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I recently want to connect to my friends homenetwork with a Linksys router WEP +mac filter list security key she has regster my Mac address but the Homenetwork shows excellent power but my wireless connection shows disconnected to it. no web page opens

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  • silverstar Aug 22, 2007

    Linksys WRT54GS router and VAIO PCG9W7L laptop user with built-inn wireless card Xp service pack2, cannot connect to my friends homenetwork although it shows the homenetwork connected there is no internet



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Hi, A couple of questions for additional information: 1. The LinkSys AP/Router, what model: WRT300N or WRT54G? (Actually makes no difference what model, just that knowing will help me be more precise in pointing configuration) 2. OS, WinXP Pro SP2? Updated? 3. Was there a time when Windows was reinstalled or your HD re-formatted? 4. In your Device Manager, what wifi card do you have? 5. Are you using the Windows built-in Wireless Connection or a third party configuration/connection utility? Just to give you an idea in my old Sony Vaio PCG-F709 with a NetGear WiFi card, Windows can not detect the WiFi Network but using NetGear Smart Wizard instead of the Windows built-in Wireless Connection, I was able to connect. Kind regards.

Posted on Aug 22, 2007

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    Louie Role Aug 23, 2007

    Hi again,
    Based on your recent post/comment and assuming "it shows the homenetwork connected there is no internet", then maybe its not your wifi settings that need to be checked but that of your browser.
    In Mozilla - Tools, Options, Advanced, Network tab, Settings button, tick Auto-detect proxy settings for this network, OK, OK.
    In IE - Tools, Internet Options, Connections tab, LAN Settings button, check Automatically detect settings, OK; Advanced tab, check Use HTTP1,1 through proxy connections, OK, OK.
    In Opera - Tools, Preferences, Advanced tab, Network, Proxy Servers button, Check automatic proxy configuration, OK, OK.
    To verify that you can really connect to the "homenetwork" >
    Start, Run, type "cmd" without the quotes;
    type ping;
    it should display then "Reply from 192.....TTL=64; this means you're connected to your friend's AP/Router; If not then you are not connected to the "homenetwork".
    type ping;
    it should display then "Reply from 209.....TTL=...; this means you're connected to your friend's AP/Router and that you can connect to the Internet; try your browser again.

    If still no connection, did you follow Sandrew's solution? Can you provide information to my previous posting @s 3, 4 & 5.


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You should only need to enter the WEP key and get youre friend to remove your mac address. You may also need to refresh the ip address of your wireless card, so go to control panel>network connections>right click to properties>TCP/IP line>properties and ensure 'obtain ip address automatically' is ticked, then reastart your pc. Or you can also click Start>Run, then type ipconfig /flushdns, so as to renew your dns and ip address.

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