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Q: Installing Router RT314 on Windows XP ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Installing Router RT314 on Windows XP
Category: Computers
Asked by: irenemc-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 17 Aug 2004 11:05 PDT
Expires: 16 Sep 2004 11:05 PDT
Question ID: 389040
I had a Windows 98SE (primary computer)networked to a Windows ME with
a Gateway RT314 Router.  I now have a new Windows XP.  What do I need
to do or purchase to accomplish the routing of my WinXP to the WinME? 
(I am on cable internet.)  Is RT314 compatible with Windows XP?  Do I
need a new Ethernet adapter card?  I am at a beginner/intermediate
computer user level.

Clarification of Question by irenemc-ga on 17 Aug 2004 16:28 PDT
Re "Installing Router RT314 on Windows XP", I should have added that
my primary Windows XP computer is in one room and the second computer,
WindowsME is in another room, the two computers being joined by a
Subject: Re: Installing Router RT314 on Windows XP
Answered By: joey-ga on 17 Aug 2004 17:12 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
With newer versions of Windows (especially 2000 and XP) this should be
pretty simple with the type of router you have.

Step 1: Verifying existence of network card
Look on the back of your new Windows XP computer in the area near
where the USB and mouse/keyboard ports are (likely near the top of the
back panel).  If you see an Ethernet port (jack) there, Step 1 is
done: you're ready for Step 2.  If you don't see that port (unlikely),
look elsewhere on the back panels for an ethernet jack.  If you see
one, go on to Step 2.

Otherwise, you don't have an ethernet jack in your new Windows XP
computer and will need to buy an ethernet adapter card.  Let me know
if you can't find the jack, and I can give you some more advice re:
ethernet/network adapter cards.  For your reference, an ethernet jack
looks like a slightly wider phone jack.  If the jack is exactly the
size of a standard phone jack, that's a modem port NOT an ethernet

Step 2: Locate or buy an ethernet cable and connect the computer to the router
Are you replacing your old computer with the Windows XP one?  If so,
just leave your old ethernet cable in place and hook it up into the
back of the new computer into the port you found in Step 1.  Assuming
you haven't changed anything on the router, the cable should still be
connected from before, and you can go on to Step 3.

Instead, if this new computer will go elsewhere in the house or you
have already disconnected the old computer entirely, connect an
ethernet cable (you can buy them at CompUSA, Best Buy, etc.) from the
back of your new computer to the jack you found in Step 1 to an empty
jack on the back of the RT314 router.  You'll notice that there are
four jacks in a row on the left half of the back panel with numbers
(4,3,2,1) and the word LOCAL written above them.  Plug the other end
of the ethernet cable from the back of the new computer into any empty
numbered jack.  Go on to Step 3.

Step 3: Getting the network up and running
As soon as you turn on the new Windows XP computer, you should be on
the network.  You should be automatically given an IP address and be
able to access the internet (if the router was previously connected to
the internet).

Go onto your Windows ME computer and go into the Control Panel (Start:
Control Panel).  Double-click "Network" to open the Network Properties
Box.  Click the "Identification" tab.  Write down the workgroup name
listed.  Having both computers in the same "workgroup" will make it
easier for you to find one computer from the other on the network.

Return to the new computer.  If this is the first time the computer is
used, when you click on Internet Explorer, a "Network Setup Wizard"
will come up (if it goes straight into the browser and not the Wizard,
go on to Step 4.)

Keep clicking "next" until you get to a screen with several
radio-button options.  Depending on the version of Windows XP (Home,
Professional, and different releases of each), the screen may vary a
bit, but choose the option that resembles "This Computer Connects To
The Internet Through Another Computer On My Network Or Through A
Residential Gateway".  Choose "Determine the appropriate connections
for me," and click Next.  Choose a description and a name for this
Windows XP computer, and click Next.  Enter the same workgroup name
you jotted down from the Windows ME computer, and click Next.  Then,
click Next and let the Wizard do its magic.  Try opening Internet
Explorer again.  Go on to Step 4.

4. Getting an IP, if necessary
If the router is connected to the internet and you can't see a web
page from Internet Explorer, click Start: Run.  Enter "cmd" to enter
DOS.  Type "ipconfig /renew" and press ENTER.  Once it's done its job,
you should have an IP address and should be able to access the

At this point you should be able to use your network and the internet
like on the other computers.  If it doesn't work at this point, please
let me know and I'll try to troubleshoot with you.

Good luck!


Clarification of Answer by joey-ga on 17 Aug 2004 19:39 PDT
Hi there, I forgot to provide you a link to the PDF users guide I
checked.  There may be some additional helpful information in here:

(Your Gateway router was actually manufactured by Netgear)

Searching strategy:
irenemc-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.50
Looks great!  Should be all I need.  An experienced friend is going to
help me soon and I am printing out all your fine help.  Thanks very

Subject: Re: Installing Router RT314 on Windows XP
From: niiick-ga on 17 Aug 2004 14:29 PDT
You can use both of your comptuer with your Cable router (RT314) If it only
has one port, for your CURRENT computer, Get a HUB and plug both of
your computers into the HUB then the HUB into the RT314. And it will
allow them both
to get on the internet. Just set them to both get their IP information from DHCP.

Good luck!

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