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Posted on 2006-07-11
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I have a linksys wireless router.  My desktop that is hard wired in can access the internet and network.  If I plug the ethernet cable into the laptop it can connect.

I have used MSConfig to basically disable all programs not necessary.  I have reinstalled my wireless card with new drivers.  Also, I have checked the configuration on the router and I have no security set up - the settings in the microsoft wireless network setup properties match.

I have the router set up as dhcp and the wireless card has an ip address from it, however, it does not even connect to the router when I type the address in.  It also does not see other computers on the network.

Any ideas?
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by:joemckamey
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ok...i got it connected so the question changes.  Why did I HAVE to turn encryption on and create and provide a WEP for it to connect.  I have never had to do that before.  Once I turned it on on the router and typed it in on the laptop it worked.  Keep in mind this setting has never been on before.  I did just switch to DSL and have to use the PPoE connection.

Thanks for the insight.
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by:mistymisty
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Open a command prompt, Start, Run, then type "cmd" press enter.  Once your command prompt opens type "ping www.yahoo.com" and see if you get a reply or it times out.  If it times out then type "ipconfig /all" without the quotes and try the ping command again with the first DNS number that pops up ("ping xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx").  Let us know if you get a reply or not.  

Do you have another wireless card to test with?
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by:mistymisty
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Sorry, did not refresh before posting that............Have you ever connected to a wireless network before with this computer?  If so then Windows saves some info on the SSID and encryption so it could have had some old info saved in it if the SSID was a common one like "linksys"  

If it was not that then I'm not really sure besides some security thing possibly included in the card requiring you to have protection, but I have never seen that one so it's just a wild guess.

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by:joemckamey
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Same laptop and same configuration for several years (same wireless card as well).  The only difference is switching to DSL from cable.

Joe
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Hmmmm, I don't see any reason that should have needed a WEP key then.  If you would like it to work without a WEP key then I would suggest resetting the router to factory defaults with the button on the back and then setup your PPPoe connection and see if it works that way.  Strange stuff.
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Did you get this solved?
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