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Simultaneous Access

by HKmark / November 1, 2005 10:07 AM PST

I have two notebooks, one Packard Bell Easynote and the other a Fujisu Lifebook, each operating with XP Home. I wish to be able to share broadband access simultaneously. The wireless router is an Orinoco BG2000. Either of the laptops can connect independantly, but not at the same time. Can anyone help?

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How customized is your Router setup
by SonChaser / November 4, 2005 5:50 AM PST
In reply to: Simultaneous Access

I had this happen to me one time and the issue was that I setup static IPs for my PCs, only to discover that I had given the same IP to 2 of the PCs, therefore causing your situation. It's a shot in the dark...hope it works.

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Thanks for reply.
by HKmark / November 6, 2005 12:17 PM PST

Have checked settings of router and it is set to automatic assign IP addresses to LAN wireless devices. So it seems unlikely that either of the two devices will have the same IP

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That's one end, what about the other?
by linkit / November 6, 2005 1:39 PM PST
In reply to: Thanks for reply.

So the router automatically assigns IP addresses to each computer via DHCP. Is the network adapter on each computer set to allow the router to assign its IP address?

Open the properties window for the network adapter.
Double-click on "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)"

Do you "Obtain an IP address automatically"?

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by HKmark / November 7, 2005 10:50 AM PST

Hi, thanks for your contribution. Double checked settings at both ends...everything seems to be set up correctly for both laptops and the router. Both laptops connect to router but cannot connct to internet at same time. Will keep working on it.

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router firmware version
by linkit / November 7, 2005 11:52 AM PST
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What is the firmware version on the router?

1.1.4 (May 29, 2003)
1.1.3 (Nov. 25, 2002)
1.1.2 (Oct 2, 2002)

It looks like version 1.1.3 may solve this problem. I would download and install the latest version (1.1.4) and go from there. See:

Also, make sure the drivers on your network adapters are up to date. Then restart/reboot the modem, router, all computers.

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Router firmware updated.
by HKmark / November 8, 2005 10:15 PM PST

Hi ,have updated firmware as suggested. Still have same problem, although I noticed that if either of the laptops is in the same room as the router, then sometimes they can be connected at the same time. We have broadband TV connected to the modem, i am wondering if it is hogging bandwidth, preventing multiple connections. I could upgrade the bandwidth from 2Mbp/s to 8Mb/s, maybe that would solve the problem.

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(NT) (NT) try to disconnect your TV, see what happened.
by Melati Hitam / November 9, 2005 2:26 AM PST
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Broadband TV.
by HKmark / November 12, 2005 10:29 AM PST

Had already considered this, but thanks anyway. I feel now that the problem is not so much in the settings but in the share of resources. Both laptops connect at same time as long as they are both in the same room as the router and the BB TV is off. If TV is on, then only one laptop can connect. I would have thought that 2Mb/s would have been enough for 2 laptops to connect simultaneously anywhere in the apartment, but apparently not. Will upgrade to 8Mb/s BB and see if that solves the problem. Thanks to everyone who replied.

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