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Solved: wireless won't connect

Discussion in 'Networking' started by matt.ledger, Feb 7, 2007.

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  1. matt.ledger

    matt.ledger Thread Starter

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    I found out a neighbour was connecting to my wireless network so I used the configuration program to enable a WEP password but now my laptop can't connect at all, when I type in the password it tries to connect but never manages it and when I now try and use the configuration program it also won't connect, I took the laptop to a friends house and I was able to connect to his network and he brought his MacBook to my house and he was able to enter my password and connect fine, does anyone know what the problem is!? please help! thanks, matt
     
  2. Memnoch322

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    So you enabled WEP and now you cannot connect? Or do you get a limited or no connectivity error? I think you are most likly getting the later. First off what kind of access point or wireless router do you have?
     
  3. matt.ledger

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    no i cannot connect at all, the list of available networks shows mine as full signal but it will not connect. I believe it is a linksys router of some description ... not entirly sure ... I am not at home at the moment so will have to get back to you on that.
     
  4. Memnoch322

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    Well most likly you will have ethernet ports on the back of the router for wired computers to connect too. I am also asuming that your laptop has an ethernet port. Connect to your router VIA an ethernet cable. Logon to it by typing (this is if its a linksys) http://192.168.1.1 into the browser. you will be prompted for a user name and password, by default these are admin admin.. From here you can adjust your setting and make sure that the wireless works. You also might want to try restting the router and starting over again.. Or just tell your nieghbor to kick down some cash and let him use the connection :p
     
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    Passwords often get translated differently by different devices. Disable encryption, connect your PC, enable WEP encryption again but this time use a hex key, then reconnect your PC also using the hex key.

    Actually, if possible you should use WPA-PSK because it is more secure and, in my opinion, easier to get working than WEP.
     
  6. matt.ledger

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    hey ... that sounds really useful except I checked and it is infact a US Robotics router ... is there a different address I should use to connect to this? thanks for your help
     
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    you didn't mention that when you configured wep in the router that you configured your connection with the same code. both have to be the same, that's how you're somewhat protected.

    when both are configured the same you shouldn't need a password unless you set it up that way.
     
  8. matt.ledger

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    i don't understand!
     
  9. jmwills

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    Reset the router and froma WIRED connection setup the new encryption using WPA-PSK and a password of at least 12 charcters to include upper case, numbers and specials.

    Decrease the scope for the DHCP for exactly how many machines you have on your LAN and no one else can get in unless one of yours is turned off.
     
  10. pedroguy

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    Matt:Re your addressing question.To find the ip address of your router,on way is:
    start/run/cmd
    type in
    ipconfig /all

    The gateway addrress is the ip address of your router
     
  11. JohnWill

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    Make that a 20 character WPA-PSK key. ;)
     
  12. jackdw

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    I agree there. And a password is easier to remember than a WEP key..
     
  13. matt.ledger

    matt.ledger Thread Starter

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    thanks everyone! problem solved!
     
  14. pedroguy

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    Matt:When you get a chance,please go to thread tools and mark this thread solved.It would also be helpful for future searches if you would include the solution to your reported problem
     
  15. matt.ledger

    matt.ledger Thread Starter

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    er ... i'm pretty sure it's already marked as solved ... and yeh i decided all this encryption was causing too many problems so i just wired my laptop up to the router and turned off the encryption like that!
     
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