wireless connection to linksys from Inspiron laptop

Kelly L. Fulks kfulks at knology.net
Wed Mar 12 11:50:32 UTC 2008

I don't use LinkSys routers, but every router that I have seen allows
you to change the IP address that it uses.  If you change the IP address
on the router to 192.168.0.<something>, you will be able to use your
entire network as you did without changing those addresses.  It is
always easier to change one address than several, even if you leave the
default configuration.  You don't have to use DHCP to be able to talk
with the router, you just have to be on the same IP network.

Nigel Ridley wrote:
> Derek Broughton wrote:
>> Nigel Ridley wrote:
>>> I just got my Linksys WRT54GL delivered today and set it up to connect to
>>> a pppoe connection. The wired connection works as advertised (beware, if
>>> your pc/laptop is already configured with a static ip address, then you
>>> won't be able to connect using - I had to stick the
>>> Hardy live CD in and then it connected!!??).
>> What's with the ??  Of course it won't connect.  You can't have two devices
>> on the network with the same IP, and your WRT would need to use that static
>> IP address.  Of course, the simple solution would have been to just remove
>> all settings, and Network Manager (actually, dhclient) would have set you
>> up via DHCP.
> All our home network is configured using 192.168.0.xx not 192.168.1.xx
> It would seem that the Linsys router would only 'talk' to a computer 
> that was set up with DHCP.
> The simpler solution to reconfiguring my computer's ip settings was to 
> stick in the Hardy 'Desktop' CD and run it 'live'.
>>> Anyway, I now want to be able to set up my Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop to
>>> connect to the router. I installed wicd and removed KNetworkManager and
>>> KWlan, but wicd says that there are no wireless connections available.
>> So why would you uninstall the supported and (mostly) functional network
>> manager for an unsupported program?  I'm not saying that it's a bad idea -
>> I've finally got frustrated enough with NM to give wicd another try - but
>> if you know nothing about wireless, jumping in with unsupported software is
>> a really bad start.  For most users, NM works just fine.
> I returned to using KNetworkManager and it works flawlessly :-)
> I have yet to try it in a 'roaming' situation...
> Blessings,
> Nigel

Kelly L. Fulks
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near Huntsville, AL

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