Originally Posted by AgNuke1707
The Router she is using is a NETGEAR router with 4 LAN ports and 1 INTERNET port. The wireless adaper is a 54 Mbps NETGEAR. The modem itself has only two outlet ports - 1 ethernet and one USB 2.0.
I tried the hub thing before with a linksys hub, but it didn't work (I even tried using a crossover cable from the modem to the router and the hub...)
The cable company has only assigned one IP address the apartment, though. Would I have to share this connection or forward the IP or something of that nature do you think?
Your model router will handle this through a technology callet network address translation (NAT). This means your machines will be given an ip address in the 192.168.1.2 - 192.168.1.254 range (which are reserved for private networks)
Thanks for any help...
Great, you've got the hardware for the job...
Basic config.. plug the internet port of the router into the modem etherner, and the emac ethernet into the ethernet on the router. I'm sure you've done this already, as the 192.168.1.2 address infers it's got a connection to the router (but only the router).
Step 2: Debug the wireless connection. (and set up wireless security)
XP wireless connections are not as simple to add as they are under OSX, especially when a security protocol is enabled.
Use the emac and pull up a browser. Go to http://www.routerlogin.net/
The router intercepts this request and brings up the router's embedded web server
Username and password for the router will BOTH be the word admin.
In the menu there will be an option called "wireless"
Change the name (SSID) to something meaningfull. It IS case sensitive.
WEP is the easiest security protocol to administer (also the least secure, but adequate).
Choose it. (with 40 or 64 bit strength)
You should now be able to select "shared key" on the wireless setup page, then key in 10 digits of hex (characters 0-9 and a-f, which forms the access key, a password of sorts) If you chose 104 or 128 bit strength this would be 26 characters... whatever you chose, write it down.
Once that's accepted, you can jump onto your xp box, and double click the wireless icon on the task bar.
On the right hand side of the available wireless networks window, hit change advanced settings. Choose the wireless networks tab. Down at preferred networks, hit add.
Enter in the network name (SSID) you chose earlier (case sensitive, remember).
Choose WEP, with shared authentication. Turn off "Key is automatically provided for me" and then type in the network key you chose in the boxes provided. Keep ad-hoc off. Hit ok, and assuming you got everything right it should automatically connect.
Yay, your xp box connects to your router (not the internet yet). What a mission. Of course you could do it without security, but then again, your neighbour could then use your internet...
check the connection by using a browser and going to http://www.routerlogin.net/
and logging in.
Now to fix your internet connection:
Fill out the basic settings tab as required by your isp, as if this config was for a computer.
Once these are applied, go to the router status page. If the routers IP is 0.0.0.0 then it's not connecting to your router at all. In not, check for internet connectivity on the web. If it works, Yay, if not then check your basic setups, and post the router's IP address along with the cable modem's model number on this forum, and I can guide you through the last bits.