I am completely new to the concept of wireless internet and both the terminology and technology involved, so please forgive me for asking probably stupid questions. Please also forgive me for being long-winded in my explanation, but I hope if I explain things as clearly as I can, someone may be able to help me.
I have a Belkin ADSL Modem with Wireless-G Router (# F5D7632uk4) and want to set this up on my computer so that I can connect my son's computer wirelessly to the internet.2 main problems here: 1) When connecting to the internet via said modem/router, my internet connection kept dropping after about an hour or so and I couldn't work out how to get it back. It just seemed to work again when it felt like it.
2) I'm completely confused as to how to share my internet connection (when it does work) with my son's computer. The user manual that came with the modem/router tells me how to configure the router (and yes, I checked that all my settings were correct), but I couldn't find any explanation on how to get my son's computer to wirelessly share my internet connection.
We both have network cards in our computers - mine's a Desktop Network PCI card, so I can connect the modem/router to my computer, his is a Wireless Desktop Network card with one of those black aerial things sticking out the back, which is meant to connect a desktop PC to a wireless network. Both cards are made by Belkin.
We use different operating systems (my computer is on WinXP, his on WinMe) but I checked thoroughly via WinXP's troubleshooter for incompatibilities and didn't find any.
I got everything working on my computer, but although his computer detected my internet connection, nothing happened when he tried to browse the internet. So... I ran the WinXP network setup wizard on my computer, made a network setup disk as instructed, ran the network setup disk on his computer - and then my internet connection dropped completely and I couldn't get it back. I now found that I couldn't access the router setup interface by typing 192.168.2.1 into my browser, either.
I ran the XP networking troubleshooter again and this is where I got completely confused. The troubleshooter informed me that I should have two network connections - an internet connection and a LAN connection. (Seefor details of what has me confused!) What baffles me is that I thought my modem/router was supposed to be an internet connection AND the way to connect my son's computer wirelessly to the internet. I don't have a separate LAN connection to the best of my knowledge. The result of using the XP troubleshooter was that I could *either* get my computer to connect to the internet *or* get my son's computer to recognize a network connection between our computers - but not both. If someone could explain things to me in very simple terms, I would really appreciate it!