Wireless Card Disconnecting
Posted 18 March 2010 - 03:35 PM
Posted 18 March 2010 - 03:36 PM
Posted 21 March 2010 - 12:56 PM
Thank you for your reply, Skrpune, Sorry the request wasn't too clear. The OP is Windows XP and the wireless card is a Realtek but Im not sure which model. I tred to change the router security from WEP to WPA-PSK and the wireless card immediately disconnected. It will not connect to the internet at all. Should I change the settings back to WEP?
Thanks again for answering this request.
Edited by Amarie, 21 March 2010 - 01:07 PM.
Posted 25 March 2010 - 12:18 PM
Log into your router and determine all the types of security that are available to you - if you can get the wireless card to work with WPA or WPA2, then I'd go with that over WEP. One more thing to note - even if you get the security modes (WPA/WPA2/WEP) matching, there is another setting you need to check and that's the security algorithm that's being used - with WPA/WPA2, you can use TKIP or AES...and some older wireless cards will do one or the other, newer ones tend to do both. If you can't find settings you can change for TKIP/AES on the wireless card settings, then do some experimentation on the router.
Just out of curiosity, what type of laptop is it? Some laptops (Lenovo, older Dells, etc) come with their own wireless managers that might offer some more configuration options than comes with the standard Windows Zero Configuration utility.
Sorry for the delay in replying, Skrpune, family matters took over. The desktop is a Dell Dimension and 2 laptops are both Acer. The problem has been resloved by switching everything off and removing all the cables but I wonder why the wireless card wouldn't work when the security settngs on the router were changed from WEP to WPA. It also happened when the SSID was disabled. I really appreciated your help on the matter and also all the help I have got from this website. Thanks again
Posted 06 April 2010 - 06:29 PM
What operating system is she using? it would not happen to be Vista would it? I've seen Vista do some crazy things with wireless.
Posted 08 April 2010 - 11:26 AM
Thank you both for replying to my query. The operating system on all three devices is XP and the wireless card on the desktop was giving problems and that is why the external card was used. i think, as you say, Skrpune, that changing the settings upset the 'status quo' and the whole thing had to be reset. I didn't realise that. I want to thank you for the time you took to help me and I want to thank everyone on this site for their valuable contributions on many other issues on this site.
Just a little Could you please tell me if a wireless router will work in an area with absolutely NO mobile phone reception. I know that seems a daft question but I understand that they work on the same frequency. I have a friend who is connected via ethernet but wants to go wireless. I apologise for taking advantage of your help but I would appreciate any advice on this.
Posted 09 April 2010 - 12:24 PM
As long as you're on a hard-wired internet connection and have it plugged into the router (many home routers will have display light to signal that they do have internet access), you're good to go.
Just one more tidbit for full disclosure & clarity - if you're depending on 3g or 4g service to get your internet connection, that's a whole other story.
Thank you so much for your advice and for taking the time to reply. My friend's ISP is Virgin Media and he has been working on a wired connection for approx 2 years with a speedtouch modem. He requested a router from his ISP and received a d-link. His Toshiba laptop(OP=Vista) will connect to the router but not to the internet and we thought it may be because of the frequency. He didn't receive a cd with his router but I don't know if he needs one or even if his logon settings should be changed to accomodate the new router. Can you suggest what we might be doing wrong? I don't know if this query is in the right place or should I open it in a new topic?
Thank you for all your advice so far.(PS and your patience)
Posted 11 April 2010 - 12:28 PM
I would advise giving that a try - check the mac address on the computer that was previously plugged directly into the modem:
- run cmd.exe as administrator
- type in "ipconfig /all" (without the quotes)
- make note of the Physical Address (it will be 12 digits long, letters & numbers)
- make a note of the Gateway Address (probably something like 192.168.1.100)
Then log onto the router by opening a web browser & type in that gateway address. If it asks for a log on name & password, try admin with a blank password (or admin as the password as well)...if that doesn't work, check this site & see if you can find the log on/password combination there. Once you're logged into the router, you will have to hunt around to find the proper spot to put in the mac address to be used. A general how to for that can be found here. I'll bet that once the mac address is cloned, the router will have internet access, and hence anything connected to it (wired or wireless) will have internet.
Give that a shot & give a shout back to let us know if that worked...good luck!
Hi I'm sorry to be a pain.......I'm not sure if it is but if the router was preconfigured can the settings be changed? Thank you
Posted 15 April 2010 - 12:38 PM
If for some reason you can't log onto the router (i.e., if it's not at the default log on info and/or you don't remember the log on info) or if you just want to start fresh, then you can reset it to factory defaults - there should be a reset button (a teeny tiny little recessed button)...press & hold it down for a few seconds while the router is powered on. VOILA, you're back to an open network & a router that's back to factory defaults (with the log on info probably as admin/blank or admin/admin). Connect up to the open network, check your IP address, then enter that IP address in your browser to log on and change your settings.
THANK YOU SO MUCH, Skrpune, I followed your instructions and inserted the MAC address and got connected I appreciate your help on both my queries
Posted 07 February 2011 - 11:22 AM
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