Wireless networking

Hello all,
I have a perfectly functioning wireless network at home running 4 computers. I have a laptop connected to a router which also incorporates ICS perfectly. The connection from my laptop to the router is through a wireless network card. I also have a cable coming from an ethernet adapter going into the router.
What my point is, I would like to have to network going from my laptop to the router through the ethernet adapter rather than the wireless network card. I'm sure this will provide better stability in the long term. But how do I get arround the encryption on the network? I have a little utility which uses a passphrase which then lets me access the network, this is not possible using the wired network.

Any thoughts?

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So is the wired network also required to have the passphrase?

On all of my setups, the wired network are exempt from the passphrase.

Normally it shouldn't need to authenticate itself, as the router should assume that since it is physically plugged into it, it belongs.

What happens when you try and cable it?
dan390339Author Commented:
It just doesn't connect when I cable it. Looks like it is looking for the passphrase or something?
It's just the program which I have on the laptop sending the info to the router has a little program which dictates the passphrase and that is n/a on the wired network.
Is the desktop picking up an ip, or is it configured with the correct ip addressing.

What is the program on the laptop.  Passphrasing is normally a wireless feature, as it isn't as secure as wired.

Possibly it is just a configuration error.
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Assuming that the passcode is the WEP encryption code, you do not need one for wired connections to the router. That is just for encrypting the wireless communications.

The first thing I would check (and you may have already) is that your Ehternet port on the laptop is enabled (In My Network Places, View network connections). If you want to us the wired connection all the time, it is probably best to also remove the wireless card, or disable it in network connections.

IF that doesn't help, what brand/model is the router?

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Sounds like he's a VLAN user who is not allowed on the LAN, only through the Wi-Fi.  I'd talk to your sysadmin about this as any attempts we make for you to hack into your own network may be against his/her wishes and therefore not in the best interests of anyone.
OMG I was reading two posts at once, disregard anything I said here.  Thanks.
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