I'm having a problem setting up a dongle to my dell dimension 3000 with windows XP to enable my wireless router to work. I insert the dongle into the usb point and pc recognises that there is new hardware, I then insert the disc as suggested by the set up wizard and it lloks like the installation is starting. At no point does th dongle light up and the process fails with the error:
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WPA usually has two formats for encryption. They are TKIP and AES.
Please make sure you get the right type of encryption from your router, the correct SSID for your wireless network and the correct WPA pass code.
In Windows XP, you need to go to
Start/Control Panel/Network Connections
Double click on your Wireless Adapter
Enable it if it requests for you to Enable it
If not, then a window will appear showing you your Wireless Adapter
Click on Wireless Connections
Select the appropriate SSID that you're working with in your Preferred Networks list
Click Properties, then a new window will appear
This window will show you the properties of this particular SSID
Here you can set your pass code and the type of security you've got set up in your router. Since it is WPA then you can select WPA from the drop down box and then select either TKIP or AES.
Make sure you've got the right settings selected to match your router. Or else you will not be able to communicate between your computer and your router.
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hopefully you have'nt give the pc the same ip address as the other as it won't connect.
You will need to make sure that DHCP is enabled within the routers settings as this will tell the router to assign ip addresses automatically, then go to network connections, right click on your wireless network card>properties>TCP/IP line>properties and tick 'obtain an ip address automatically', click ok, close window and restart pc.
Open up internet explorer>tools>internet options>connections tab and ensure that never dial a connection is ticked or the option greyed out, close I.E. then open up again, click refresh and it should connect.
Connect the home wireless network router box to the main PC through an ethernet cable with the PC powered off and the home wireless router powered off, then power on the PC & the router. Vista should locate the new wireless network and follow the windows vista network setup procedures. After the wireless network has been detected you then while the second PC's power is shut off you connect dongle adapter to the PC power on and XP will locate the new adapter. You will probably have to enter your networks pin for the connection.
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Sounds as if your router may need to be set to enable wireless connection and enable DHCP, this alocates your wireless adapter an I.P Address automatically.
If this is alraedy the case, check the properties of your adapter to see if it's set to recieve I.P address automatically.
If still no joy find your routers I.P. address and DNS address (this is what you type in your web browser to set it up).
If your router is 192.168.2.1 or similair, set your adapter at 192.168.2.2 and the same DNS address normally 255.255.255.0.
Restart both pc and router and try again.
Also make sure network sharing has been set up via the XP wizard.