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Thread: Network router not showing up in Device Manager

  1. #1
    Betsy
    Guest

    Network router not showing up in Device Manager

    Hi. I'm trying to fix up my husband's computer which is slow. He is
    using XP. I wanted to update the router drivers and when I looked in
    device manager, it shows 3 routers but none of them are the one we are
    actually using. I asked to scan for new hardware and the result was nothing.

    Device manager shows the adapters are:
    6T04 Adapter
    Atheros xxx
    Realtek xxx (This is the old one)

    The one we are using now is a Netgear WG111v2 etc.

    On my computer (vista) I was able to see this router under network
    adapters and could have updated the driver from there, or tried to, anyway.

    Would appreciate any help. Thanks!

  2. #2
    Alister
    Guest

    Re: Network router not showing up in Device Manager

    On Dec 13, 2:27 pm, Betsy <be...@nowh.ere> wrote:
    > Hi. I'm trying to fix up my husband's computer which is slow. He is
    > using XP. I wanted to update the router drivers and when I looked in
    > device manager, it shows 3 routers but none of them are the one we are
    > actually using. I asked to scan for new hardware and the result was nothing.
    >
    > Device manager shows the adapters are:
    > 6T04 Adapter
    > Atheros xxx
    > Realtek xxx (This is the old one)
    >
    > The one we are using now is a Netgear WG111v2 etc.
    >
    > On my computer (vista) I was able to see this router under network
    > adapters and could have updated the driver from there, or tried to, anyway.
    >
    > Would appreciate any help. Thanks!


    Hi,

    Firstly, can I correct your terminology :-)

    What you are talking about are network adapters or Network Interface
    Cards (NIC) and not routers.
    A router is a specific name for a device that routes traffic through
    two or more interfaces.

    Your Netgear WG111v2 is a USB Network adapter.

    It is normally the case that when you install one of these you have to
    load the drivers onto the PC Before attaching the device. This is
    different to an internal network card, where you would install it
    physically first and then allow Windows
    to find it and ask for the drivers.

    So, my first question is, have you installed the drivers which came
    with the device onto your XP machine?

    If not then install the drivers first.

    If you have, then remove the device, reboot the PC and then, when the
    PC has completed booting, plug in the
    Netgear WG111 and see if the PC picks it up.

    HTH

    Alister.

  3. #3
    Jack \(MVP-Networking\).
    Guest

    Re: Network router not showing up in Device Manager

    Hi
    In general, Routers do not appear in the device manager since they are not a
    computer ad-on but an independent device.
    In Vista the Router may appear in the Network Diagram (it is Not the Device
    Manager). Routers do not use drivers either.
    The WG111v2 is a client Wireless Card, and as a client card that works
    directly on the computer it does need Drivers.
    The companies that sell Wireless Cards do not manufacture them from the
    ground up. They buy OEM parts and package them together in their own
    designed plastic encasement.
    The names that appear in the Device manger many time represent the Chipset
    original manufacturer rater than the Brand that you bought from.
    The Atheros xxx is probably the WG111v2. Atheros is a known manufacturer of
    Wireless Cars' chipsets.
    Jack (MS, MVP-Networking)

    "Betsy" <betsy@nowh.ere> wrote in message
    news:4943c682$0$4926$9a6e19ea@unlimited.newshosting.com...
    > Hi. I'm trying to fix up my husband's computer which is slow. He is using
    > XP. I wanted to update the router drivers and when I looked in device
    > manager, it shows 3 routers but none of them are the one we are actually
    > using. I asked to scan for new hardware and the result was nothing.
    >
    > Device manager shows the adapters are:
    > 6T04 Adapter
    > Atheros xxx
    > Realtek xxx (This is the old one)
    >
    > The one we are using now is a Netgear WG111v2 etc.
    >
    > On my computer (vista) I was able to see this router under network
    > adapters and could have updated the driver from there, or tried to,
    > anyway.
    >
    > Would appreciate any help. Thanks!



  4. #4
    Betsy
    Guest

    Re: Network router not showing up in Device Manager

    Alister wrote:
    > On Dec 13, 2:27 pm, Betsy <be...@nowh.ere> wrote:
    >> Hi. I'm trying to fix up my husband's computer which is slow. He is
    >> using XP. I wanted to update the router drivers and when I looked in
    >> device manager, it shows 3 routers but none of them are the one we are
    >> actually using. I asked to scan for new hardware and the result was nothing.
    >>
    >> Device manager shows the adapters are:
    >> 6T04 Adapter
    >> Atheros xxx
    >> Realtek xxx (This is the old one)
    >>
    >> The one we are using now is a Netgear WG111v2 etc.
    >>
    >> On my computer (vista) I was able to see this router under network
    >> adapters and could have updated the driver from there, or tried to, anyway.
    >>
    >> Would appreciate any help. Thanks!

    >
    > Hi,
    >
    > Firstly, can I correct your terminology :-)
    >
    > What you are talking about are network adapters or Network Interface
    > Cards (NIC) and not routers.
    > A router is a specific name for a device that routes traffic through
    > two or more interfaces.
    >
    > Your Netgear WG111v2 is a USB Network adapter.
    >
    > It is normally the case that when you install one of these you have to
    > load the drivers onto the PC Before attaching the device. This is
    > different to an internal network card, where you would install it
    > physically first and then allow Windows
    > to find it and ask for the drivers.
    >


    I did get mixed up. My husband's computer is plugged directly into the
    router. Mine is using the adapter. Of course our device managers look
    different! I decided that's not his problem! Thanks for answering.

  5. #5
    Betsy
    Guest

    Re: Network router not showing up in Device Manager

    Jack (MVP-Networking). wrote:
    > Hi
    > In general, Routers do not appear in the device manager since they are
    > not a computer ad-on but an independent device.
    > In Vista the Router may appear in the Network Diagram (it is Not the
    > Device Manager). Routers do not use drivers either.
    > The WG111v2 is a client Wireless Card, and as a client card that works
    > directly on the computer it does need Drivers.



    Exactly! I did get mixed up. My husband's computer is plugged directly
    into the router. Mine is using the adapter. Of course our device
    managers look different! I decided that's not his problem! Thanks for
    answering.

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