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I just purchased a lenova idea pad laptop computer that is setup for wireless connection. my son gave me a netgear wgr614 wireless router. i hooked an ethernet wire from my dsl modem to the wireless router(into the port marked internet)my laptop will work if i am setting next to the router but will not stay on the internet if i get more than a couple of feet away from the router. i also tried hooking my desktop computer to port one of the router but am unable to get the internet to load on the desktop. Any assistance with this would be very greatful. Thanks Rick Vaughan rickvaughan1@myway.com and /or rickvaughan1@aol.com

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Its hard to diagnose cause the process starts long before your current setup..ie, programming your router. So I have attached a website from Microsoft that walks you thru the steps to set up your wireless home network so you can backtrack...good luck and let me know if you have any problems. Pls rate this solution.

http://www.microsoft.com/athome/moredone/wirelesssetup.mspx#step3

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Netgear routers--like all wireless routers--give you the opportunity to access the Internet with your laptop or wireless-adapted computer from virtually anywhere in your house within range of the router's WiFi signal. Though slightly different in appearance from other router models by Netgear, the WGR614 V5 acts similar in its setup process as others such as the WGT624 or WNR1000 series routers.
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