Help setting up a router in a dorm!!?

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Hi!

I need help! I'm in a dorm with no wifi. I have an ethernet port but I can't seem to set up a router 🙁

When I tried to set up my router it was giving me errors saying to check the connection to a modem.

Do I really need to buy a modem too? Or am I just doing this wrong.

If someone can please

Hi!

I need help! I'm in a dorm with no wifi. I have an ethernet port but I can't seem to set up a router 🙁

When I tried to set up my router it was giving me errors saying to check the connection to a modem.

Do I really need to buy a modem too? Or am I just doing this wrong.

If someone can please help I would GREATLY appreciate it!!

Other answer:

Lindsey:
The router has to have an Ethernet WAN/Internet port and it may not work if the router has been supplied by an ISP and is locked to that ISP. If the router does not have an Ethernet WAN port it is the wrong type of router. The WAN port is normally a different colour from the other Ethernet ports.

Connect a PC directly to the room's Ethernet port and check the IP address the PC is being assigned.

Next connect the PC to the router (by Ethernet) and check the address the PC is assigned by the router.

If both addresses are in the same subnet, then that is the problem. For example, 192.168.0.15 and 192.168.0.101 will normally mean they are both in the same subnet. If this is the case, change the subnet that the router is using to a different one so it might assign an address such as 192.168.237.101.

Now connect the router's WAN port to the room port using a normal (straight) Ethernet cable to see if this has fixed the problem. If this was the problem it should now work.

I hope this helps.

Adrian:
Hate to tell you, but most dorms in colleges can detect a router and block it. This is to prevent unsecure (open) wifi use, that could be tapped into by someone outside the college, and used for illegal purposes. The dorm wants to control access to their network, it is a legal responsibility.

They do this blocking with commercial networking (firewalls), that can sniff the packets and detect any form of "IP translation" in the packets (as done by a router). No way around it unless you talk to the IT people and get them to set up a wifi (secure) in the dorm. Odds are it will be futile, as any one wifi in a dorm would be flooded with users and become rather useless anyway.

Big Mouth:
No you don't need a modem. That would just be a waste of money. I'm not sure what you've already tried but try plugging an ethernet cable from the wall jack into the WAN port of your router and plug your computer into one of the LAN ports on the router. If it doesn't work you'll have to plug your computer directly into the wall jack as your school's network configuration may be preventing access. Yay corporate restrictions!
ckm1956:
1) connect router to ethernet port
2) That should provide WiFi
3) Set a password on the WiFi
Aerialnine:
Don't know what router you have ( some are a " combo " router modem )….if yours is not……first you need a modem…check with your school IT dept they may have some modem suggestions….ask them what info you need to set it up and to login……..
( now as for having a router with wifi as well ) again ask the IT department….
chrisjbsc:
Ask your IT dept. It might not be possible.

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