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Trouble setting up a home network

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Registered: ‎09-15-2009

Trouble setting up a home network

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I have the Actiontec M1424-WR router.  I am trying to set up a home network with a Desktop on XP and a Laptop on Vista.


I have been able to creat a network if the Desktop and Laptop are both connected to the Router with Cat5 Cables.


I can not set up a network if I have the Desktop connected via the Cat5 and the Laptop using the Wireless Card.


I've called VZ, won't help.  I've emailed Actiontec, couldn't help.  I've Googled etc.  I'm stumped!  This can't be a unique situation.


If anyone can help it would be much appreciated. 



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Silver Contributor III
Posts: 412
Registered: ‎05-01-2009

Re: Trouble setting up a home network

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By Default the Actiontec will have Wireless Enabled with WEP Protection.


The Network Name (SSID) and Passcode (WEP Key) are printed on  a sticker which is on the Router.


I do not have a Vista Machine up and running at the moment so I can not give you exact instructions to do the conenction.  If you do a search on the forum you may find the connection instructions. 



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Registered: ‎07-10-2009

Re: Trouble setting up a home network

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Log on to the computer.


Click the Start button ‌, and then click Connect To.


Choose the wireless network from the list that appears, and then click Connect.


Type the security key (which is the WEP key stamped on the Routers tag) and then click OK.

You will see a confirmation message when you are connected to the network.

To confirm that you added the computer, do the following:

Open Network by clicking the Start button and then clicking Network.

You should see the icons for the computer you added and for the other computers and devices that are part of the network.

Side note:It’s important to use the same workgroup name for all of the computers on your network. This makes it possible for computers running different versions of Windows to detect and access each other. Remember that the default workgroup name is not the same in all versions of Windows.

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