In which I – finally – get the broadband working again. …
It started yesterday after I got home from my aunt's. I just set her up with a web-cam and a skype account so she could talk to her niece in Australia. She'd seen how it worked for us with the brother. I brought my laptop along so I could test things and show her how to make and receive calls. And while I couldn't connect to her wireless network I was able to use a patch lead.
I got home and tried to connect to my own network, which worked but no internet :confused: Time for more tech support 🙄 I started checking network settings on the laptop and repairing the connection, nothing. Then I checked Mam's laptop to she if she could connect, no joy there either.
Then I moved on to the wireless router. Everything looked ok so I thought something might need a reset. First thing was the connection between the router and the "broadband box". I hit the renew button in the routers configuration page and that seemed to hang. So I plugged out the broadband box, waited a minute and then plugged it back in. Which also had no effect. In fact I seemed to have knackered things completely.
It was also getting quite late so I decided to call it a night and tackle it again the next day. Turns out that I ended up spending my morning finding an open petrol station and buying a new car battery first, but that's another story :whistle:
With a job like this it's best to break things down into separate stages and tackle them one at a time. So I plugged my laptop directly to the "broadband box" with an ethernet cable and tried to connect. First I had to repair the network connection on the laptop to get it to see the box, then power-cycle the box to get that to connect to the internet. But at last I was on-line.
Before I go any further I should mention two windows tools that I was using to check my network settings and connection. Both are run from the command prompt.
ipconfig shows you your TCP/IP settings and will also let you refresh them.
ping is used to test if one network device can communicate with another.
I was using them regularly to see what was going on.
Once I was happy that was working I shifted attention to the wireless router. This still seemed to be locked up trying to connect to the box, so I reset the wireless router (using the reset button on the back). But once that was done I could see from the routers status display that it and box were talking to each other. :hat:
Then I plugged my laptop into the router, resetting wiped out all the wireless setup so I had to use the cable, repaired the connection on the laptop again and proceeded to configure the router.
FINALLY I plugged out the cable and tried to connect to the wireless network. Success! I checked Mam's laptop and it was working too.
Now that I'm back I can post some Christmas photos. I won't add any here, this is getting far to long, but you can go have a look in the new album.