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Cannont connect 3rd laptop to Linksys Wireless router WRT54G

I moved in with some friends and have been trying to connect to the wireless router. They both have no problems connecting to the router. I have the correct network key and have typed it in multiple times knowing that the characters are case sensitive. Their is a particular setting on the router that must be preventing additional devices to connect. Reason I know this is my PS3 will not connect either! The DHCP setting is set at 50. When I try to connect wirelessly, it continually states "Acquiring network address". I can connect to the router directly and it works fine. I have spoken with tech support and they recommend that I switch the security setting from WPA to WEP. However, this router is not my personal router but my friends and I don't want to change any settings if possible. Any suggestions?

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  • Anonymous Dec 20, 2008

    How do I go about obtaining the MAC ID?

  • eecom May 11, 2010

    Hi Guest...if you are using Windows - to find the MAC address of the computer that you are using, go to Start > (Run) and type cmd into the box. Click OK. You should see a special command line window. Type ipconfig /all into the window and press return (note there is a space before the forward slash).

    On the readout which appears, the 'Physical Address' is the computer's MAC address.

  • eecom May 11, 2010

    Hi...you might be right about another security setting on the router.

    There is an option to filter devices by MAC address, a type of unique address that is assigned to each device on the network. If this is enabled, you will be locked out.

    Can you ask your friends to login to the router and see if MAC address filtering is on? If it is, you can add your own MAC address to the permitted list and then, we hope, connect. If not, the problem lies elsewhere.

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Hi taejardine,

Try logging into the router to see whether the Wireless MAC Filter is Enabled. Since you already know that the DHCP limit is set to 50, I presume you've already logged into the router successfully. The Wireless MAC Filter is on the Wireless tab (the second tab, next to Setup), and is the third parameter from the left.

If the filter is enabled, simply add the MAC ID of each of your devices to Permit list (this won't affect your friends' use of the router).

If both of their devices work, and none of your devices work, then the odds are pretty good that the MAC ID Filter is the culprit. I hope this helps - please let know if I can be of any further assistance.

Kind regards,
H2H

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