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Problem connecting wirelessly using netgear router MR814v2

Hi,
I am using the MR814v2 router. I have my main computer online. However, when I try to connect my laptop wirelessly, it does not connect. Its a new laptop and was catching signals for neighbouring networks and connecting sporadically to one of the unsecure ones.

I have set up a WEP key and used the 'AUTOMATIC' setting for the authentication and 64 bit for data encryption. It asked for a WEP key which I put in and then it generated 4 'keys'.

Now in the laptop, it shows my network in the drop down list, but says 'connection to WLAN failed'. I tried to edit it. Initially it wouldn't let me saying that the network was secure and it asked for a 'Network key'. At first I wasnt sure what to put in. THen I set up the above mentioned WEP key and the 4 keys. I used the first key as the ' for this. After clicking 'ok' the window just closed up. So I assumed that I was 'in' :) But it is still not connecting and I have no more light bulbs going on.

I have not set up any TCP/IP settings etc. The laptop is obtaining al that automatically for the WLAN.

All tips and help is most welcome!
Thankyou!

AZL

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Hi, you should consider changing your security to WPA-PSK or WPA2-PSK encryption instead of WEP as WEP can be cracked in a matter of minutes, even 128bit keys can be cracked easily. Plus there's no confusion over the four WEP keys generated.

With WPA you choose the key so it can be a word instead of random key, making it easier to remember. Just make sure its not a simple word that can be guessed, and use random numbers or characters so something like 64ranDomWordz92. Its case sensitive too so chucking in capitals makes it even harder to guess. Don't forget to write it down in case you forget it, make sure you write it correctly.

Now you know which key your using, go to manage wireless networks on your laptop and delete any profile you have for your network. Now when you try to connect, it will ask for your WPA / WPA2 passkey, just type it in and hit enter, you should now be connected.

Let me know if you need help with any of the above.

Posted on Jan 28, 2009

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