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When I try to install my wireless router, my desktop does not recognize it.

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  • Gromley May 11, 2010

    is it wireless router or router modem, if it is router do you have it pluged into your modem, and where is your desktop pluged in? how many ports on the modem and the router?

  • JDTec
    JDTec May 11, 2010

    Does your desktop have a wireless adapter? If so ,

    Did you install the wireless adapter drivers?

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You need:

1. a wireless adapter (working).. you adapter needs to have drivers that go with your operating system.. if you have problems on this area you need to go to the adapter manufacturer website and dowload drivers for your device according to your operating system (ex. if you have a xyz model made by company z and you are using windows vista... you need to go to company z, look in support for you to download driver and look for your device model xyz and look for a vista driver... you may need to install the driver first before plugging your device in (if your wireless adapter device uses a usb)
2. a wireless access point (a router)
3. if your router is configured with defaults (not recommended for security reasons) you're pretty much set, but if your router is configured (recommended) you need to know:
a. the SSID (name of your router/network),
b. wireless key or passphrase and
c. method of authentication set on your access point (wep, wpa, wpa2)

for a general reference of what you need and how it's suppose to work read the following article
http://www.microsoft.com/athome/moredone/wirelesssetup.mspx

to set up your computer to access a wireless router follow this steps
xp:
http://www.ln.edu.hk/itsc/tsg/wireless/wlan-configure/winxp-eng-v1.html
vista:
http://www.vista4beginners.com/How-to-setup-a-wireless-connection

tell us how it went!

Posted on Oct 09, 2008

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