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I am a total beginner trying to get his son's laptop to work. Cant connect to internet. Dont even have wireless as an option when I go to Network settings. Thanks in advance for your help...

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  • maximehenaul Dec 15, 2008

    Thanks guys, I realise now the information I provided was quite limited. I was actually trying to get wireless working on a computer that didn't come with any operating software. So a friend installed Ubuntu and Xubuntu.

    With Linux, I was told the wireless automatically kicks in. I haven't seen anything come up and when I go to Network settings, I get only model dialup and another cabled network option. But nothing about wireless. I checked all around the Acer computer and no Wireless switch. (at least didn't find any).

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    Need Laptop make and model..Does it have built in wire less?Did it come with a wireless card?What operating system(VISTA?).

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To get wireless you will need the following, a wireless adapter built into the computer or an external wireless adapter running on USB. Then you need to have the drivers for the wireless device installed which you will have to do if the system did not come pre-installed with wireless. Even for a beginner this is pretty straight forward and instructions come with the device. Next, you will need to have a wireless router and this will need to be configured. These are usually configured through a web interface, but the software that came with the router should also provide a wizard. Finally the frequency and channels the devices use have to match, this will be a letter such as A,B, or G. The further the letter is in the alphabet the better your range and speed, G is better then A, etc. When everything seems to be working, you can setup WEP. This is so other people can't steal your wireless and it is configured by putting in the address of the router into your web browser, usually 192.168.1.1 from a wired machine. Setup a password and write down the hex value it creates, something like f45e9645, etc. Then re-connect to the wireless using the operating system. When it asks you for the key put in the value you wrote down. Voila!! Safe secure wireless.

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    Should mention if you have a laptop there is also probably an on/off button for the wireless radio if it is built-in. This is because wireless is a battery leach. So make sure the wireless is on.

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