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Cannot connect wireless

Hi I have an iBook G4 and a G54SL Mac USB Wireless Adapter that i want to hook up to my d-link 524 router. The adapter is showing that it is working, ie I get a signal, but when I try to go on the Internet I cannot get on at all. It is as if I am not hooked up to it. Any ideas how I can resolve this problem?
I also have a Mac G3 hooked up via ethernet cable to the same router. Is it a problem if one computer is "wired" and the other "wireless"?
Any advice is greatly appreciated

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  • DanMax Dec 08, 2007


    Thanks for looking into the problem. I did go to d-Link and looked at
    the applicable revision for me ( it is the C revision). I seem to be
    able to change the settings in the router window at will and it does
    not show the settings the next time I enter the http:// 192.168... (
    sorry I cannot remember the whole sequence, but it is what you do to
    access the router)

    I have had the router for 3 or 4 years and have used ethernet cables to hook up to it without any issues whatsoever.

    I did not configure the router when I got it. and no, I have never configured a router or network card before.

    I am willing to learn and believe I have already picked up a lot while researching a solution for my problem.

    The USB adapter came with a 3 page guide with pictures that for a
    newbie like me leaves many questions unanswered, especially when it
    does not work.

    Thanks again for any help you can give me.

  • DanMax Dec 09, 2007


    I have done as you suggested. Page 12 and 13 match what is in the
    instructions. I cannot however sign in as "admin" I cannot leave the
    password blank and when I go to the "admin" page where you can change
    passwords I see a 15 digit password but have no idea what it could be.

    Page 17 of instructions match what I have.

    Page 18 the top matches instruction page, the bottom looks like this:

    Dynamic DHCPO client list

    Host name IP address MAC address Expired time

    0000070100 Dec 16 2007

    192.168.100 ****
    Dec 16 2007

    **** there is a real MAC address but it does not match any MAC
    addresses I can see on my computers. Do you want to see the code for it?

    I hope this all makes sense.

  • DanMax Dec 09, 2007

    The WAN info is the same on router config manual and what I can see. I have "1500" MTU at the bottom.

    The Ip address is for my computer that I have "wired" to the router at the moment (This one should go wireless)

    The IP address for the computer that us permanently wired it is

    Subnet is 255.255....

    router is 192.168.0

    I can't see any gateway addresses. The primary DNS addresses are also
    nowhere to be found on either machine. I know I can get them from my
    ISP's website.

    This may be a dumb question but I am mostly working on the laptop that
    currently is wired and should go wireless. Is that okay or should I be
    on the permanently wired computer?

  • DanMax Dec 09, 2007

    Hello again,

    I was finally able to get in touch with the guy who sold me the adapter
    and we solved the problem. I am not sure what it was but it is working
    for me now.

    I appreciate your help in all that you did. Keep up the good work.

    Thanks again,

    I will recommend this site to my friends.

  • DanMax Dec 19, 2007

    Hello again,

    Well, my internet connection is not working with the adapter. I looked at your comments re: DHCP etc.

    I am not sure whether that would be the solution. Here is the problem:

    When I install the software for the adapter it works (ie finds
    connection to router, wirelessly) for about 30sec. Then the adapter is
    not recognized by my computer.

    This started happening earlier today, just like that without anything on my part.

    I turned the computer on this morning and the connection was there for a minute and then gone.

    Do you think that relates to the potnetial problem you described?

  • DanMax Dec 20, 2007


    It was the seller at afterthemac that I communicated with when I finally got it all working the first time around. R

    ight now, all kinds of things are going crazy with me and the internet.
    I ran Norton disk doctor on my computer and after that things were
    working for a while. Then the modem to the internet timed out. Now i am
    back to square one with the usb adapter.

    I tell you it looks like several things are/were going on at the same
    time and the only reliable link to the internet I seem to have at the
    moment is via ethernet connection. Should I try Airport the "regular"
    wireless Macinotsh connect to the internet?

    I am really not sure.

    Oh yeah, and i have been emailing afterthemac and they have not responded at all.

    Anyway, Merry Christmas to you and thank you for your help.

    Just let me know what you think is the best way to go wirelessly in your opinion.



  • knitterbjm Feb 12, 2008

    I have an Ibook G3 that will not connect to the internet at home. It connects to the internet wirelessly in other places that have wifi, but not at home. An Apple G5 tower, a Toshiba laptop and a new Ibook all connect with no problem. The computer tech who sold it to us (used) says it must be the router, but I don't know what to do about it. The router works for all the other laptops that come in our house. Router is a D-link. Can you help? Thanks,Barbara



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The fact that wired works and wireless limits the number of issues on the wireless connection and would have been a first testing step eliminating the wireless configuration as an issue.


to determine the revision of your wireless router A, B, C, D, E and get the guide. This should allow you to access the configuration of the router to compare to the configuration of the USB wireless adapter.

If you need additional assistance I will need to know the revision number so I can get the same manual for reference.

I cannot find an online version of the mac adapter guide -- are you capable of configuring items for this device without detailed assistance as I will not have a reference manual? Can you open the configuration for the USB adapter and tell me what is displayed to help fill in the answers?

Please also answer the following to help me assist you (assuming you may actually need additional help)
Also did you get the router new or did it have a previous owner?

Did you configure the router in any way after receiving it?

Have you ever configured a router or network card before?

Posted on Dec 08, 2007

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  • david Dec 08, 2007

    On page 12 of the instructions try to login to the router from the machine that is wired to the router. Then press wireless and tell me what appears in the boxes -- it should look like page 13

  • david Dec 08, 2007

    Do LAN and DHCP too please while you are logged on and give me the answers that match pages 17 and 18.

  • david Dec 08, 2007

    Do not change the data to match just tell me what is there --

  • david Dec 09, 2007

    OK first check the WAN page do page 12 press WAN it should look like pate 15 in the router config my interest here is what is in the Primary and Secondary DNS boxes. If they are we will need to see if we can find them in your mac that is wired to the router.

    IF the above DNS addresses are then ---

    The following is from memory so be flexible.

    Can you find a mac control panel for TCPIP, if so please open it.

    try other control panels that sound network related

    There are several entries I want to know from it. (please do not change anything)

    Is it dynamic or static IP?

    What is the IP Address if it is not

    What is the gateway address if not (should be

    What is the primary DNS Address (better not be if the router is)?

    What the secondary DNS address is might be

    Please let me know these answers

  • david Dec 09, 2007

    the permanently wired computer would have been better but the then DNS addresses from the web site would be fine.

  • david Dec 09, 2007

    You have dug out a great deal of information for me. I am going try to impart some back in exchange.

    Whether you understand this or not I will tell you where you need to start understanding again.

    Every thing on the internet works by address traditional addresses consist of 4 numbers in dot notation such as

    Each machine on the internet has a unique IP address. You may realize that the addresses in your home are not unique because every one with the same router in default mode has the same addresses however those specific addresses are mapped to the ISP supplied address so they remain unique on the internet.

    The router is the gateway between your home network and in an extended sense the rest of the internet -- in reality the internet has a large number of smaller networks hooked to gether by routers. The gateway address tells the computer where to send your internet requests to hop to the next network if what you want is not on the current network.

    The DNS address are a bit of internet magic. Having to remember a numeric address for everything we want on the internet would make it very unfriendly. The DNS address points to a machine that is either capable of converting a name such as to an address or calling another machine to do the same until the get and answer and tell your machine the numeric address for

    This is where you need to try to follow what I say again. For a computer to successfully interface to the internet with a web browser in needs three addresses and all three had better be working. It needs an address for itself the IP Address a default gateway address to send messages to when the sender cannot directly communicate the receiver onthe same small network. And lastly one or more DNS addresses to convert names to numbers. When there are more than one DNS server any one can answer the request so if one fails the other can back it up.

    Dan you have a potential issue working depending on how the issue was resolved == remember the DHCP screen where addresses - can be assigned dynamically. Your Wireless Mac is addressed at (if that was static it is in the range of dymanic addresses and could generate a duplicate address on you network and cause issues randomly in the future. Your machines should either have the DNS addresses in the router WAN window. And both of your machines altered to accept all addresses dymanically. OR I would consider turning off DHCP on the router if you choose to statically address your machines. Right now you appear to be in limbo between the two solutions that may cause you issues down the road.

  • david Dec 09, 2007

    PS good luck with the changes and thanks for the good word.

  • david Dec 20, 2007

    The wireless unit was "handshaking" going thru the steps to connect it apparently had a problem and timed out -- a good sign it was trying.

    On re-reading the account I believe all you adapters are using DHCP to dynamically get IP address so what I was worried about does not appear to be an issue. Most adapters are set by default for this mode so it is unlikely that part is now wrong.

    Did you try the wired computer and is it working? ( i would assume so at this point or you would have memtioned it)

    You may want to request a Quick Start Guide from this link -- they said it was free.

    There link about the device

    If they respond to my request for the quick start guide I will try to get you more detailed instructions as to what to try to get the adapter to connect.

    While you were working with your friend was there a process to "connect" the usb adapter to the wireless router? It would be where you did someting then possibly selected a router by name (yours) and clicked a button to connect? Did you try to redo that process to see if the connection could be reestablished?

    If give your freind a call it may be faster -- however feel free to respond here and I will try to figure what is next.

  • david Dec 20, 2007

    Open the network system preference on each machine see

    For the iBook is the USB wireless adapter chosen as the shown network. If not select it.

    For all questions below anything having to do with userid and password -- just tell me if the box is filled in or not, I do not want to know what is in the box nor do I want anyone else reading this to know. WEP or WPA passphrases or keys are also considered passwords in this case I only want to know if they are filled in not what the content is. - We will discuss the content and what to compare too later, if necessary.

    For the iBook is the USB wireless adapter chosen as the shown network. If not select it.

    What is in the boxes on the TCP/IP tab?

    for the remaining tabs are there any boxes filled in?

    if so excluding UserID's and Passwords (inc WEP and WPA) what is in the boxes?

    For the iMac is the built-in ethernet adapter chosen as the shown network. If not select it.

    What is in the boxes on the TCP/IP tab?

    Report this information back on a comment please.

    They have not provided me the documentation on the adapter yet either. So I have no idea the steps to enable it specific to the Mac -- excluding those with the system preference network above.

    A couple of items you did not move the iBook too far from the wireless router did you? Just in case try connecting from the same room and let me know what happens.

    I would hold off on switching machines with the adapter for now but if you proceed consider the following:

    Before switching the wireless to the other machine a good first step would be to get the iBook working on the wire first assuming it has an ethernet port -- then you will have one working machine in case of problems.

    If you want to try the wireless on the other computer -- you need to know what software to install, if any. You will need to disconnect the wire -- or else you will not know if the wireless or wire is doing the work. It is doubtful the wireless will break the internet connection if you switch back to using a wire, but having the other machine as a backup is a good idea just in case.



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