January 22, 2010

How to Connect a Laptop to your Access Protected Wireless Home Network

So you were able to successfully setup your wireless router to implement access control in your wireless home network thanks to the help of useful information that you were able to get from the Internet. Now comes a friend with his laptop computer who unfortunately could not make an Internet connection using your wireless network. You tell your friend politely that your wireless router is setup to control which computer will be able to use your Internet connection.

But how would you allow your friend's laptop computer to access your wireless network? Well, you have already made your own desktop and a few of your family's laptop computers to access your Internet connection so there won't be a problem to add your friend's laptop computer to the list of computers allowed to access your wireless network.

But since you really did not make an effort to memorize how the procedure is implemented, you wonder how you would be able to connect your friend's laptop computer now to your acces control protected wireless home network. You used some web sites from the Internet to guide you on how you included your family's computers to the list of those allowed to make use of your Internet connection. Unfortunately, you forgot to bookmark the links to those web sites so now you're at a loss on where to find a similar guidance to help you make your wireless network accessible to your friend's laptop computer.

So this article is just to refresh your memory on how you add a friend's laptop computer to the list of computers in your wireless router that are allowed to make an Internet connection using your home wireless network. There are basically three major steps that you need to take to ensure that your friend's laptop computer will be able to access your wireless network. You get the machine address of your friend's laptop computer, access your wireless router and add the machine address to the list of computers allowed to access your network, and you setup your friend's laptop computer with the name and password of your wireless network.

Get hold of your friend's laptop computer and open a command prompt window by typing the word command on the search box on top of the computer's start button. At the command prompt window, type the command ipconfig /all and press the enter key. Look for the information regarding the computer's wireless adapter and get its machine address. The command prompt calls this data the physical address of the wireless adapter and it contains six pairs of numbers and letters. Copy this data on a piece of paper so that you can refer to it in the next step.

Access your wireless router from your computer using the Internet Protocol address that you type on the address bar of your router. If your wireless router is a DLink DIR-300 router, then you need to type http://192.168.0.1 and press the enter key. Type in your user name and password to open the wireless router's setup pages. Look for the page where you type the machine addresses of your family's computers. In the DIR-300, you would need to click on the Advanced link at the top of the page and then click on Access Control on the sidebar.

Add the machine address of your friend's laptop computer to the list of computers allowed to access your wireless network. On the DLink DIR-300, don't forget to put a check mark beside the machine address that you have just added. Double check that you have entered the machine address correctly and then save the settings. You can now exit from your wireless router configuration interface.

Get hold of your friend's laptop computer and find where wireless network connection is setup. For Vista computers, open the control panel and click on the Network and Internet link. Click on the Connect to a network link and select the name of your wireless home network. Enter the password for your wireless network and go on completing the setup by following the flow of the setup wizard. Test if your friend's laptop computer can now access the Internet.

If there is a problem go back to your friend's laptop computer and check again if you have the correct physical address number. Compare the number with what is typed on the access control setup page of your wireless router. Correct the entry if you have mistyped the numbers and letters on the setup page. For DIR-300 wireless router, you should have included a colon between the pairs of numbers and letters.

So that is how you connect your friend's laptop computer to your access control protected wireless home network.

Read my other article on how to surf the Internet faster by using OpenDNS on your DLink DIR-300 wireless router at : http://publishtoweb.blogspot.com/2011/12/surf-internet-faster-by-using-opendns.html.

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Read my article on what you can do if your Vista password stops working and you have only one log on account in your laptop at: http://sites.google.com/site/ournewapproach/what-to-do-if-your-vista-password-stops-working-and-you-only-have-one-log-on-account.

Read my article on how you can access your DLink DIR-300 wireless router from the Internet at: http://publishtoweb.blogspot.com/2010/01/how-you-can-access-your-dlink-dir-300.html.  

Read my other article on how come your Vista laptop using a DLink DIR-300 wireless router cannot connect to the Internet at: http://publishtoweb.blogspot.com/2010/11/my-gateway-vista-laptop-using-dlink-dir.html.

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