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Connecting router w/o computer

by emjay22 / August 14, 2006 3:26 AM PDT

Hi, I need to buy a router to connect to my modem so that I can get on the internet from my laptop. I do not have a regular desktop computer. So how do I know if a base computer is needed in order to set this up? I use optimum online internet. I just buy a router and then will be able to get connected? How do I change the settings on the router also?

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I'd follow the directions given with the router.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 14, 2006 3:32 AM PDT

I've set it up with a laptop before. But I just followed their directions. Some don't want to read them.


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Laptop/Wireless Setup
by kwkid / August 15, 2006 3:03 PM PDT

I suspect that your laptop has both a wireless connection and a wired connection. I haven't seen a laptop that didn't have a built-in Ethernet port in quite a few years. So, if worse comes to worse, you can temporarely hook up using an Ethernet cable to the router, set up everything, including the wireless portion, then shutdown your computer and restart, and try connecting via wireless. If it doesn't work, you can always hook back up via the cable and troubleshoot as necessary.

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