BEFW11S4 connection

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by tomwazza, Jan 18, 2007.

  1. tomwazza

    tomwazza LI Guru Member


    I have no idea about networks and I'm trying to setup a wireless network so that my phone (Nokia n80 [has WiFi]) can access the internet connection i use for my PC.

    My isp is Orange, formally Wanadoo which was Freeserve, so i only have the supplied modem which is connected to PC via usb.

    So how do i connect it up and how do i set it all up.

    Sorry if this is a really stupid question.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated,


  2. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

  3. tomwazza

    tomwazza LI Guru Member

  4. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    Frankly, it's not very relevant to the issue at hand which modem model you have. If you want to connect it to your router, you need a modem that offers a LAN connection to the PC. If you look at your Linksys router, no USB port can be found anywhere.

    One simplest option is to call your ISP and have the modem replaced by one that does offer a LAN connection to a PC, which you can connect to the router which then acts as an Internet Gateway for your PC and WII to access the Internet. A typical router layout looks something like this: (image courtesy of Linksys before it is a Cisco subsidiary)


    If you are stuck with the equipment you have, the only way to attach the router is to the computer using a 2nd adapter on the computer (you need to add one yourself). Windows comes with a feature called Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) since Windows 98 Second Edition. The main purpose of ICS is to share your existing broadband connection on one computer (called Host) to a 2nd computer (known as client). The difference between this setup and having a router is that the host needs to be turned on since the Internet connection is made from the PC, whereas if you have the router acting as the Internet Gateway, your PC can be turned off since it is the router that manages the connection.

    The Linksys suggested answer I posted is to show you how to configure your PC as host and router as its client when you can't replace the modem, through the former the router will have Internet access and thus so will your WII.

    It is unfortunately you may need to dive into the deep end to have it setup, but if you take your time in getting it right, this could be a great learning opportunity. For a more detailed instructions (with some video illustrations) on setting up ICS, please see:

    Hope this works out for you.
  5. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    There is an alternative if you are stuck with your existing modem. It doesn't require any router, but it still involves ICS and all conditions in using it and only if Wii supports ad-hoc mode wireless connection:

    1. Add a wireless network adapter to your PC
    2. Configure ICS
    3. Setup an Ad-hoc mode wireless connection between your PC and Wii

    Infrastructure mode refers to a wireless connection between a wireless client and a wireless router or Access Point
    Ad-hoc mode refers to a direct wireless connection between 2 wirelesss clients (i.e., without a wireless router)

    By the way, welcome to
  6. tomwazza

    tomwazza LI Guru Member

    Thanks for all your help, im sure ill get it workin in the end lol :)
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