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Ethernet connection to Internet problem.

by i_facebooked_your_mom / June 16, 2008 8:54 PM PDT

Hi. For a while now I've been using wireless to connect my laptop to the Internet. The router i have is a BT voyager 2091. I was interested to know whether connecting my laptop to the router via a Ethernet cable would speed my Internet connection up. The problem I'm having is once I've attached the cable to router and laptop, the router has a green light on saying it's recognised the Ethernet cable, but when i try to get online, nothing happens.

Any help would be appreciated, Thanks.

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Generally. . .
by Coryphaeus / June 16, 2008 10:18 PM PDT

router speed is many times faster than broadband. Wireless G is 54 Mb/s, wireless N is around 100 Mb/s. Wired LAN is 100 Mb/s. All much faster than DSL or cable.

You might try running the Network Setup Wizard with the cable plugged in.

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Agree with other post except for one possibility
by Steven Haninger / June 17, 2008 2:08 AM PDT

Depending on how your wireless is set up, it may contain a little more overhead than wired. By this I mean data that's used between the wireless devices for security and receipt acknowledgments and not such that's useful to you. That increased overhead won't be that significant in most cases. You will need to look at your router settings and network setting on your PC to get the wired side working. Shut off the radio on the laptop to do this. Make sure you have a means to get an IP address that matches the range of that in the router. You can do this statically or let the router give you an address. Try pinging the router. If no internet. If you know your ISPs server address(s), you can ping these. reply = no internet.

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by i_facebooked_your_mom / June 17, 2008 7:25 PM PDT

Thanks for the replies.

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