Originally Posted by PhillWard
Yep...tried the USB connection to the surfboard modem direct, but still same result.
"Windows set to auto detect ip...or static ip"....hmmmmmm haven't seen this option anywhere....where does it hide?
Another thing I was gonna ask is how does an IP address get "allocated" anyway?? The ip address is associated to the computer device whenever it connects to the internet..right? by who? this is a unique address, with no other computer device having the same address?? is the ip address of your computer exactly the same everytime you log onto the internet? how do change (can you??) an ip address?
i could just about write a book on ip setup/config on windows but i wont go in to it her now, im way to tired.
but basically with something like windows xp go start-> network connections -> and right click on local area connections and select properties.
if u have a scroll down u willsee an incon that says TCP/IP
double click on it.
it brings up a window that has a static ip (one you assign) or as box that says obtain ip automaticall (DHCP assigned by server or router, in your case the cable modem would do it for you no doubt)
>>>>Another thing I was gonna ask is how does an IP address get "allocated" anyway??
depends. in your case on the laptop your pc will get assigned a ip from the router.
the router gets an ip assigend to it when it connect to the net from the servers at the isp it connects to (and the isp gets assigned an ip range of addresses it can use), unless you have a connection with a static ip so the ip stays the same, or most people have a net connection that is dynamic, menaing everythime they connect to the net they get a different ip.
the easist way to find your owm ip address on the net is to have a look at your router when its connected to the lan.your looking for a setting that says WAN IP or somthing similar to this.
this is the ip the "world" sees you connected as to the net.
you would probably see so,eting like 192.168.1.3 or similar if you brought up a dos prompt and ran if config on a windows machine telling you the ip of your pc on the LAN side of the network.
WAN is wide area network or in this case, the inernet.
LAN is lacal area network or in your case your pc and how ever many more pcs you decide to connect ot ehr outer or hub/switch that you would like to connected ot the internet.
hope this helps a little...
clear as mud??
im going to bed.