Trouble connecting to my existing WLAN

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journey44

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Hey everybody!

Im a huge computer guy, so dont worry about how you explain things!

I have a wireless lan that works completely fine with Blowfish encryption. My sister got a Dell Inspiron laptop with its Dell Wireless 1350 PC card. I disable blowfish and allow just the WEP encryption, no go. No encryption it works fine.

I have no problem migrating to what is it...64, 128 key WEP encrytion, but my network needs to have at least wep!

No updates seem to be available for the card, so im kinda at a loss, and if I dont get an answer here ill have to get support through Dell, where of course I either set the LAN up wrong, or something isn't compatible...yadda yadda, standard "It wasn't us" banter....

Anyone?
 
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Look for some thrid party drivers... they may not be supported by dell but they may support diffrent kinds of encryption... You need to search the chip set of the wireless card.
 

TerryNet

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First I'd suggest using WPA encryption if possible.

On the WEP problems, are you using hex key(s) or a passcode to be translated? The latter doesn't always work with different manufacturers.
 

journey44

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Its a passcode. From the encryption screen for the NetGear router, it has me enter a passcode and it in turn translates it into hex keys. When the laptop tries to connect within Windows, it asks for the key. I pass it the hex key and i end up with "limited connectivity", which of course translates to "SOL".
 

TerryNet

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If the NetGear router permits it, use Hex, not passcode.

With WEP you can use 1 to 4 keys; it's probably just a typo but I noticed that you said "translates it into hex keys" (plural) and "pass it the hex key" (singular).

Again I advise using WPA if possible. Many routers and adapters can be upgraded via firmware or driver update if they don't now support WPA.
 

JohnWill

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I've never seen a router that doesn't offer the option to enter the hex key directly, and Terry is most correct, the passcode is frequently interpreted differently by different brands.
 
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