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A network cable is unplugged

I've been trying to set up a wireless network at home using the Netgear RangeMax dual band Wireless-N Router. After inserting the setup CD and began running the network wizard I received the message ''Unable to connect, a network cable is unplugged''. As I looked in my network connections I noticed that the ''Realtek RTL8139/810x Family Fast Ethernet Nic network cable is unplugged''. I've already replaced my network adapter with ''Nextgear gigabit PCI adapter 10/100/1000 GA311'' with no luck. I've also replaced my cable 5 times. Now I also have 7 local area connections with the ''Realtek RTL8169/8110 Family Gigabit Ethernet connection'' and 9 local area connections with the ''Realtek RTL8139/810x Family Fast Ethernet Nic''. I've read so forums and some suggest deleting the connections from my registry, but I'm not comfortable with deleting items from there. Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.

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OK, in order to solve this problem, I will need more information:

1) What is your operating system (i.e. Windows XP? Windows Vista?)

2) Is this a laptop or a desktop computer?

3) If it is a laptop, is there a switch on the case that turns on and off the wireless ability? Check your user manual - it might be as simple as turning on the wireless switch.

4) If it is a desktop, what kind of wireless adapter did you install?

I'll be able to help more when I get this information. In the meantime, here are a few things you can do:

First of all, you need to delete all of the duplicate connections from Network Connections. They won't really hurt, but they're not helping either. To delete them, just right-click on them one at a time and choose "delete."

Next, you need to understand what the message "a network cable is unplugged" refers to: this has nothing to do with wireless. If there is no actual hard-wire cable connected to your computer, the port (that's the opening that you plug a network cable into) will tell Windows that it is empty. This results in the message "a network cable is unplugged." You can ignore it, or - if you plan to use this computer with a wireless connection only - you can right-click on the connection in Network Connections and choose "disable." This stops the message from appearing, and can be reversed (enable) at any time.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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