Lost Internet Connection

buzbuz Member
I'm new (ish) to vnc (played with vnc once years ago but just in my local network - no internet involved).

Anyway, today I was looking for a means of reaching my main computer (across town) from my alternate computer (location) and found Vine 3.0

Great - I thought. Went to my main computer to set up the server. It's running OSX.4.11 and connected to the internet via a wireless dsl router. I configured the router (carefully) and no sooner finished and my internet connection failed.

The dsl set up is: Wireless dsl router with a PC connected to it via ethernet. There is a laptop used to connect wirelessly. My computer used wirelessly. After my connection failed, I rebooted the router, checked the hardwired PC and the internet is reaching the router and PC. Just not wirelessly to my computer.

I have been unable to 'find' the network and I know the network name and WEP key. Some where there's a network setting fouled up and I cannot figure it out.

Attached is a screen shot of the ip addresses I used for configuring.

Any thoughts much appreciated.

Comments

  • JonathanOSXJonathanOSX ForumAdmin admin
    Yeah it sounds like the wireless configuration part of the router got a little munged. Maybe the SSID or the WEP settings or even the whole wi-fi itself was turned off.
  • Vine Server itself doesn't modify any network hardware. Like Jonathan suggested please go back into your router interface (most are controlled now by http and a browser) and check for your wifi is turned on.
  • buzbuz Member
    Todd wrote:
    Vine Server itself doesn't modify any network hardware. Like Jonathan suggested please go back into your router interface (most are controlled now by http and a browser) and check for your wifi is turned on.

    Thank you for quick response. I'll elaborate a bit.

    It's an ActionTec router (thru Qwest telephone). I accessed it thru my Safari browser. Then ... Actiontec / Main Menu / Set up and Config / Advanced Set Up / Begin Advanced Set Up / Port Forwarding ... enter the IP address and port range ... save and restart. Done. Nothing else changed.

    When I realized my Mac was no longer connected, I rebooted the router and checked that the PC (which is ethernet wired to the router) had a connection and it did. So the router is doing it's job - just that my computer cannot find the network now.

    No network = no internet = no access to router from my Mac :-(.

    I'll run back over and see what I can do to get into the router from the PC and see that the 'wifi is turned on'.

    Thanks again.
  • buzbuz Member
    I just don't get it. You guys were right. Some how when the 'port forwarding' was configured, the 'wireless' turned off. Must be some sort of default action. Makes me leery (sp) of mukking around in the dsl modem since I don't know all I (probably) should know. As it is now, the network is 'open' and renamed. Thinking I should go and redo the network settings to what they were, at least 'close' the network.

    While I was there I checked the advanced set up / port forwarding and noticed that port 5900 was no longer set up. Have to rethink this a bit.

    Any words of wisdom?
  • Spend a bit of time with your modem http:// interface and get to know the features, and how they are rules that affect other settings. Modems and routers are fairly simple, however they can be confusing or do goofie stuff like you seem to have experienced.

    We're glad you have reconnected, and learned a bit from it in the process.
  • Hello Buz,

    I work for a regional ISP, and we have seen many similar cases, particularly (and mysteriously) with Mac clients; frequently, making any changes to the modem's configuration can cause its wireless functions to toggle off. We've seen this with the Actiontec GT701-WG. It can be even more frustrating, as going back in to turn on wireless can cause the modem to reset itself to factory defaults, or descend into a cycle of endless rebooting. We generally recommend our customers upgrade to Qwest's 2wire modems, which have been much more reliable. They are easier to customize, too.

    Regards,

    Doug.
  • buzbuz Member
    idoug wrote:
    Hello Buz,

    I work for a regional ISP, and we have seen many similar cases, particularly (and mysteriously) with Mac clients; frequently, making any changes to the modem's configuration can cause its wireless functions to toggle off. We've seen this with the Actiontec GT701-WG. It can be even more frustrating, as going back in to turn on wireless can cause the modem to reset itself to factory defaults, or descend into a cycle of endless rebooting. We generally recommend our customers upgrade to Qwest's 2wire modems, which have been much more reliable. They are easier to customize, too.

    Regards,

    Doug.

    Hello Doug,

    Thank you for that. I have managed to configure the GT701-WG (interesting it's the one in question), including resetting the network as it was originally. The network my server is plugged in to belongs to others, I just happen to be allowed to adminstrate it so I'm kind of stuck with the 701. Seems a 'save and restart' after each modification is what worked ... first resetting the wireless, then setting the port forwarding.

    Thanks again for the 'warning'.

    Buz
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