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Connecting the computer to the router with a cable I found was an instant success with three different routers and two different service providers (and several computers).
I fitted a couple of generic wireless adaptors also without incident. Each wireless adaptor arrived with a mini disc and instructions to load the drivers before plugging in the usb adaptor and ten minutes larter I was looking at a list of available wireless networks and being asked to choose one and the enter the password that is written on the underside of the router.
Once I used the Windows wizard to set up a wireless network and similarly had no trouble. I don't think it is necessary to configure the computer to a particular modem and I have not heard others speak of such a thing. Apart from needing the driver for the usb wireless adaptor there it all should happen automatically
Once the driver is installed and the adaptor plugged in, it should be obvious whether it is working because it should detect nearby wireless networks - but it won't connect with any of them unless you click on a particular one. It will only be possible to connect to open wireless or the one or ones you have the password for.
Once the computer is connected it should get the IP address automatically and then connect to the internet..
I have a sneaking suspicion you are thinking too deeply about this. The internet these days is almost foolproof - it has to be for me to get it to work.
Perhaps your operating system is seriously corrupted...
Try turning off the wireless router fo 30 secs and then power it up again. When the LEDs light up, then boot up the HP laptop.
If this doesn't work, then check the laptop to see if the wireless router issued the HP laptop with an IP address. to do this - click on Start - Run - type cmd and press Enter. This will open a DOS command box, then type ipconfig and press Enter.
If the IP address returns 0.0.0.0 then the wireless router didn't issue the HP with an IP address and either the wireless router is faulty or the wireless card is faulty or it has lost its LAN configuration.
If the wireless router LEDs are all on, try connecting a LAN cable direct to the LAN port on the router and the laptop to see if it connects to the Internet. If it connects then install the latest wireless card driver and configure it with the wireless router's settings.
Do you have a good signal strength with the wireless USB adapter?
If not try moving the wireless router away from walls or metal objects and cordless phones, locate the wireless router higher.
See if there is a later driver for the wireless USB adapter, if so download and install it.
Sounds like you need to configure the PC's USB wireless adaptor. The settings must be the same as the router. If you use a WEP password on the other connections then you need to have the same password on the USB wireless adaptor.
You can connect to the Internet using your DSL wireless router by several methods.
1. If your HP has a LAN port the you can connect to your wireless router with a LAN cable (provided you have a spare LAN port on the router.
2. You can use a USB wireless adapter to connect to the wireless router.
3. You can use a PCMCIA wireless card to connect to the wireless router.
Both the wireless USB and PCMCIA wireless adapter are approx. $50, my preference is to use a PCMCIA adapter, it leaves the USB port free for other devices,such as USB memory sticks, especially if the laptop has only one USB port.