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Setting up a new computer on a wireless network

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I recently purchased a new computer that is running on Windows Vista and I am trying to connect it to a new wireless network. I have established the network on my main computer, but with now luck on my new system. I am using a different USB adapter on the new system but I was told (by D-link) that it should not matter ( I am using a Microsoft MN-500 USB adapter in attempt to establish a connection to my network). Any assistance that you maight be able to provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks,
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Hello Danj29,

I suggest you make sure that your Vista is configured to connect to a private network. To do this follow these steps:

1. Click Start, right-click Network, click Properties.
-The Network Sharing Center window displays the network type in parenthesis after the network name.

2. To the right of the network name and type click Customize.
3. In the Set Network Location dialog box, click Private, and then click Next.
4. In the Successfully set network settings dialog box, click Close

By changing your network location type to private, network discovery is automatically enabled in the Sharing and Discovery section of the Network and Sharing Center window. The following additional file and printer sharing options must be manually enabled:

  • File sharing
  • Public folder sharing
  • Printer sharing
  • Password protected sharing
When all of these sharing and discovery options are enabled, your computer can:
  • Locate other computers and devices on your home network and have other computers locate your computer
  • Share its folders
  • Share its Public folder
  • Share its printers
  • Require user names and passwords for other computers that connect to the shared folders and printers of this computer
To enable file sharing, do the following:
  1. In the Sharing and Discovery section of the Network and Sharing Center window, click the down arrow next to File sharing.
  2. Within the File sharing settings, click Turn on file sharing, and then click Apply.
To enable public folder sharing, do the following:
  1. In the Sharing and Discovery section of the Network and Sharing Center window, click the down arrow next to Public folder sharing.
  2. Within the Public folder sharing settings, click one of the following:
    • If you want to share the public folder so that other computers on the network can access the Public share to open files, but not create or change files, click Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can open files. This is the default setting.
    • If you want to share the public folder so that other computers on the network can access the Public share to open files and also create or change files, click Turn on sharing so anyone with network access can open, change, and create files.
  3. Click Apply.
To enable printer sharing and share all of your connected printers, do the following:
  1. In the Sharing and Discovery section of the Network and Sharing Center window, click the down arrow next to Printer sharing.
  2. Within the Printer sharing settings, click Turn on printer sharing, and then click Apply.
[Optional] To enable password protected sharing, do the following:
  1. In the Sharing and Discovery section of the Network and Sharing Center window, click the down arrow next to Password protected sharing.
  2. Within the Password protected sharing settings, click Turn on password protected sharing, and then click Apply.
Hope you find this helpful info and thanks for using the FixYa service
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Sorry cant agree learn about networking is esay
look if you set your NAT router to 192.168.x.1 and mask of 255.255.255.0
then any computer your Ip address would be anyother number than 1, and less than 255, and no duplacates, the computers gateway would be 192.168.x.1 ( the NAT router address and your done
a good dns server would be 4.2.2.2
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First, make sure you have updated your Vista system, as MS has pushed out new fixes for all things Vista USB related..

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/941600

I also wrote a small piece on configuring Vista, if you are interested:

http://65.25.157.6/KipSolutions/Vista/VistaSetup.htm

And, on setting up a small network.. the basics are here:

http://65.25.157.6/KipSolutions/P2PNetworks/TroubleshootingP2P.htm

Ask any questions and we will try to answer them..

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I can tell you this from experience with Vista, it networks so poorly I've had clients go back to XP. Microsoft acknowledges the problem but doesn't send out warnings to the general populace. I am a system builder with some contacts in Redmond so I drag it out of them.

But check this: the basic difference in manufacturers specs is the default IP address and Gateway. But the best thing is to be sure that the network card in the computer is to "Obtain an IP Address" and that the DHCP server is enabled when looking at the services.


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