Cannot connect to WiFi on Windows Vista

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star_girl_k

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Hi,

I am trying to connect to WiFi on an old laptop of mine but every time I try to, I can’t enter the full password. My password is 10 characters long and the ‘PIN’ entry only allows upto 8 characters to be entered. Any ideas?
 

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Workaround: temporarily change the WIFI pin on the device you are trying to connect to from 10 characters to 8.
 

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What's the brand and model of the wireless adapter?

What encryption (WPA, WPA2, WEP) are you using on the router or wireless access point?
 
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Like maybe you can type more than 8 characters into it, and it "slides/scrolls" to the right as you type.
 

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Like maybe you can type more than 8 characters into it, and it "slides/scrolls" to the right as you type.
I have tried to type in the full password but it just makes a pinging noise and won’t allow any more than 8 characters to be input
 
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I found it. Apparently your laptop is asking for a WPS pin, which is 8 digits.

Is there another place for you to enter a WEP pin on your laptop which would be 10 digits? What version of Windows is it running (xp, vista, win7)

Or can you go to your router and see if it still supports WPS and get that 8 digit pin?
 
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star_girl_k

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I found it. Apparently your laptop is asking for a WPS pin, which is 8 digits.

Is there another place for you to enter a WEP pin on your laptop which would be 10 digits? What version of Windows is it running (xp, vista, win7)

Or can you go to your router and see if it still supports WPS and get that 8 digit pin?
I’m not sure if there is another place for me to enter the password but I’m hoping there is a way around it

It’s Windows Vista
 

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The only thing I've ever done with WPS is to disable it on one of my routers. Can you disable it on the router (and on the adapter???)? Or enter the pin on the computer, since it seems to be asking for that?

I guess that you would find the pin either on a sticker on the router and/or in the router settings.

I've dropped my earlier inquiries because I think that lunarlander found the right path (WPS).
 

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The only thing I've ever done with WPS is to disable it on one of my routers. Can you disable it on the router (and on the adapter???)? Or enter the pin on the computer, since it seems to be asking for that?

I guess that you would find the pin either on a sticker on the router and/or in the router settings.

I've dropped my earlier inquiries because I think that lunarlander found the right path (WPS).
I’m not sure how to disable the WPS. I have tried entering the pin as well as the password and it won’t accept either of them
 
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Name and model of your router please. Let's see how we can disable WPS (wifi protected setup) and hopefully Vista will recognize that and revert to asking for a 10 digit pin.
 
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