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What are the available wireless connections on my network?

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When I go to my available wireless connections I see 3 available wireless connections:

default ?
socd ?
linksys (what I have in my house)

What are these other 2 that I am seeing? When I choose to connect to them they do but when I put the mouse over the icon in the tray it still says linksys? What are all the check boxes in the wireless network connection properties tab I need checked and unchecked? I am kind of new at all this wireless stuff and don't know much about setting it up properly. I am running XP and have a Toshiba laptop with the built in 802.11 super g atheros card with a linksys wireless router.
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by:sunray_2003
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Other 2 could be wireless networks that are available through wireless routers or Access points around your house that are picked up by your wireless card ..

They should not interfere with your wireless network trying to connect to linksys..

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by:sunray_2003
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Try to go to the web management of the router ( mostly it would be http://192.168.0.1)
Go to wireless tab and check what is the SSID given there ? Hopefully according to what you had said it should be named as
"linksys"

Also going to wireless connection properties , go to wireless networks tab
and remove (delete) anything other than your SSID.
That is all you need to do.

You can also setup WEP if you donot want others to use your wireless network without your permission

Restart the machine and check

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by:bfeldman13
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How do you set up the WEP? Also, the only connection that asks for a net key is the default one. How do you pick a network key to put in the properties?
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Check this one : http://support.gateway.com/s/NETWORK/Linksys_FAQ/6002435faq6.shtml

The instructions that are given under "Windows XP" is the way you need to do ..

Pick a network key of your choice depending on the complexity of the bit size you want. You can choose 64 bit encryption or more than that .. Pick a complex key so that it cannot be broken easily

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