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Re: Wireless adapter fails to negotiate with a secure...
Ok, It looks like you have a DSL connection for your internet service. The problem you are having is that you are missing the WEP key inorder to connect to the modem with a secure link. The Modem has to be set to use WEP security and then there are a number of security keys that can added for security. Your modem is not configured for WEP, otherwise you would not be able to connect to it with no security.
You will have to read the information and access the modems setup features to enter the keys. You may have to go to the manufacturers web site and download the manual from it. If Verizon does not give you access to the modem for adjustment then you may need to have them setup the wep and email you the keys so you may copy and paste them into your connection configuration. Depending on the security level of the modem the longer the key the more secure. Some modems use a transmit key and a receive key in order to make the connection more secure. I would also check the modem and see if it has any options for WPA security, which are much better than the WEP. On any computer that connects to the network you have to create the connection with the WEP key or keys. If the modem uses these different keys then you have to match them. Say the modem WEP key is X to transmit and Y to receive, then the computers WEP would be set to Y to transmit and X to receive. The keys are also case sensitive numbers and letters, and the longer the better for network security. The manual will tell you the allowable maximum length you can use for the key. You can use the same key for transmit and receive if you wish to make it easier on you, but it all boils down to the type of security you programmed into the modem.
Read the owners manual for the modem and then you will have an idea what and how to get the two wireless connections to talk securely to each other. Currently your system is wide open and anyone can log on to your system without security, even the next door neighbor. Good Luck, RAC
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If you are facing wireless interference on the wireless connection and have already tried resetting and changing wireless channel on the routers and the issue still persists then please check the factors that could cause wireless interference.
The factors you need to check:
1) Make sure that the router is sitting on a wooden desk. If it is sitting on any metallic surface or on top of your Monitor or CPU, please remove it and then keep it on a wooden or glass surface.
2) Some modems may create interference with the router. So it is always advice able that you place your router at least 3 feet away from the modem.
3) Since Your router is having internal antennas, the transmission capability of your router can be increased if your router is mounted vertically rather than keeping it horizontally.
4) Similarly, Make sure that the wireless adapter in your wireless computer is positioned in such a way that it can receive wireless signals generated from the router without any disturbances. If your wireless adapter is hiding inside any enclosed surface you can position it properly.
5) Similarly if you have a cordless phone operating at 2.4 Ghz, It will definitely interfere with the wireless signals generated from the router. Make sure that you keep your cordless phone away from the router or other wireless devices or you can even switch off the phone for sometime for testing purpose.
6) Also try disabling the personal firewalls in your computer like Mcafee, Norton Internet security, Spy ware, Zone alarm etc.
Hope this information allows you to resolve the issue.
go to the wireless access point admin settings (not on your wireless adapter on your laptop). then check wireless security settings. if you see something there such as security key, that is the security key that you need to set up on your laptop. if security key is not visible, try to see if there is an option there which says unmask to show the security key, then copy it to your laptop. if all else fails, change the security key in the wireless access point and change all the wireless adapters that connect to it accordingly to the new security key you set it up.
To make your wireless router secure you need to use your browser and type in the router's IP configuration address. Then you need to change the default Admin password,
change SSID and turn off SSID broadcast,
setup the encryption (use WAP or WAP2 if your wireless card supports WAP) if not use WEP 128 bit encryption
and for added protection use MAC address filtering.
Ethernet cable out of DSL modem, to current router (if you have one).
Ethernet cable out of current router (if you have one) to new Wireless N router.
If you currently have a wireless G router, keep it, or, use the new Wireless G/N router alone. You will need to set up all security settings again if you remove your current router, and if the new router is N only, you will need to make sure all your wireless connecting computers have wireless N cards in them.
you can run another ethernet cable from your westell modem to your laptop. hence, if you want your laptop to connect wirelessly, it must have a wireless card/adapter inside. if it already has a wireless adapter, it should automatically detect your wireless network and you just need to connect to it (note: you need to enter the correct wireless security/network key if you have enabled it on your modem). by default the serial number is the ssid of the router and the wireless security is disabled. but if you are not sure of your wireless security, log on to the modem's web user interface by typing http://192.168.1.1 on your web browser's address. then go to the wireless section and verify your wireless settings from there.
If you are using Windows XP, In the lower right hand side there is a blinking tray icon that looks like a computer with waves coming from it, double click it and you will see "signal strength" with green bars. If your wireless adapter is internal, you may have to move the wireless router until you get a better signal on your computer. Try putting it somewhere up high with no large metal or concrete objects between it and your computer. If your adapter is external USB, move it around until the signal improves and try to secure it in that position. Hope this helps.