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I recently bought a linksys router and usb 2.0 reciever for my 2nd computer and the downstairs computer gives me a message that the wireless failed to initiate I am running both XP windows I am new to this so what I am i doing wrong or what else do I need?
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Hi, What I understand is that, you have a Linksys Router and have a computer having a "Wireless Adapter" connection to it via Usb 2.0. First of all can we make sure the linksys is configured well and working ok ? Do you have any other wireless device already working ? (I assume you have one and working)...

"Failing to Initiate Wireless" might be caused by a few reasons;

1. Your wireless adapter is not installed properly (although it might be seen to be ok), did you installed the drivers provided along with the products ? If didn't do it, please do so.

2. Another problem might be the security/authentication problems between two devices, wireless generally use an encription protocol, namely called WEP (wire-equivalent-privacy) to encript your comminication so others (neighbors etc) may not intercept, WPA is a new, better protocol with similar purpose which is available on the Linksys. Both protocols requires you to enter the same key on both ends to enable encription and setup does not work if this is not complete.

If none of those help;

1. Please send where exactly in windows xp you got the error ?
2. Could you login to the Linksys via web browser ? Please check wireless security to make sure WEP is disabled (or have the same key on both sides). Do not permemantly disable security beyond testing purposes as this is dangerous.

Kind regards,

Cagri
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