eternal wireless security handshake

Posted on 2006-06-06
Last Modified: 2012-08-13

Can connect. (with wpa) - is ok (ish) with no security.

Ive all the latest service packs for windows
I got the latest driver from

Windows wireless symbol - I just keep seeing the ball go from side to side forever  - stuck on "acquiring network address"
Linksys router to linksys pcmcia card - an ideal hardware world.

Is there a simple enough tool to see whats happening?
Is there a stick I can beat the wireless card with?

Funny thing - I had it working with this hard ware / configuration before I reloaded the laptop - twice in 24 hours.
Ive  eyes like blighted cherries now.

Question by:worded
    LVL 14

    Accepted Solution

    try deleting the netwk connection & recreating it on the laptop
    try setting the router back to defaults, changing ssid only
    try hooking the laptop straight to the router with ethernet cable

    Author Comment


    Ethernet cable to laptop - works fine.
    try deleting the network connection & recreating it on the laptop - tried that
    try setting the router back to defaults, changing ssid only - did that

    > after fighting with this for hours I booted up the morning and it was working.
    WEP seems to work - no security works.  So it must be a wpa thing between the router and PC.

    Intermitent issue possibly.  Will know more later.  On site!

    LVL 17

    Assisted Solution

    What sort of passphrase did you pick for WPA? Try using a passphrase that's extremely simple like 'ABC123' that's guaranteed to work on all network devices supporting WPA. Different devices will let you get away with using different sets of characters.

    Author Comment


    I got it to work 5 times in a row then no joy.
    Reboot - ok
    then random refusals.

    I swapped pcmcia cards with mixed results of mostly working - reboots curing.

    I have a feeling it was a bad card.

    One thing Ive learned is not to fight too much with the NIC if it doesnt work if others are connecting to the same router.
    Windows is best for control.

    I spent so so so long tweaking this.  Important thang is ............ on the client site I was using a different NIC and it worked.

    Thanks everyone for the input.  I perhaps didnt get the exact answer, but this site keeps me sane.


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