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Hi
I have just bought a Sony Vaio laptop with builtin wirless card (802.11g) (802.11b). Also bought a Linksys Access point (WAP54G). Have a DSL dynamic connection with SBC (DSL Modem).
I connected the modem (LAN port) with the Access Point (LAN port) and the laptop is not plugged to anything.
I see the connection called "linksys' but it says unsecured and keep dropping the connection. When I run the Linksys setup CD it says cannot find the Access Point equipment or not pulgged.


I need step by step instructions how to setup the wireless network??
I tried the instructions from Linksys site but didnt work.

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You need to plug the modem into the WAN port of the Linksys.  Then, PLUG the laptop into a LAN port of the Linksys.  Then ...
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make sure the laptop is configured to "obtain an IP address automatically".  It should probably get something like 192.168.1.100.  If it does, you should be able to open a browser window and connect to http://192.168.1.1 which is the linksys configuration page.

Then you will need to sign on to the Linksys - I think the signon is "admin" for the password, or maybe "administrator" and the username is blank.  Then you will need to select WAN connection type of PPPoE and configure your username and password.  

I believe your SSID is LINKSYS until you change it.  Your laptop is probably disocnnecting you because of some @#$@#$ security setting in M$ Windows - check your wireless connection properties.  You can enable WEP if you want to, and change the SSID.  You ought to change the password to something you'll remember.

Basic setup information is on the poster that came with your Linksys, follow it - it's pretty straight forward.

Hope this helps.
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Just re-read your post - are you sure that's a WAP54G?  If so, you got the wrong product.  Unless there's a router in the mix you didn't mention, you need a router!  What you bought is an access point (by itself).  You need a router + access point (+switch).  Like a WRT54G.
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Hi
I went and bought the WRT54G and followed the instructions but now on the " view wireless networks" I see my SSID but it says un secured connection and I also tried to enable the WEP but its not accepting it and it changes back to the factory default.
I was able to log in to the router and added all the PPPoE information but still no luck.

Please advise.

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Ok, let's forget wireless for a moment.  Can you plug in your Sony to the router (with a cable), get an IP address, and get on the Internet (is it working as a DHCP server, is PPPoE configured correctly, etc.)?
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I can connect to the internet through the LAN cable but now how do I setup the wireless network where it is secure.

Thx

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Ok, so it's routing properly and your connection with PPPoE works properly.  For your wireless, there are probably some settings in the Control Panel/Networking or some security section which are disabling the wireless because you're not using "secure" wireless - I guess this is Microsoft trying to help you be secure ...

Try this one:

How to troubleshoot wireless network connections in Windows XP Service Pack 2

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;870702

(I'm assuming you have Windows XP Home SP2 - is this correct?)
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Yes I  am running win xp home with SP2.
I will try the link and let you know. thanks
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