Establishing a wireless connection to a Dell Inspiron laptop

I am trying to get a Dell Inspiron Lap Top to talk to my Dell desktop by wireless connection. I am using a Netcom NB5 Plus 4W Wireless router and a NetGear USB 2.0 WG111 adaptor which I was told would all work together. So far I havent had any success in configuring these devices to get a wireless connection to my laptop. I would be very grateful if someone could tell me how I can do this. I am using XP pro
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Amit BhatnagarTechnology Consultant - SecurityCommented:
*Are you using NetGear USB 2.0 WG111 router with your Desktop or your Laptop? It is not clear from your statement.
*What security method have you chosen on the Wireless Router? E.g WEP\WPA\WPA2 etc.
*Does your Wireless NIC gets detected on the System and is working properly? If it is working properly, does it detect the Wireless Router? If it does, what error do you get when you try and create an association?
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Amit BhatnagarTechnology Consultant - SecurityCommented:
It is NetGear USB 2.0 WG111 adaptor and not Router. Sorry for the typo..:)
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BrakersAuthor Commented:
Hi Bamit

Its a Netgear WG111 USB 2.0 Adaptor and a Netcom NB5 Plus4W wireless router. I have been trying to use the adaptor in the USB port on my desk top. The laptop wont connect to the wireless network. I havent set any WEP\WPA\WPA2  settings . I have installed the software for the adaptor and followed the steps but nothing works. On the lap top i went into net work connections and tried a repair on the wireless icon which is present. I have turned on the wireless card on the laptop using the symbol on the keyboard.
I also went to the setup page for the Netcom router (on my desk top) and  looked at the "wireless" option but couldnt see anything there to indicate that the wireless was on or off.

Thanks
brakers
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Amit BhatnagarTechnology Consultant - SecurityCommented:
Ok. Let's begin with your laptop since it has an adapter which is showing up under Network Connections Window. Does it come up with a Red Cross on it? Also, when you switch repair it etc. do you get any pop-up in the 'System Tray Area' saying a 'New Wireless Network Has Been Found'. The Connection depends on two things. First the Adapter should be installed properly and second, the Wireless Router should broadcast a predefined SSID (Normally the name of the manufacturer).
*First check both of your machines whether the Wireless Network Card is showing under Device Manager or not.
*Second, If they are showing, right click on the Adapter Icon either under Network Connection folder or the System Tray Area and click on "View Available Networks" and see if you find your Network.
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BrakersAuthor Commented:
wireless internet symbol is in network connections with a cross on it.No pop up in system tray saying a 'New Wireless Network Has Been Found' . It almost connected a few times but usually just keeps searching for a network. I will look in both machines for Wireless Network Card  in Device Manager . I will do it tomorrow but I think you have helped a lot so far. My last wireless router was easy as pie but this system is not as user friendly.

Thanks and regards

brakers

I had thought of contacting Netcom but down here they charge for phone support and the modem is brand new
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Amit BhatnagarTechnology Consultant - SecurityCommented:
Sure thing, Brakers. Keep me posted. Do let me know incase you run into any issues. Cheers !! TC.
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