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Niso Levitas · 08-03-2002 · Category: Guides

Preparing your Ethernet/Router Connection for Windows XP


Most of the cable companies connect your PC to cable so it is not a problem. Only if YOU

  1. changed your network card
  2. bought a new PC
  3. changed your cable modem
  4. Bought a router or combo device to share your internet.
  5. Your cable company doesn't provide software configuration service or provide it with an extra charge.

After connecting everything and turning everything on, including the PC, locate your cable companies technical support number and account information. Sometimes they find your account using the phone number you supplied when registering. Get comfortable and turn on your TV or grab a magazine because most of the time, they make you wait. Now you need the MAC Address of the device you will connect to internet. Every network card and router has one unique MAC Address. Tech support will ask for it. Their system will recognize your connection from that unique address. Most of the time, they will tell you how to find it. But I will explain how you can find it and the renew-release procedure to connect instantly.

If you connect only one PC and/or share it over that PC, you just need the MAC address of the second ethernet card you connected to cable modem. If you are connecting a router and sharing your connection, you just need to give the routers MAC address. Tech support may ask you for every computers network card address, but you don't need to give all numbers to them. Only if you are sharing that connection by primitive "changing the cable" method you have to give them all the addresses. This is how to find MAC addresses and establish a connection for Windows 98SE. You should locate the MAC Address before calling them.

For XP unfortunately, it is a little harder than Windows 98. Let's say, no graphic interface. Funny isn't it? Actually you may download and install the GUI (Graphics User Interface version). I will explain both methods.

Standard Method

  1. Click Run on start menu.
  2. Type command and press enter.
  3. Type ipconfig /ALL and press enter.
  4. Choose your Ethernet card which is connected to cable modem. If you are sharing your connection by a second ethernet card you may see both devices. You have to tell the MAC Address of the Ethernet card which is connected to the cable modem. On the command screen the MAC address is called Physical address.

  5. Don't close the command mode. We are not done yet.
  6. Tell the address to tech support. They may tell you to restart. Most of the times, it is not necessary.
  7. On the command mode type ipconfig /release. After it came back type ipconfig /renew. Then try to start your Internet browser and try to connect to a site.
  8. If it doesn't work, restart the system and try to browse internet again. If it doesn't work try the release - renew operation again and try to browse Internet.
  9. If it still doesn't work , either you are giving the wrong card's MAC Address, or that card is not properly configured. If you are sure of those, you may give the tech guy a hard time now.

GUI Method

  1. Download easy IP Configuration utility from here.
  2. Double click on the file where you downloaded. Either install in a directory , easy for you to reach, or install on default directory and on start Menu click run and type "C:\Program Files\Resource Kit\wntipcfg.exe"
  3. On utility - choose your ethernet card which is connected to cable modem. If you are sharing your connection by second ethernet card you may see both devices. You have to tell the MAC Address of the ethernet card which is connected to the cable modem.

  4. MAC Address is the number combination you will see on the Adapter address box.

  5. Tell it to the guy. They may tell you to restart. Most of the times, it is not necessary. After clicking on release button. Wait for a few seconds and click on renew button. Then try to start your Internet browser and try to connect to a site.
  6. If it doesn't work, restart the system and try to browse internet again. If it doesn't work again, start winipcfg and try the release - renew operation again and try to browse Internet. If it doesn't work, either you are giving the wrong card's MAC Address, or that card is not properly configured. If you are sure of those, you may give the tech guy a hard time now.

FOR ROUTER

  1. First of all, you should read the manual. This changes router to router. I will just give you the quick tips.
  2. There has to be a default IP number which you may find in the manual.
  3. Type that number in your Internet browser. A menu will come up. On that administration menu, type the default password that you will find in the manual.

  4. On the first page you will find MAC Address. Tell it to the tech-guy.
  5. They may tell you to restart. Before doing that first click on release button.

  6. Wait for a few second and click on renew button. Check on the router configuration menu if DHCP is enabled.

  7. If it is not, enable it and click save. Restart your PC
  8. Then try to start your Internet browser and try to connect to a site. If it doesn't work, repeat step 4. Try to browse internet again. If it doesn't work, either cables are not properly connected or cable modem and/or router is not on. If you are sure of those, you may give the tech guy a hard time now.

If it is successful, you don't need to configure any computer connected to that router. If your computer is not set for Dial-up, you are all set. If you are previously set one of your computers for Dial-Up,

  1. Start Internet Explorer
  2. On menu toolbar click on Tools - Internet Options.

  3. On Connections Tab click on Never Dial a connection option.

Contents

  1. Basic Network Setup for Windows XP
  2. How to Find and Connect Shared Folders and Printer
  3. Preparing Dial-up Connections for Windows XP
  4. Preparing your Ethernet/Router Connection for Windows XP