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Can't see any wireless networks in the area, but I know there are many

I have a Netgear WG511T wireless PCMCIA card in a vpr Matrix laptop. The card is recognized by the laptop and the drivers get installed (the default ones), but the card's led blink alternate indicating that is trying to connect, but no connection. I downloaded the last drivers from the site (ver but still the same problem. My router is DLink DI-524 and I know it works since I'm using it right now another latpop that's connected to it. Also, my other laptop sees many wireless networks in the available list while the Netgear card can't see any (so it's not just a problem of my router or the Dlink-Netgear mix unless all the other networks in my range are DLink routers...) I have no idea what else to try, or if there's anyway i can diagnose the card... it is working somehow (at least as the laptop is concerned) but it just can't connect to anything...

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  • Laura Aguiar Nov 17, 2006

    The connection is configured to get an IP automatically and i tried giving a static address and it did not work.

    The problem happens before that. I mean, if i plug the card and see the status is always trying to connect (searching for networks) but never finds any. If i see the list of available networks in the area is empty so the problem is that the card scans the wireless frequency (or whatever) and does not see anything, it is not a "connection" problem (like it finds the network but can't get the connection to work)...

  • ddoherty64 Nov 20, 2008

    my wireless card is a wg511T and it only has a single light blinking and i try to connect it but nothing works do i need to get a new one or what would i do to connect it to the network

  • Anonymous Feb 25, 2009

    i have a d-link router. All of a sudden it doesn't recognize my secured network. How can I reestablish connectivity?



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Can your other laptop see the laptop with the problem. First check that it is being given an IP address in your router and set to obtain IP address automatically. You may need to give the wireless card an ip address and DNS address yourself within the same range as the others; this way you know the addresses are correct. Just check that your problem laptop has the same network group name, right click my computer>properties>computer name and check the workgroup name is tha same as rest of your pc's. Keep trying you'll win in the end!

Posted on Nov 17, 2006

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    andrew pester Nov 17, 2006

    I would uninstal the drivers again and start from scratch, also worth trying Windows wireless Zero Configuration instead of the wireless cards utility.



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