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PCI card I recently bought a pci card for desktop, fitted card to desktop no probs and it recognised wireless network in house but cannot log onto the internet

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Hi,

Make sure you have any appropiate software installed and that you are using the correct wireless authentication method (WEP/WPA ect...)

Also check to make sure there is not IP Conflict between your PC and another wireless device on the network.

You can also try assiging your PC a IP Address to use within the gateway address, or set it to obtain it automatically.

exact instructions to do this all depend on your operating system and the wireless connection utility used.

Hope this helps

Anthony Kinson

Posted on Apr 22, 2008

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