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Wirless networking My boss has just given me his old lap top which works fine in the office where we are wirless. Bought the machine home plugged it in and in the task bar there is an icon of two computers with a red line throught them. So I click on this and I see Local Area Connection LAN or High Speed Network Cable unplugged Realtek RTL8139 and another for 1394 connection Lan or or High Speed Connected 1394 Net adapter I have click on both of these but still it wont find the network bearing in mind my daughters laptop is fine. In Run menu have typed services.msc and found wire less zero config selected automatic (and its is starting) clicked apply clicked ok gone back to the task bar but still no wirless icon. Been into control panel and selected wirless set up no joy there either. Lastley I have turn off my internet sec (Bit defender) then repeated all of the above but still to no avail. HELP.. PLEASE. does any one have any ideas?

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  • Mark Jul 23, 2009

    Sorry I dont no appartly there should be an icon for a wireless conction but my laptop is not picking any thing up

  • Mark Jul 23, 2009

    Sorry I dont no appartly there should be an icon for a wireless conction but my laptop is not picking any thing up

  • Daniel Kozachek
    Daniel Kozachek May 11, 2010

    Is your home network name hidden and/or is it encrypted?

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The red line through the icon indicates that that network adapter is disabled in the device manager. (You can enable it by right clicking My computer, choose Manage>device manager. But the realtek is used for your ethernet cable connection. The 1394 connections are network adapters used for network connections to printers, etc. probably left over from your work setting, and can be disabled for the moment.
You don't mention what OS you're using, but I'll guess XP, and provide another link for vista just in case....
In any event, it's going to be necessary for you to reconfigure your network connection to the router/gateway you're using at home to connect to your ISP. Here's a general wireless networking troubleshooter, in the event that you've already covered the basics. And here and here are articles/links that will give you more advanced guidance. (Also here.)
But here and here are links to basics: to help you set up and maintain a network in xp, and here's an alternative for vista.
Another excellent resource to help you answer questions and troubleshoot the connection is this site, which has specifics that deal with many common ISPs.
In the end, you may find the easiest thing to do is start at the beginning by setting up a new home network and working through each step to establish a new connection.

I hope this information allows you to resolve this issue. If you need further assistance, please post back with a comment to this thread.
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