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How-To: Saving router's wireless network settings from wired computer to USB Flash drive, but wireless router has no USB.

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October 23, 2013 6:02:42 PM

I've been trying to figure out how to save my wireless router's (WRT54G) network settings from my wired (the residential gateway) desktop computer running XP using a USB Flash drive. My wireless router has no USB ports - neither does my Comcast cable modem. I want to use the saved network settings on my USB flash drive so I can easily connect my wireless laptops to my network (one running Windows 7, the other running Vista) while at the same time keeping those settings for future use. I have tried so many different solutions without any luck so far let alone all the time I have spent searching for one.

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October 23, 2013 6:17:08 PM

In the laptop, you can save the network settings for a specific 'network'. SSID and passkey.
Connect once, and then it should save those parameters.

For the router, mine allows saving the router setting to the hard drive, and then you can copy those off to a USB. But that doesn't do anything for the laptops settings.
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October 24, 2013 4:22:36 AM

USAFRet said:
In the laptop, you can save the network settings for a specific 'network'. SSID and passkey.
Connect once, and then it should save those parameters.

For the router, mine allows saving the router setting to the hard drive, and then you can copy those off to a USB. But that doesn't do anything for the laptops settings.


Thanks for the quick response. From what I've read about networking...all network settings have to be the same for ALL the computers connected to the network or it won't work correctly, regardless of the OS each one uses or whether it's wired or wireless. Right? Maybe I'm missing something here, so please forgive me. I thought I had to retrieve the network settings from the main computer (residential gateway PC) that was setup for networking first and had all the correct settings? That's the one that's connected to the cable modem and the wireless router --- then --- take the USB (or CD if I could save the settings to that) to the two laptops, insert the data into each one...and walla...network settings entered and all three computers ready and networking together? But, I would still appreciate info on how to go about saving the laptop(s) network settings onto the USB? Also, how to save the router settings to the hard drive(s). The Network Setup Wizard on XP only gives me the option of a floppy disk to save settings! The two laptops only have CD\DVD slots. All three have USB's! The last sentence...But that doesn't do anything for the laptops settings confuses me.
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October 24, 2013 6:00:24 AM

As far as i remember the Setup Wizard only saves the ssid and password, you may as well just type it in and name them all on the same workgroup, the last time i used it just to see what it did i was still using floppys!! :D 

To save the router settings (most don't need to) you log on to the router and find the option to make a back up save config usually closes to firmware update page, check the manual.
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October 25, 2013 12:50:07 PM

Get a free program that you can use to make a 'copy' of that page with the necessary info. There is Snapit on Win 7. OR you can use the print screen on your keyboard that makes a copy to the clipboard and save it there.
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October 25, 2013 1:22:07 PM

The only 'settings' you need are the SSID of the router, what security level (WPA2 or whatever) and the security key.

No need to copy them to a file or anything. It only has to be put in once.
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