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Wireless adapter am going crazy trying to figure out this wireless crap. I'm not computer stupid but i'm no wireless smart. someone pls help me. Okay here's my situation. I have a desktop with cable internet. 6mb. Okay my sister got a laptop yesterday and went to walmart and bouhgt a Belkin wireless adapter. we installed it and all that stuff and it worked fine for a while. it was so slow though, both computers were like dial up speed. well after a while neither of us could get on the internet, i finally got my internet to work on my desktop but the internet on her lt. wont work. everything is blinking on the belkin like it's suppose to and the modem is working obviously because i'm on. someone pls help me get this figuredd out. i am getting really aggervated unplugging and crap. and why does it make my computer so slow.

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Re: wireless adapter

Well, try your best to not get super frustrated. Wireless is a pain in the rump witha huge learning curve. But, once you learn it, you're good to go!

I am not all that familiar with Belkin adapters, but I will assume there was a setup disk for it, and you ran it.

You also didn't mention your operating system - are you on WinXP? They have a network wizard that you can run to make sure you are getting all the settings you need to have on your computer.
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Do you have a router on your system? You'll probably need to have a router set up on your computer for her access to work right as well.

Try this link for a visual view of how your home network should look physically (shows how everything should connect to other pieces visually):
That will go to the Linksys site, and they have amazing tutorials.
Also, depending on what type of adapter you got, you can use either a wireless "B" or "G" network. Some adapters will do ONLY "B" networks, which is the WEP encryption. That is so much slower than the other type - "G" networks with WPA encryption. Many routers support both types, but wireless adapters are normally only good for one type of connection. If you have the "B" type, it will indeed be slower than you expected, and will also slow down your base (desktop) computer as well. (Sad to say, but it is true.) Be sure to change the main password for your adapter as well (and write it down!), so no one else can get "in" and divert your signal.

If you DO have a "G" adapter, be sure you have chosen a WPA-Personal for your encryption type, thatyou've named your network something you can remember. Run a network setup wizard on your sister's laptop as well, and make sure you are connected to the same network name that you set up.

For now, I'd really start with watching the tutorial on the link I gave you - it really helps to get a visual idea of what it SHOULD look like, and you can make sure everything is plugged in to the right pieces!

Post again with your operating system (WinXP?) and such, so help can be a little more specific. I just hope you can find what is wrong before you throw the adapter out the window! ; )

Posted on Dec 25, 2007

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