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Old HP Notebook wireless connection fails with Rangemax Router

I upgraded to a Netgear Rangemax wpn824  My new HP running vista connected w/o any issues but I have to repair the network occasionally.  I can't get my old HP running the standard XP wireless software to connect.  I have deleted connection and re-established it, I have retyped with and w/o caps in Code  I am Using WPA2...and it shows up wpa-psk...I assumed that was right...but standard wpa doesn't work.  The strangest part is that the router will show up in system tray and I can log into it...just get a not connected..if I type the key incorrectly it shows as that the key doesn't match.

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theras2000Commented:
I've found that between all the different wifi cards and wifi routers out there, there are so many differences it's not funny.  Sometimes they just work when set to a particular thing.  You should try different key lengths (sometimes you have choices and these may be different on your card & router).  Try different auth types e.g. TSK, AES and any other acronyms you see.  Try different encryptions e.g. WEP, WPA, WPA2.  Generally it's easiest to start basic and work up.  So to start with, just turn off the security and make sure you can connect like that.  Then upgrade to WEP and try that, etc etc.  Each time you change something, you may need to power cycle the router and go into Windows and delete the entry for the wifi network, so that you can make a clean, new connection.

I assume you know how to plug in your LAN cable to make these changes more easily (in fact you could leave your Vista plugged in like this to make ll the router changes).  Also, it's possible that other settings exist in the router (e.g. MAC Security).  It may be worth performing a hard reset and start from scratch.  Make sure you know your isp username & password first, if this is a modem/router.
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pat8635Author Commented:
I am going to give you all the points...because you jogged my brain...I just deleted. restarted and reloaded...all is back to normal...I hate these these things sometimes...wep is the least safe of the incriptions..correct?
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pat8635Author Commented:
I am going to give you all the points...because you jogged my brain...I just deleted. restarted and reloaded...all is back to normal...I hate these these things sometimes...wep is the least safe of the encryption's..correct?  Just to fix the typo...sorry
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theras2000Commented:
Thanks.  Yessir wifi is a shifty thing.  I don't know how regular moms and dads manage to get it working without help.  Even I get stuck for hours on seemingly simple things like that sometimes.
Yep, security goes in the order I wrote, from least to best: WEP, WPA, WPA2.
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pat8635Author Commented:
Since my dad died I have had to install Logmein on all my mom's computers.  She gets google search and addy bar confused...if it were not for qvc.com...she might nust toss them all!  Thanks again...for jaring my brain
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