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I am setting up my new Dell Inspiron 580 and can't get it to connect to my home wireless network. I have a wifi card installed in the computer. I have a router and modem hooked up to the other computer. I have followed the Dell computer's instructions to turn the router off and then on after 10 seconds, but it's still not connecting. Any advice? Thanks!

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Hello,

Turn on the router, then use a pencil to press and hold the reset button on the back for 30 seconds.
Unplug the router's power cord and wait for 1 minute, then plug it in again.
Find the cable that connects the computer to the DSL modem. Unplug the modem and connect the computer to port 1 of the router.
Go to the desktop and launch a web browser. You're going to have to go to the inline configuration panel for the setup.
Type "http://192.168.1.1" into the address bar and click "Go." A login window will appear.
Skip user name and type "admin" (admin is the default password) as the password, and click "OK."
Click on the "MAC Address Clone" sub tab and select "Clone your PC's MAC". Save the settings. This may take a minute or so.
Go back to the "Basic Setup" tab and look for the LAN IP, which is 192.168.1.1.
Change the IP address to 192.168.2.1 then save the settings.
Shut down the computer and router for 2 minutes, then turn both back on.

Connect the DSL modem to the Internet port of the router.
Shut down the DSL modem, router and computer, and wait 3 minutes.
Turn on the DSL modem and wait for it to stabilize.
Turn on the router once the modem has stabilized, then turn on the computer.
Check to see if you are able to get online.

Take care.



Posted on May 31, 2010

  • bobbiemel May 31, 2010

    Actually, it turned out that I just had the incorrect Security Key after all of that. I discovered this once I restarted my new computer and tried to connect again. I'm glad because your solution was quite complicated.



    Thanks for trying, though!

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