Connecting your LG TV to your wireless network.

I recently acquired an LG Smart TV that helped bring my living room into the new century with its amazing picture quality and all its bells and whistles. However, I hit a small snag when I tried to connect it to my wireless network. After entering my password, the TV would stay connected for about a minute before it dropped and forgot its connection. I tried to research this issue online and tried implementing a few of the suggested solutions I found, including disabling my wireless security and creating an LG account for it to save my settings, but nothing seemed to work.

What finally fixed the problem for me was simply resetting my modem/router’s Wi-Fi password to the default password, which is printed on the side of the modem. I was previously using a generated 63-character long mess of letters, numbers and characters to try making my wireless network as secure as possible. All my other wireless devices worked despite the complicated password, so I don’t know why the TV couldn’t stay connected. That’s the least of my worries, though, for my TV finally the works as intended.

A wireless printer dilemma.

My parents recently bought an HP Officejet 4630 e-All-in-One printer with wireless printing capability. It was working fine for them until a few days ago when problems suddenly arose. They could no longer print anything from their Windows 8 desktop computer, and when they checked the printer queue window to check the status, they were informed that the printer was offline. So they called on me, the tech support agent of the family, to resolve this issue.

I looked up this problem on Google and from what I found, it looks like it’s a very common problem. I followed one suggestion and downloaded the HP Doctor, which reported that the printer software wasn’t even installed. So it downloaded the software and proceeded with the printer setup, but when it was trying to connect to the network printer, it timed out.

I started taking matters into my own hands and accessed the printer’s web interface. I saw it was already configured with an IP address on the same network as the desktop computer, which was a good sign. I was further exploring the various options when I came across one to have the printer use a static IP address. After I selected this option, there was short delay as the printer re-configured itself. Afterwards, I re-ran the printer setup and this time the printer was finally configured and ready for use. I was able to successfully print a test page from Windows.

It made sense why the printer suddenly stopped working. At one point it must have been assigned a different IP address and Windows could no longer see that printer. But now that the printer’s using a static IP address, I expect it to remain visible to suit my parent’s printing needs. Time will tell if this truly fixed their problem.

WiFi security mistakes to avoid.

These days wireless networks are as common as DSL modems, and the freedom they bring is liberating. It’s nice to be able to go all over the house and still access the Internet wirelessly. At the same time, it’s liberating to the bad guys who, with some skill and patience, can easily break in your network and help themselves to some free Internet at your expense. This excellent article lists some common mistakes people make when securing their wireless networks and has some good tips along the way. And be sure to subscribe to the free newsletter for more helpful computer tips.

Crossing the bridge to wireless bliss.

For the longest time I have been struggling with getting my Cisco Wireless WRT54G2 router to work with my Motorola 2210 modem so I can access the Internet wirelessly. I have practically scrubbed the Internet looking for potential solutions to the problem, from changing the IP address on the router itself to modifying its DHCP scope to avoid conflicting IP addresses, which I suspected were causing my wireless connectivity issues all along. The solutions I found did work but not for long. The next day I would be back to square one all over again.
Then I came across one more solution that’s working so well that it seems to be holding up three days later. It does involve some advanced tweaking but the wireless bliss that follows is priceless.
In a nutshell, you simply need to set the modem to Bridged Ethernet mode, which is done by logging on to your modem’s GUI and changing some settings.
Then you go to your wireless router’s GUI and configure it to use PPPoE instead of DHCP and fill in your login credentials, which include your user ID and network password. The instructions for that are at step 4 on this page.
It all makes sense. By configuring your modem to Bridged mode and the router to use PPPoE, the router now handles the task of establishing your Internet connection. For once the two devices are actually working together instead of engaging in the usual tug-of-war hostilities that have caused many a headache.
I think this is the last post on the matter.

Whoa to my wireless network woes.

For the longest time I have been struggling to find a way for my Cisco Linksys WRT54G2 wireless router to get along with my DSL modem so I can use my laptop wirelessly. I had long suspected that the DHCP servers on both the router and the modem were assigning my computer conflicting addresses, thus causing my computer to lose its Internet connection. I had tried modifying the DHCP scope on the router and assigning a new IP address to my modem, which worked for a few weeks at best before the problem began anew.
Of all the places on the web I’ve looked to fix this problem, the solution is at Cisco’s site, and it is a solution so simple you don’t even need the setup CD. All you need to do is change your router’s default IP address to one that doesn’t conflict with your modem and then use ipconfig to renew your IP address. Once I applied this fix to my own router, my wireless network is once again in business.
It’s amazing how these simple fixes elude us.

The perils of unsecured Wi-Fi.

This story stresses the importance of securing your wireless router. If left unsecured, not only can your neighbors or anybody within range get on your network, they can also engage in illegal online activities with your Internet connection. Even worse, when the authorities show up at your door, you’ll be the one in trouble even though you didn’t do anything and proving your innocence from that point will be difficult. I can imagine how emotionally draining this must be.
Not surprisingly, there are other wireless networks within range of mine and only one of those is unsecured. I can only hope its owner takes the needed steps to secure it soon.
If you have a wireless router and haven’t secured it already, take a few minutes and configure your wireless network to require a password to log on and use one of the router’s security modes, preferably WPA2-Personal. It may be a hassle to set up a password on your router and then configure your wireless device to use that password, but this only needs to be done once.
I have my own wireless network at home and can appreciate the need to implement security measures to keep my network safe from hackers. I use the WPA2-Personal mode myself and generated the 63-character pre-shared key using KeePass Password Safe, complete with letters, numbers and symbols. I change this pre-shared key every few months.
Your wireless router should have a built-in web site for configuring and securing your network (usually 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.0.254). You should also create a password for logging on the router itself for added security.
For even more security and if your wireless router supports it, enable the Wireless MAC filter and select the option to allow only the listed PC’s to access your wireless network. Then edit the list accordingly to allow only your wireless devices to access the network.
There may be some extra work involved in implementing these security measures, but once everything’s configured and secure, the peace of mind that follows is priceless.

Wireless network woes revisited.

It’s amazing how often the solution to any given problem is usually the simplest one. Case in point: I was once again having Internet connection problems with my wireless router after doing a hard reset. After hooking it up to my DSL modem, I could no longer connect to the Internet even after following the instructions from the installation CD.
Then I went online for some help and came across this page that had the simple answer. Before hooking up the wireless router, disconnect the power to your DSL modem first. After connecting the cables to the router, plug in the power for both the modem and the router. No need to wait for the modem to finish booting up. That’s it. My wireless router now works like a charm.