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Solved: Cannot get laptops to connect Belkin Wireless with security

Discussion in 'Networking' started by dlwtex, Aug 20, 2008.

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  1. dlwtex

    dlwtex Thread Starter

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    I had been using a Belkin Wireless G router successfully until a couple of weeks ago when it died. I recently purchased a new Belkin Wirelell G + MIMO router and my troubles have begun.

    I have a desktop running Vista wired into the router and it's working fine. When I initially set up the router, my Compaq Evo N600c laptop, XP, with a linksys wireless card worked fine. I was able to connect to the network, add the network printer and access the internet. My problems began when I turned on the security on the router.

    My desktop still works fine and if I direct connect the laptop to the router I'm fine, but with security set, I cannot connect wireless. I've tried WEP64 and WEP128, neither is working for me. The prior router was set up with WEP128 encryption with no problems. I've tried everything that I know how to do, plus a lot of the advice and hints I've seen on line.

    I'd really appreciate some help on this one. I'm not willing to run the network without security.

    Thanks!
     
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    I suggest trying WPA, WEP is not a very good option in any case.
     
  3. TerryNet

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    If you're interested in security, why not use the (secure) WPA-PSK or WPA2-PSK? :)

    If you have to use WEP to keep most people out be sure to use a HEX key, not an ascii passcode.
     
  4. dlwtex

    dlwtex Thread Starter

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    I took your advice and changed the security settings from WEP to WPA. I don't have a clue why, but I was able to connect both laptops to the network using the wireless cards, access the internet, add a printer, etc....

    I appreciate your assistance! (y)


    dale
     
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