wireless connection to linksys from Inspiron laptop

Nigel Ridley nigel at rmk.co.il
Wed Mar 12 14:25:03 UTC 2008

Kelly L. Fulks wrote:
> 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.

But, the catch was that I couldn't connect to the router using from my statically assigned 192.168.0.xx box in order to 
change the ip address of the router - I had to use a 'live' CD with DHCP 
in order to access the router to begin with.

> 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

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