I can't get this thing to install properly. It keeps *saying* it's installed, but A.) the "Available Wireless Networks" screen that's supposed to appear never does, and B.) the icon never appears in the taskbar. My Device Manager gives it a yellow triangle, but nothing more specific as to what the problem might be. I found a file in the install folder that makes the icon appear in the taskbar, but it's greyed out and completely non-functional. All you can do is open up the Available Wireless Networks screen, which displays no connections and all of the buttons except "Exit" do nothing at all. A network exists - I'm using it right now on a laptop. But my desktop using this device can't see it. (Both run XP SP3, in case it matters.) Any clues?
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You will need to install a wireless router on your network in order to use the device. Other wireless networks may occasionally appear around you, but it is unlawful to connect to these networks without permission. Any place that sells computer equipment will probably have a wireless router available. They range from $20.00 - $120.00.
Wi-Fi card can be considered broken only if its not able to scan for any available networks. Also, do check in the device manager of the computer. Check for the device status of this wireless adapter there. If its properly installed, etc., it should say, "This device is working properly". There is also a fix for other error messages. Regarding hardware breakage, we cannot come to a conclusion so easily as we have all these things to check. The case may be little complicated as its an in-built wireless card. We cannot even remove it and try on a different computer.
Make sure the wireless capabilities are turned on on your router. On your computer scan for available networks and it should detect the router. Once detected it will ask you for the Passkey/WEP/Secutity Key. You should have a note of this when you originally set up your wireless connection. If not then your computer network set up wizard may 'kick in' and just follow the instruction. Remember to keep a note of your PASSKey/WEP as you will require it in future
Are you using Windows XP on your primary PC? If yes, you dont need to install the wireless LAN monitor of the usb adapter because Windows XP has a built-in wireless monitor. Start with a clean slate by uninstalling it from Add/Remove Programs. Next, to install it properly, just plug the wireless adapter into your computer, and when Windows XP finds it, it will either look for the cd to get its driver or it will install it automatically (verify this by right clicking on My Computer >> Properties >> Hardware >> Device Manager. You should see the adapter under Network Adapters) and it should say something like "it's working properly). Once installed, go to Control Panel >> Network Connections. Right click Wireless Network Connection, click View Available Wireless Networks. Connect to your wireless router from here.
Wireless Adapter Installation
A. Install the software.
Note: Firewall and anti-spyware need to be disabled. They sometimes treat software installation as a behavior of a spyware and therefore will prevent installation.
1. Please power on your computer. Allow the operating system to boot up completely and log in as needed. 2. Insert the NETGEAR adapter Resource CD into your CD-ROM drive. The CD main page shown at the right will then load. 3. Click the Install Driver & Utility. 4. Please make sure that you follow the Install Shield Wizard steps. Click Finish when done and turn off your computer.
B. Install the adapter.
1. Please make sure that you shut down the PC first and then remove the power cord. 2. Please insert the NETGEAR adapter into the available expansion slot.
Note: If you have PCI adapter, connect the antenna to the adapter, making sure the antenna is in the upright position.
3. Reconnect the power cord and reboot the computer. 4. When the Found New Hardware Wizard displays, please click on Next and then follow the prompt. If you are prompted with a Windows XP Logo testing message, just click on Continue Anyway. 5. After the installation completes, click Finish to close the wizard. .
Configure the NETGEAR adapter.
1. Please Double click on the NETGEAR icon on the right lower end portion of your computer.
Note: If you do not see the icon, click on Start and go to Programs. Locate the NETGEAR Utility and click on the NETGEAR Smart Configuration Utility.
2. Click on the Networks tab. 3. Click on the Scan button. 4. Select the Network Name or SSID of your wireless network. 5. Click on the Connect button. 6. You will be directed to the Settings tab. 7. Type a name for the Profile. 8. The Network Name (SSID) will be the same with your wireless network. 9. Make sure that the Network Type is set to Access Point (Infrastructure). 10. Select the Security that you are using on your wireless router. 11. Click on Save Profile. 12. Click on the Apply button.
Enabling Wireless Zero Configuration Utility
1. Please click on Start, Run and type in services.msc and click on OK. 2. Scroll down and look for Wireless Zero Configuration. Right click on it and click on Start. 3. Right click on Wireless Zero Configuration again and click on Properties. 4. Under the General tab, set the Start up Type to Automatic and Service Status to Started. Then, click on Apply and OK.
Connecting to the Wireless Network
For Windows XP Service Pack 1:
1. Please right click on the Wireless icon on the right lower end portion of your computer. Then click on View Available Wireless Networks. 2. Click on the Advanced tab. 3. Please delete all the preferred networks then click on OK. 4. Right click on the Wireless icon again and click on View Available Wireless Networks. 5. Please select your network and click on Connect. If you have Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) or Wi-fi Protected Access (WPA) enabled on the router, it will ask you for the network key. Please type in the Network Key and then confirm it. 6. Make sure not to enable IEEE and then click on Connect.
For Windows XP Service Pack 2:
1. Please right click on the Wireless icon on the right lower end portion of your computer. Then click on View Available Wireless Networks. 2. Click on the Change Advanced Settings. 3. Click on the Wireless Networks tab remove all the preferred networks then click on OK. 4. Right click on the Wireless icon then click on View Available Wireless Networks. 5. Select your network and click on Connect. 6. If you have Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) or Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) enabled on the router, it will ask you for the network key. Type in the network key and confirm it. Then click on Connect.
For Windows Vista:
1. Click Start then select Connect To. 2. Connect to a network window will show up. 3. Select your wireless network and click Connect. 4. It will ask you for a network key. Type in the network key and confirm it. Then click on Connect.
Note: You may use the wireless utility of your wireless adapter in connecting to the wireless network but you need to clear "Use Windows to configure my wireless networks" on the Wireless Networks tab.
We hope that the above steps provided would help resolve the problem. If the steps above did not work, we will need to get some additional details from you to be able to assist you further. I have summarized my questions below:
1. Can your computer go online when it is hardwired to the router? 2. What wireless adapter are you using? 3. What is the operating system of your computer?
You have not mentioned having a wireless router or access point to serve as the hub on an infrastructure network. I you have a router please let me know -- the instructions for the solution changes.
The following is an article to create an ad hoc network between wireless cards without a wireless access point or a router. If you ignore the steps about connecting to the internet with a wired connection and the internet sharing instructions. This will allow your machines with wireless adapters to communicate with each other (assuming the operate on a common band). The article goes on to indicate one machine with a wired connection can act as the "router" for the other two when it is on to allow them share internet access with the wired machine (the wired machine also needs a wireless card for this to work).