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Problem connecting to different WPA Algorithms

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by elork, Jan 10, 2013.

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  1. elork

    elork Thread Starter

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    Hello all,

    First off I am hoping I am in the right section for this post. I am assuming the problem is a hardware issue. I'm Hoping you can confirm for deny that diagnosis. I am trying to help out my brother with his old laptop. He brought it to me and told me nothing more than "It cannot connect to wireless" (this being in multiple places).

    I started testing it out and I could see my SSID so I tried to connect with no luck. It saved the password, set the network to auto but no connection made. I downloaded and tried various different drivers I came across. All of them with no luck. I finally started messing around in router (note: have had many different laptops connect to my router in the past and even after this with no issues). Once I changed the WPA Algorithm from AES (current setting) to TKIP+AES (Keeping the security mode to WPA2), then all the sudden it would connect and was fine. My question is what would be the best way to go about fixing this issue permanently? Do I need to upgrade the wifi card? Or just a driver issue I am just missing that is not allowing it to connect via AES?

    Wifi Card:
    AGERE SYSTEMS

    802.11B 5403143002330005AAK000

    D01-1128JP
    MPCI3A-20/R
    AGERE SYSTEMS 2.4DS4
    3902D014

    WCND @ 2001
    T-HS2T 015168
    N4080SV2KW
    0325K 1986925

    Driver:
    Agere
    9/22/2003
    7.82.0.550
    wlags48b.sys

    Laptop:
    Gateway M500B1
    Windows XP


    Thank you in advance!
     
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    First I would edit out your Mac address above, I'm no expert but I believe it's a security risk to show it.

    I'm surprised you can use WPA2 at all with such an old wireless card but you should really try to set it up at your brother's place, especially if he uses it there most of the time. Duplicate what you did on your router on his.
     
  3. elork

    elork Thread Starter

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    Thanks for your reply!

    He would like to use it on the go. Would His system be able to upgrade to newer wifi card that would fix the problem?
     
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    I googled that wireless card and it's a B speed type mini-pci card (not pci-express). I've had success with faster 'Broadcom 4318 Mini PCI' G type cards in old laptops that originally had B cards..

    If you search for them on Ebay I'm sure you will find a cheap one. I found used ones from Hong Kong for less than £2 each, that's including delivery ! I've used several of them with no problems.

    I can't guarantee it will work at the higher G speed though. it can depend on the particular laptop. If not it will still work but at the slower B speed.
     
  5. elork

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    Awesome! Thanks for the information! I'll go ahead and get one ordered!
     
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