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Trying to figure out why i have to connect the blue wire to my laptop from the router, i want a wireless connection?

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  • andyrahal Dec 27, 2008

    i have a toshiba pc, using windows, the router is lela cisco WRT160N

  • Bruce Volkers
    Bruce Volkers May 11, 2010

    Did you enter the WEP key correctly when setting up through the windows wireless connection wizard?

  • Kevin Shafer
    Kevin Shafer May 11, 2010

    1. Is the wireless light on on the router?
    2. Is the wireless light on on the laptop?


  • Kevin Shafer
    Kevin Shafer May 11, 2010

    What kind of router? What kind of computer?

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You do not have to connect your laptop to your router if you want to use it wirelessly.
For doing the initial setup for the router although I would definitely recommend to connect both with a cable and not doing it wireless.
The main reason is, if you setup your security (WEP or better WPA, idealy WPA2), you will loose instantaneously the connection to your router. You will have to copy the network key to your laptop to reconnect to the router.
Therefore: connect your laptop with an ethernet cable to your router and follow the instructions in the user guide (if you don't have it, you can get it here. Setup your router manually and don't use "Wi-Fi Protected Setup button" - that way you know what is happening. Choose a long security key (63 characters) for WPA (or WPA2, if your computer can handle that) and leave everything else on default.
Copy the network key into a text document and save it on your computer, so you have it handy when the router asks for it.
Unplug the cable.
Check if you can connect.
Reconnect the cable to your router.
Change your SSID and use MAC filtering, unplug and check again for connectivity.

If this helps you, please leave a comment here, because it might assist others too.

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