Unable to Connect 2nd PC with MN 500 Router

Discussion in 'Broadband Hardware' started by ..., Jul 16, 2007.

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    ... Guest

    I've been using MN-500 Microsoft Router with Windows XP Pro. When I upgraded
    to Vista Ultimate, the settings stayed within the router since I was able to
    connect to it using the #1 of 4 Ethernet Connection port and login to it's
    main page: However, after upgrading to Vista, I am unable to
    connect other pc's using the other 3 connections. There is nowhere within
    the router itself to disable any of the 4 ethernet connections, and I am
    wondering whether Vista doesn't permit me to connect my laptop.

    Are there any settings that need to apply in Vista so I can use the
    remaining ethernet connections of my router?

    My main PC is Vista Ult. connected via Cable > Router: Ethernet connection
    #1 > PC.
    My laptop is Windows XP Pro and I'm trying to connect it via ethernet with
    any of remaining 3 ethernet connections on the MN-500.
    Since I'm able to connect to the internet and I'm able to go into the
    router's settings via, should I still install the MSBN software?
    So far the only option that requires the software is to upgrade the router's
    firmware, but I had already installed the latest firmware for my router when
    I had XP Pro.

    Thanks in advance.
    ..., Jul 16, 2007
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    Rick Rogers Guest


    There's nothing in Vista that would cause the router to not allow
    connections on the other channels. That configuration data is in the router
    itself, it's not controlled by Windows. Make sure it is set for dynamic
    addressing (DHCP) and that security features like defining access by mac
    address are not turned on at this point.

    Have you checked that the Vista machine will connect on any port? If it will
    not, then there is a problem with the router.

    Best of Luck,

    Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
    My thoughts http://rick-mvp.blogspot.com
    Rick Rogers, Jul 16, 2007
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    Barb Bowman Guest

    try http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/928233/en-us

    if this does not help, it's really time to purchase a new router as
    the 500 is now non supported.


    Barb Bowman
    MS Windows-MVP
    Barb Bowman, Jul 16, 2007
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    Gary Tsang Guest

    Are you sure you haven't gone out of your way to disable DHCP on computers
    you are trying to connect to the other 3 ports?

    If you plugged whatever is plugged into port 1 into another port, you'll
    likely find that it still works. That would definitely indicate that it is
    an issue on the computers you are trying to connect.

    Gary Tsang

    Microsoft MVP - Windows Media Center
    Gary Tsang, Jul 16, 2007
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    ... Guest

    It was down to the wiring.
    I originally had a very long network cable that was in two pieces connected
    together with a network coupler.
    I decided to shorten the cable since I didn't need it to be so long and
    disconnected from the coupler.
    The connection didn't work with one cable, however when I made the cable
    longer with the coupler, network connection was up and running again. I
    think the coupler made the wire cross cable(forgot types of network cables)
    and now its works as a charm.

    Thanks for your input tho.
    ..., Jul 18, 2007
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    Gary Tsang Guest

    Gary Tsang, Jul 19, 2007
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