Connect router to apt bldg's (free) internet

December 3, 2010 at 09:40:53
Specs: Windows XP

I just moved into an apartment building that offers free internet. I can use an ethernet cable and attach it to my laptop and use the internet fine.

I recently bought a Linksys WRT54G2 router to connect wirelessly. The tech support guy gave me the apt's IP address, submask, gateway, Prim and sec DNS numbers.

I've connected the modem to the jack on the wall and connected my computer and router (slot 1) with another ethernet cord. My computer recognizes there's an internet connection (says local area connection is connected). But I can't browse the internet. How do I configure my computer and/or router so I can access internet and then secure my router and connect wirelessly?

Thanks so much. If I can figure this out, I can save $45 for the tech guy to come help me.

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December 3, 2010 at 10:26:30
You would follow the step by step setup in the routers manual.
You enter the provided information in the wan interface of the router.

Usually in your situation the ip address is via dhcp. Might want to confirm this with a ipconfig /all when connected to the internet. It will say dhcp yes or no.

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December 3, 2010 at 10:33:39
Thanks. I did that (created a static IP) address but was not able to connect wirelessly. I've also received error messages indicating the address I entered was the same as router's.

My LAN is currently running on DHCP. Do I need to make it static and enter the same numbers that were given to me?


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December 3, 2010 at 11:16:13
connect directly to the wall socket with no router.
post the results of an ipconfig /all for review so I know the true wan settings.

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December 3, 2010 at 13:52:15
Thanks. I figured it out. The settings the tech guy gave me had the same address as the router's. I changed the router's IP address, and renewed my internet IP address. I was then able to configure the network and enter all the information into the WAN interface.

Thanks again.

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