Hello Collective Wisdom,
I'm new here, and hoping people might have some ideas for me. My co-op building has a home network spread over 3 floors + basement, supporting at 1/2 dozen (+) computers. I'm the default IT person, computer-literate but not a lot of hands-on experience with networking. ISP is ComCast, via cable.
When the previous cable modem got flaky & died, we went to BestBuy and grabbed a LinkSys WCG200 Wireless-G Cable Gateway. I read the instructions, unplugged the old unit and plugged in the new one. After registering the new unit's MAC address with our ISP (ComCast), I then asked my Mac OSX laptop to find & connect to the network. And I'm on. Did the same thing with the other Mac OSX laptop in the house, it worked too.
THEN I sat down at two different WindowsXP machines, and came to a screeching halt. After spending about 6 hours trying to get the WindowsXP machines online, I'm about to take after them with a baseball bat. I've been online with LinkSys live chat support. After 4 straight hours this afternoon, I gave up on it for the day, but my housemates really need their internet access back, and running Ethernet cables to most of them isn't practical.
So two questions:
1) Has anybody got experience getting WindowsXP machines connected (wirelessly) with this LinkSys WCG200 unit? That might be able to tell me what I've overlooked?
And 2) Let's pretend I *didn't* already buy this LinkSys unit. What do you think's the best choice for a cable modem? Should I separate out the wireless feature and use a different cable modem *plus* our older Airport unit? I unplugged the Airport access point because the WCG200 has wireless capabilities, but maybe I should go back to separate units for separate functions, as easier to troubleshoot &/or upgrade later.
Thanks in advance, and looking forward to your replies.
in Salem, Massachusetts