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Unable to configure Dell to relay TV-Cable WiFi for Hotspot

by jimwg / June 11, 2012 10:23 AM PDT

I checked your Q&A first but it only confounds my so baffling issue!

I have a Dell 260 and a Buffalo "n" type wireless router. Our Dell, via its WiFi dongle, receives WiFi from the wireless router of a cable TV box. I wish to, via a Ethernet cable to the Dell, use the Buffalo router to create a public hotspot outside. I am having massive difficulties setting up network connections. Please take a look:

Buffalo router's IP: (ON) (OFF)

LAN of High Speed Internet

Connection One (the one receiving WiFi from TV cable box router)
Network 39FE
IP Address
Subnet Mask
Default Gateway
DHCP Server
DNS Server
Activity Sent 8,916 Received 6,883

CAL9000 (name of Dell) (Is this Ethernet to the Buffalo router?)
(Obtain IP automatically)
Subnet Mask
Activity Sent 6 Received 0

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!


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by sunwatcher / June 11, 2012 11:59 AM PDT

What you want to try to set up is Internet Connection Sharing. I've had luck with it, others haven't. It might be a little tricky to set up, but it should work.

On the Dell, go to the Network and Sharing Center in the Control Panel. Select Change Adapter Settings, then choose the Local Area Connection. In the Sharing tab is where you will allow the Buffalo router to have access to the internet through the Dell's wireless connection. The WAN port on the router should be connected to the Dell's ethernet port.

Google "ICS" for more info.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 11, 2012 12:13 PM PDT

I would never connect to the WAN port of the router. All those NATs create a mess.

Google this.



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