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Wireless Connectivety (Home)

"How can I disconnect Ethernet and run "wireless" at home, I have a Billion 720G router with wireless "functionaly" I had to reinstall OS and now I cant get Comp to run wirelessly,I feel like a dummy lol
Many Thanks
N.B.Reinstalling OS took a while but sorted out my previous RunDLL Error on start up.

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  • jaegerdwp
    jaegerdwp Mar 05, 2009

    Hi,Its a Dell Dimension Desktop,2 years old ! It was all connected wirelessly on Teusday (set up a year ago by a friend who sold me router) All I did when I reinstaled OS was shut down computer,didnt touch router(all the lights stay on as per normal)but when the new OS & Drivers where installed it would connect wirelessly,so I connected Ethernet cable.I not familiar with LAN settings etc It must be very simple Thanks for your quick responce,David

  • Anonymous Mar 06, 2009

    Hi,I tried to download drivers for "Billion Myguard 7202G" but only found Firmware ? download,Modem is working fine,typed in IP address and had a look,but didnt want to mess with anything,you are right Drivers are missing etc,the only change on the router is that another light next to Lan has come on since connecting Ethernet cable.Could you elaborate on the device manager area & Wireless connections (one says using USB devise ?.I think I'm lost !
    Any help would be gratefull,sick of tripping over Ethernet cables etc,regards David

  • jaegerdwp
    jaegerdwp Mar 06, 2009

    Wireless connectivity is enabled as I typed in IP address,and had a look.

  • jrcolbert
    jrcolbert May 11, 2010

    what is the make and model of laptop, does it see a wireless network at all? is wireless turned on, on your laptop? most have a button to turn on or off. Also some wireless routers come with the wireless capabilities turned off out of box for security now. Make sure the router wireless connectivity is enabled.

    I just need some more info and I can help you solve this.

    Thanks


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Ok so off we go, first thing is since you reinstalled the OS, computer probably lost the driver files for the wireless device in you Dell Dimension. So you will have to find out the manufacturer of the wireless device and reinstall those drivers if you have not done so.

To verify this you need to go to the Device Manager and look for any hardware in the computer that is not installed properly (will have a symbol by it) defining there is a problem with the device, or not recognized by the computer.

Once the device manager comes back ok (everything operating normally) then you need to go to network connections. Look to see if you have a wireless connection there? If you do, then you need to connect to the wireless access point (router) So View available wireless connections. then connect to it.

There is the possibility that your friend set up the router connection with a wep kep (encryption) If so then you might just need to reset the router to factory defaults to remove this. (resetting the router to factory defaults is different depending on your router model) You will have to look this info up in the manual. Once the encryption is off it will become an open access point and you should be able to connect to it ok.

I know this was a lot of information in a short time, if you have questions please feel free to let us know.

Also if anyone else has a better (or easier) way for David to accomplish all of this please ring in.

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