat5 in the modem has to go to the router now, not the PC.
Then you can connect the PC, wired or wireless but both can't be enabled.

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August 29, 2008 at 08:59:27
"I think Internet Explorer is trying to access internet from the wrong connection."

Usual reason for this to happen is you have a gateway entry for the wireless connection. You should only have a gateway entry on the nic with the internet connection.

You should be able to use both wired and wireless at the same time if only one has a gateway entry.

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September 15, 2008 at 17:31:57
I want to thank you both for your replies. The problem has been solved (by removing the gateway from the wireless connection.) Thanks for that bit of advice. Sorry it took so long to get back to you. A little thing called "Gustav" happened around here.

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September 15, 2008 at 19:05:33
I'm glad it's working and Gustav is gone.

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