I am using an IBMR50e laptop, running Windows XP professional. As my laptop did not come with built in wireless, I am using a Netgear WG511U adapter. The trouble is this: I have succesfully set up (in my apartment bulding, for use on 4 PC's) a wireless (11G) network using a Linksys W54GC router (currently, the network is protected by a 16bit, WEP passkey). The wireless network is accessible on all of the other PC's in my building but mine.
Specifically, here's what's going on: when I scan for the network, I see it no problem. If the security on the network is turned off, I connect and am able to browse the web. If security is ON, then my adapter still connects to the network, but when I open my browser, I get a message from my browser(Mozilla) reporting that it cannot connect to the web. Everything works fine without security, but the moment I enable the WEP password, I can no longer connect. I have verified multiple times that I am entering the passwphrase correctly -- and to make sure that I'm not making some mistake, I've tried entering the same password alternately in the "passphrase" and "manual key" fields offered to me by the network adapter software. In neither instance am I able to connect.
Here's some speculation that might help the kind soul who can assist me: when I purchased the laptop, it came with "AccessIBM" wireless software already installed. The odd thing is that I can't seem to disable the AccessIBM software (but the option to only use the AccessIBM software doesn't work, as the NetGear software needs to be running to use the NetGear adapter). I've been able to connect to unprotected networks without any problem, and I wonder if the issue with the protected network is that the AccessIBM software is somehow interfering.
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Re: Trouble connecting to 16bit WEP network
On wireless networks, there are 2 stages of connecting. The first is associating with the Access Point. The seconds is properly authenticating to the Access Point. It sounds like the first stage is happening fine. The seconds stage (encryption) is where it sounds you are having the problem.
With out successful authentication in the 2nd stage, you will not be connected to the rest of the network. The reason why you cannot get out to the Internet is probably because your laptop never received an IP address via DHCP. This can be confirmed by opening a command prompt (start -> run -> Type "cmd" (No Quotes) -> Hit OK) and executing the following command:
You should have a 192.168.x.x IP address. If you have an address in the 169.254.x.x or 0.0.0.0 range, then your laptop did not receive and IP address and will not get out to the Internet.
The cause for you not getting an IP address is most likey due to the encryption keys not EXACTLY matching. This often happens when using different vendors products, as their implementations are not always EXACTLY the same.
From what you mentioned above, 16 bit WEP key does not sound like a standard length. They are typically 10 or 26 bit. What I would recommend is that you set your wireless clients and wireless router to the EXACT same settings. When doing this, do not use pass-phrases or ascii characters, as different vendors may produce different keys, and this may be causing your problem. What you want to use is a 10 or 26 character string of the digits 0-9 and the letters a-f. This is known as a hexidecimal string. This is the one sure way you will have exact matches on both sides. One example of a 26-bit WEP key would be the following:
Note: The letters can be uppercase or lowercase. Hexidecimal characters are case insensitive.
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I'm seeing many reviews for this device that imply they are not very reliable and may not work even out-of-box. My first question is why can't you simply get a USB 802.11 device to use with your WiFi? XP can connect to any WiFi as long as it has a wireless network adapter installed. It only has native support for WEP encryption, but with SP3 installed you have support for all wireless encryption standards.
1) Wireless Switch of the Laptop is off (Wifi is Off) it is located somewhere on the edge of the laptops or Fn+F2 might turn the switch ON and OFF 2) The setting required to configure wireless connection
Check the following steps
Windows XP 1. Click on the Start Menu, and click on Control Panel. 2.Find
and double-click “Network Connections” to open up the list
ofconnections that your 3. computer uses to connect to the internet. 4. Right click “Wireless Network Connection” and select “Properties”. 5. Go to the “Wireless Networks” Tab 6. Check “Use Windows to configure my wireless network settings”, if it isn't already. 7. Click “Add” to add a wireless profile. * Enter in the Network name (SSID). (It was your desired SSID from Step 6 ). * Uncheck the box “The key is provided for me automatically”. * Put in the “Key 1” code from Step 7 into “Network key” and “Confirm network key”. * Push “OK” # Open Internet Explorer (with the computer connected to the Router) # Enter 192.168.1.1 into the Address Bar, push Enter # Leave the User Name field blank # Under the password field enter “admin” # Click “OK”
# Click “Wireless” # Click “Basic Wireless Settings” # Enter a desired name into the “Wireless Network Name (SSID)” field # Write down your Wireless Network SSID, it will be used for later. # Click “Save Settings”
* Click “Wireless” * Click “Wireless Security” * Select “WEP” in the “Security Mode” field * Bubble “1” under the “Default Transmit Key” field * Select “128 bits 26 hex digits” * Enter a desired passphrase into the “Passphrase” field * Click “Generate” *
Carefully write down the code generated in the “Key 1” field on paper,
and store it in a safe place. THIS IS YOUR WEP KEY, it will be needed
later on. * Click “Save Settings”
Limited or no connectivity indicates that the computer cannot acquire a valid IP address. This is due to incorrect network key you have entered. We need to check the correct WEP key in your router's setup page. Here are the troubleshooting steps we recommend you try:
Note: You need to use a computer hardwired to the router to check the wireless settings.
1. Please open any web browser like Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator. 2. Connect to the router by typing http://routerlogin.com/basicsetting.htm or http://192.168.1.1 in the address field. Please click Enter or Return key. 3. A window will prompt for a user name and password. The default username is "admin" and the default password is "password".
Note: If it does not take password as the password, you might have changed it when you have run the NETGEAR Setup CD so please try other passwords. If you cannot remember the password, you need to reset the router and run the Setup CD to reconfigure it.
4. Click on Wireless Settings under Setup page. 5. Take note of the SSID. 6. Scroll down, look for the Security Options and check whether WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) or WPA (Wi-fi Protected Access) is selected. 7. If its WEP is enabled, copy the value of the selected Key number. If WPA is selected, take note of the Passphrase. 8. To configure the computer with wireless adapter, please consider the following:
Configuring the NETGEAR adapter and Saving the Profile
a. Open the NETGEAR Smart Wireless Settings Utility icon located at the lower right portion of your computer screen. It will then open the Settings tab. b. Change the Network Name SSID to match the one on your router.
Tip: As an alternative to typing in the SSID, you can use the Network tab to view the available wireless networks. Double click on the desired network.
c. Click the Apply button to activate the connection. d. Enter a name for your profile (e.g. NETGEAR to Home Network) and click the Save Profile button to store the current settings.
Note: The above procedure applies only if you are trying to connect to a wireless network with no wireless security.
If the computer is using Windows built-in wireless program to manage the wireless adapter, please follow the steps below:
For Windows XP Service Pack 1
a. Please right click on the Wireless icon on the right lower end portion of your computer. Then click on to View Available Wireless Networks. b. Click on the Advanced tab. c. Please delete all the preferred networks then click on OK. d. Right click on the Wireless icon again and click on View Available Wireless Network. e. 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. The network key will be the Key or Passphrase you have copied from the router setup (refer to step 7). Please type in the Network Key and then confirm it. f. Make sure not to enable IEEE and then click on Connect.
For Windows XP Service Pack 2:
a. Please right click on the Wireless icon on the right lower end portion of your computer. Then click on to 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 Network. 5. 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. The network key will be the Key or Passphrase you have copied from the router setup (refer to step 7). 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. Please ask assistance from the wireless adapter vendor for configuration if using a proprietary wireless utility (non-NETGEAR wireless adapters).
Windows XP has a built in wifi configuration tool, previous versions of windows dont have this feature. But if you were to buy a wireless card it comes with software for wireless to work on all versions of windows from 98 - XP most if not all new laptops have wifi built in & that will be able to share your broadband connection through the netgear router. You can configure the laptop & pc to share files & printer between each other, easy way of doing that is by using the wireless network setup wizard which can be found in Start -> All Prograns -> Accessories -> Communications -> Wireless Network Setup Wizard.
It is possible that you need to further fine tune your WEP configuration. To verify if it's the security lock, try running the laptop and the router without the WEP security (disabled) and determine if you still get the "Limited connection or no connectivity".
If yes, you have just eliminated that area and could consider other possibilities, otherwise you then have to concentrate on the WEP security.
Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back on any developments (or lack thereof) or should you need additional information.
If your system is encrypted you will need to set it up in xp before you open the media centre as if i remember there is no option to enter a password for WEP.
Just open the network card properties and select the TCP/IP line then properties ans select obtain ip address automatically.
Then when network is detected enter the WEP password numbers.