I purchased a new Desktop and have retained my old Desktop as a testing station. Neither are wireless capable so I got a wireless adaptor to allow it to connect to the wireless capable router.
So I have 1 Desktop connected by cable to the router, and 1 older Desktop connected wirelessly to the router, (like your laptop will be).
What I had to do:
Routers are different, but with my router, a Netgear WNR2000, I had to press a button on the router itself, within 60 seconds, to set up the wireless connection during the setup procedure. However, my two computers were side by side at the time, and I had my cabled computer up and running at the same time and had the router setup page displaying in the browser on that cabled computer. Since my router was a short distance away in another room, getting to it, pressing the button and racing back, all in 60 seconds, seemed like hard work.
I noticed an option in the cabled system's router setup page to "Click here" to confirm the other, wireless, settings. So I did!
You may not have to go through all that, so I can only suggest you read up in the manual what you need to do.
One thing I must suggest. Use WPA2 and a strong SSID password to set up the wireless connection.
Also, have you changed the password for accessing the router's setup page? My own router's default values were Admin for username, and Password for the password. You can't change the username, but that password needs changing to something stronger.
Hi--I am trying to do the following. I'm not sure where this winds up or if I'm missing a piece.
I am adding a wireless router (to be ordered) to my cable modem to broadcast that signal to my laptop.
My desktop is not a wireless computer, has no wi-fi capability per se, but I don't care if my desktop files, etc are accessible from the laptop. I'm simply trying to broadcast the cable system to my laptop, in another part of the residence, which laptop is a wi-fi capable computer, so that I can can access the internet on my laptop wirelessly.
With that said, does that work with just the router attached to the cable modem?
--Second, assuming that works, does the desktop have to be on for any reason, for the laptop to connect?