My laptop can't seem to pick up the broadband in my home although 2 other laptop within my home don't seem to have this problem
3 very important things for you to know:
1. What is the make, model number, and operating system of your laptop?
2. What is the make and model of your wireless router?
3. Are you aware of whether or not your laptop is compatible with the particular type of wireless router you have in your home?
Assuming you are using any type of windows here are some fairly easy ways to troubleshoot connectivity issues:
First, make sure your hardware drivers are up to date via this linear method if possible:
Go into start menu, enter the "Control Panel"
In control panel find "Administrative Tools"
In administrative tools find "Computer Management"
Double clicking on this open a stand-alone window for [computer management]
From here you can go to "System Tools"---->"Device manager"
With device manager you can modify any device in your system.
Find your type of hardware and click the [+] to open the tree, then select the particular piece of hardware you are looking for. Simply right-click on the selected device and select "update driver software". If for some reason this option is unavailable you may alternatively enter the "properties" menu and from there click the "Driver" tab and select the "Update Driver" button.
You may then select the option to have windows search your computer and the internet for the appropriate driver automatically, or you can install the driver manually (recommended only for more advanced users, unless otherwise instructed to do so)
Assuming this is done or your hardware drivers were up to date in the first place, your wireless network adapted should undoubtedly be functioning normally. With all systems go you should attempt to connect to your network.
One of three things will happen:
A. No connection =(
B. Local only (not as bad)
C. Local and internet =D
Should you have no connection or limited connection i happen to know a common fix for common mistakes:
1: You must have a computer that is already connected to your network. Should this not be an option you can simply connect straight into your router with an ethernet cable.
2: Right click on the network notification icon in your taskbar (this is assuming you have followed step one)
XP - Select "Status"--->select "details"
Vista - Select "Connect to a network"--->right-click on [your network]---> select "status"---> select "details"
What you are looking for the IP address of your router labeled "IPV4 Default Gateway". For example mine is the same as most defaults "192.168.1.1"
You want to open a web browser (Internet explorer, Firefox (my personal preference), Netscape, etc.) and type the exact same number into the address bar. This should bring up your wireless router's setup page. Because of the amount of different hardware, this is not exact, but you will most likely be looking for a tab labeled "wireless" and then "security" or "wireless security".
A common mistake is not having everything set-up right between the computer and the router. You need to make sure that all of the above match between the two devices:
1. Security Type
2. Encryption Type
3. Network Security Key
4. Key index
5. Your SSID (network name) of course =)
With WEP or RADIUS the security key will be the corresponding transmit key. Anything else and you just need to make sure all the words and number match up.
Now then, Simply follow the steps for getting to the router page so you can find out what your set up actually is and compare it to your current connected network's properties
(Vista - Select "Connect to a network"--->right-click on [your network]---> select "properties"---> select "security" tab.)
Should you go through all of this and still have a connection problem a simple power-cycling (turning the power off for both the modem and router and then back on) should do the trick. (You can try this right from the start but it may take a while for both the modem and router to fully recover, thus delaying your connection and prolonging the problem)
If all else fails I'm sorry to say that there seems to be intermittent problems with multiple computers running different versions of windows (mainly if one is vista for some reason) and trying to connect to the same router, and i would assume that if you get to this point to no avail we shall hear form you again very soon =)
If you are really desperate you can check into updating the firmware on your router as well.
Cheers if it helps! and cheers if it doesn't but you tried anyway!
Feb 14, 2011 |
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