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Set up wireless password with windows vista and linksys router

Hello

I just bought a new laptop which has Windows Vista Basic.   A year ago I got a Win XP laptop and received excellent help here - http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Misc/Q_21747959.html

Now since im using the same router i can just review the instructions in the above link.  So what I am asking for is how to set up the password using windows vista?  Step by step instructions are what i need,  thanks!

Anthony
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
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tsuzuharaCommented:
If you prefer the Microsoft way (more useful, as you don't need extra software and can use it from any PC using Windows Vista) try this address:

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/community/columns/cableguy/cg0406.mspx
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planetjewelryAuthor Commented:
Opps, I meant really to find out how to set up the wireless password using WEP on Windows Vista.  Sorry I should have been a little more clear. This is what I have for setting up a password for Windows XP:

1) Open the Linksys web-based admin utility. This link will probably work if your router is still in its default state.

2) Click the Wireless tab, followed by the Wireless Security tab.

3) Set “Security Mode” to “WEP”

4) Set “Default Transmit Key” to “1″

5) Set “WEP Encryption” to “128 bits 26 hex digits”

6) Set “Passphrase” to something clever, then click “Generate”

7) Make a note of the value inserted into the “Key 1″ field. Write it down by hand if you must. This beast is your new network password.

8) Click “Save Settings”

9) Click “Continue” at the “Settings Successful” screen.


Now, on the client end when you attempt to configure the connection, you will need to enter a WEP key.  If you are using the built in WindowsXP SP2 wireless connection software, you should be able to do the following (although there may be small errors, this part is just from memory as I do not have a computer with wireless to look at right now):

A) Open the Control Panel ---> Network connections
B) Right click your wireless adapter, click "view available wireless networks"
C) Your router should be listed as one of the wireless networks.  Select it and press connect.
D) Windows will ask for your WEP key, enter the key you entered on the router

However on Windows Vista - do you enter the WEP password the same way as A B C and D above insruct? Or is it a different proceedure ?  I am so new to Vista so I have no clue.  Thanks.

Anthony
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zephyr_hex (Megan)DeveloperCommented:
if the WEP is already set up on your router, you shouldn't have to do anything special on your Vista laptop.  just go to the wireless viewer where you can see your wireless router signal, and select the option to connect to it.  Vista will prompt you to enter the WEP password, and then ask if you want it to remember it.
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zephyr_hex (Megan)DeveloperCommented:
to see the wireless connections in vista, go to control panel->network and internet->connect to a network.

from there, you can click on a signal and it will prompt you for the password.
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tsuzuharaCommented:
In order to configure the router you have to follow the very same procedure from Windows XP. After that, you should follow the step-by-step instructions from the tutorial:

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/community/columns/cableguy/cg0406.mspx
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planetjewelryAuthor Commented:
I have tried the above suggestions on my vista laptop and for some reason I am running into a problem.   For some reason the router is not communicating to the d-link dsl modem.  When I connect the dls modem directly to the desktop pc or the laptop, i get a perfect internet connection. however when I have the router set up - ie. dsl modem connecting to wan port of router, and then port 1 of router going into desktop pc and trying to get laptop to recognize wireless signal, i get nothing.  I even tried using the linksys program suggested by leetutor above and went through the steps there, but no luck.  Any ideas on how to solve this?  point increased because my problems increased (lucky me :)
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tsuzuharaCommented:
Check the router configuration, maybe it has been reset or the SSID is hidden. If that were the case, re-create the configuration to meet your intends.

If you want to keep the SSID hidden, you must create a profile in Vista where you type the SSID and the password directly, as it is not recognized directly by Vista.
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planetjewelryAuthor Commented:
Ok - I solved my own problem. Setting up a dsl modem with a linksys router is not really the same as setting up a cable modem. With cable modem, its basically plug and play. However with DSL, you need to go into the DSL modem properties.  First you have to make sure the dsl modem is connected to the pc for normal operation - do not have the router connected at this point.  Then go to http://192.168.1.1 and set up the modem for "bridged ethernet".  

Here is a pdf I found on the web that was useful.

http://onlinehelp.verizon.net/consumer/bin/pdf/NetworkSteps/Case21508WiredLinksys6100.pdf

I know it says "for wired" networks, but it didnt matter - settings are the same for wireless. Once I got the settings entered, I connected the linksys router.  Once connected I had full access to the internet -  both wired and wireless internet.  Then to secure my wireless connection, I followed the following instructions:

1) Open the Linksys web-based admin utility. This link will probably work if your router is still in its default state.

2) Click the Wireless tab, followed by the Wireless Security tab.

3) Set “Security Mode” to “WEP”

4) Set “Default Transmit Key” to “1″

5) Set “WEP Encryption” to “128 bits 26 hex digits”

6) Set “Passphrase” to something clever, then click “Generate”

7) Make a note of the value inserted into the “Key 1″ field. Write it down by hand if you must. This beast is your new network password.

8) Click “Save Settings”

9) Click “Continue” at the “Settings Successful” screen.

Then, when I connect to the network wirelessly, it will ask me to enter my wep password which I got in step 7 above.

That's it !  (Sorry I did it myself)

Anthony
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tsuzuharaCommented:
Mmm, I think you didn't ask the question appropriately, misguiding us in our hints. You should have asked for an FAQ of your Router, but you specifically said that the router was the same and didn't need any reconfiguration.
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