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using my desktop internet access on my wireless laptop

Discussion in 'Networking' started by ABQDamian, Aug 2, 2006.

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  1. ABQDamian

    ABQDamian Thread Starter

    Jan 30, 2005
    I recently purchased a gateway wireless capable laptop. when I first started using it I was able to connect to the internet using my desktop DSL connection (I have an Actiontec DSL modem with wireless gateway) because the laptop was able to detect the connection and use it. I went away for a week on vacation and upon returning home tried to use the laptop again but could not connect to the internet. I ran the wireless network wizard on both computers and established the connection again but now my laptop cannot use it because it says it is a "security enabled wireless network" How do I allow the laptop to access the internet through this connection?
  2. TerryNet

    TerryNet Moderator

    Mar 23, 2005
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    I'm completely confused about your network. Do you have a wireless ad-hoc network between your PCs and using ICS? Or, more conventionly, using the modem/router combo to connect one PC wirelessly and one via ethernet? Something else?

    At any rate, "security enabled wireless network" means that you've encrypted your network with WPA-PSK or WEP. To connect you use the same WPA passphrase or WEP hex key(s) you used on the router.

    If you did not yet enable encryption on the router, then you should connect to your network instead of trying to connect to a neighbor's. :) And after you succeed, enable WPA-PSK encryption (or WEP-128 if that's all you have) to keep others out.
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