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Adding device to Netgear N300 Router

Discussion in 'Networking' started by TheCav, Oct 20, 2011.

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  1. TheCav

    TheCav Thread Starter

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    hey

    I'm trying to connect a latop (Packard Bell - Easy Note) onto a Netgear N300 wireless router (WNR2000v3).

    I have already connected a separate laptop which is working fine but the Packard Bell (about 6 years old) wont connect, it will detect my wireless network but then asks for a "Network Key".

    I'm assuming this the same password that I set up when I configured the router but when I enter it I get the following message:

    "The network password needs to be 40bits or 104bits depending on your network configeration. This can be entered as 5 or 13ascii characters or 10 or 16 hexadecimal characters".

    Not entirely sure what that means but my password is 9 character long.

    If anyone can help that would be great, thanks
     
  2. dlsayremn

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    Sounds like the network card on the Packard-Bell will only work with WEP encryption which uses 64-bit or 128-bit passwords. Some would work with 5 or 13 ascii characters words (apple, mothershelper), but most required 10 or 16 hexadecimal characters (1-0, A-F)".

    If that is the case, you may be able to find driver updates that will allow the card to work with newer security protocols, buy a new card/USB adapter for the P-B, or use WEP for everything.

    What is the make/model of the network card? model of the EasyNote?
    Check Packard-Bell support to see if there are newer drivers for the card?

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  3. TheCav

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    Thanks I appreciate the response.

    So a wireless USB adaptor could get around this issue?
     
  4. dlsayremn

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    A newer USB adapter should work as most will have the full range of security types. Netgear suggests the N300 Wireless USB Adapter (WNA3100) as a match. Uses "N" tech in the 2.4 GHz range same as that router.
     
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