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Jezza

Re: eee PC debate
« Reply #100 on: December 22, 2008, 04:23:06 pm »
It seems to be wireless - when I log in to it it says "Wireless ADSL Modem Router - GWART2-54125".  There's a sticker with a MAC code on the thing - would that be the wireless key?

Don't ask me to try it - I have to wait till Christmas Day to 'open' the eeePC.   ;D

hellymedic

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Re: eee PC debate
« Reply #101 on: December 22, 2008, 04:34:01 pm »
I don't think so. I think the wireless key is in hex (numerals 0-9 +letters a-e) BICBW.
The wireless key is sometimes in the router manual and sometimes on the cardboard box the router came in...

border-rider

Re: eee PC debate
« Reply #102 on: December 22, 2008, 04:38:15 pm »
No, the MAC key is something different.  That is a wireless router though, so you should be in business

If you can log onto the router from a PC you should be able to get to the setup pages, and somewhere there there'll be a page to setup the wireless.  That's where you enter the security code for your wireless network (which you can set to anything you want - just set the same code on the EEEPC) and choose which flavour of security you want (WEP, WPA etc)

Re: eee PC debate
« Reply #103 on: December 22, 2008, 11:32:36 pm »
The MAC address is a unique code for every networking device - for example a network card or wireless network adaptor. It's particular to that specific piece of hardware, irrespective of the network to which it is currently connected. The wireless key, by contrast, is a sort of "password" that you specify for your network.

Assuming that you use encryption on your wireless network, every computer that connects to it needs to have the key specified in its set-up.

In addition, you can set up the wireless router to allow only specified MAC addresses (i.e. devices) to connect. This gives you belt and braces security - though nothing is completely secure.

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Re: eee PC debate
« Reply #104 on: December 23, 2008, 11:27:01 am »
It seems to be wireless - when I log in to it it says "Wireless ADSL Modem Router - GWART2-54125".  There's a sticker with a MAC code on the thing - would that be the wireless key?

Don't ask me to try it - I have to wait till Christmas Day to 'open' the eeePC.   ;D

Hi Jezza - here is a link to the Safecom website with installation guide, and user manual.
..::SAFECOM::.. Drivers, Manuals & FAQ's Search

If it still has default settings, try putting 192.168.0.1 as an address in you web browser - you should get to the setup pages of the router. The default login user name and password are both "admin" (Note these are the login and username for the setup pages in your router - nothing to do with your internet account with your ISP.)

From there you can set-up the wireless part of your router, including wep key.


EDIT:
Wireless set-up is described starting on page 90 of  the user manual. You should only need to look at the "Setup" and "Security" sections. If you want increased security (limit access only to specific MAC addresses) then this is done in the "Management" section.

The other sections are not needed for a simple home set-up. You can of course set-up the wireless in advance of Christmas day to be ready for the eee.


EDIT AGAIN: - here is a very useful on-line demo of the set-up pages.
Wireless ADSL Modem Router SWART2-54125

Jezza

Re: eee PC debate
« Reply #105 on: December 23, 2008, 12:35:55 pm »
Thanks for all the info everyone - and cheers for the link tony. Very useful.


Jezza

Re: eee PC debate
« Reply #106 on: December 26, 2008, 05:56:36 pm »
Well this post is being brought to you from an eeePC. But unfortunately not wireless. I followed the link exactly, until it said 'Click the wireless menu'. Uh-oh. Haven't got one.  I presume this means I need to invest in a wireless router.

Great little toy, but the keyboard takes some getting used to.

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Re: eee PC debate
« Reply #107 on: December 26, 2008, 06:07:43 pm »
I now get more typos when I switch back to a full-size keyboard!
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hellymedic

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Re: eee PC debate
« Reply #108 on: December 26, 2008, 06:27:14 pm »

Great little toy, but the keyboard takes some getting used to.

I showed my Eee PC to a male friend who pointed out the  keyboard was MASSIVE compared to a phone...

Re: eee PC debate
« Reply #109 on: December 26, 2008, 06:29:26 pm »
I've got broad hands with sausagey fingers, but find the keyboard excellent, even on the small 701
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Jezza

Re: eee PC debate
« Reply #110 on: December 26, 2008, 06:58:15 pm »
Don't get me wrong - I love it. It's just a bit different.

I'm a carp typist anyway so maybve this'll improve my technique. Finfers cant keep up with trhe words.

Dear oh dear. D minus.   :D

border-rider

Re: eee PC debate
« Reply #111 on: December 27, 2008, 04:24:27 pm »
I do struggle with the keyboard a bit, I must say.

But then I struggle with a full-size one almost as much :)

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Re: eee PC debate
« Reply #112 on: December 29, 2008, 03:48:50 pm »
I predict that, by next Christmas, my PC will have a bigger monitor for watching DVDs on, and I will be browsing on an eeePC
Getting there...