I bought a Linksys WRT54GS wireless router and a WMP54GS wireless NIC so I would not have to run wires to my computer when I get broadband cable service. I have Windows XP.
While waiting the several days for for the ISP to activate the connection to my house, I thought I would see if I could get the wireless link to work. I have not had much luck.
Should it be possible for me to see the router through the wireless link the way I can through an ethernet cable? So far, all I get is a NIC icon with a red X on it in the tray. If I select "View Available Wireless Networks" from the icon menu, and then click "Refresh network list", it tells me "No wireless networks were found in range". I did set the channel in the device manager properties to the same as the router configuration.
Is it necessary for there to be a live Internet connection on the other side of the router before the wireless part will work? The card works because I put it in a computer at work and it saw the wireless network there.