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Unable to go wireless...message says cable is not connected to the network adapter "Local Area Connection"

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Local Area Connection is the description of your RJ45 network port on your computer. In other words the jack where you connect a physical cable to (looks like a bid telephone jack) If you don't have a cable plugged into this port then the computer will display that message.
However you say you can't connect wireless so the issue is elsewhere and there are several steps you need to follow in order to do this. Keep in mind I will give you basic steps which you may know already but because your question is lacking some details I will try to cover as much as I can but before I start check your computer for a wireless adapter switch, sometimes this will be turned to the off position and your wireless card shuts off. So if its not that these are the steps.
1. The first thing you need to do is make sure your internet connection is working because even if you connect to your wireless router, if its WAN connection is not on you'll never surf the web. 2. The best way to test this is to connect directly to your Modem with a network cable so just disconnect the cable from the router's WAN port and connect it to your computer. 3. If you can surf the web you have WAN connectivity. 4. Now connect the cable back to the router's WAN port and get another cable so that you can connect from your computer to the back of the router on one of its ports labeled 1,2,3, or 4 I usually just use port 1 5. Check and see if you can surf if not, depending on your type of Internet Service Provider(ISP) the steps will be different depending if you have DSL or Cable. 6. Either way you'll need to go into your router's configuration screen and set them there. This router has 3 revisions so the steps may be different I'll give you the latest revision's steps. 7. Open a browser window and in the address line type then hit enter 8. You should get a pop up window asking for username and password Dlink's default is admin for the username and leave the password blank. 9. It should take you the setup page and what you're looking for is the Status page so look for status on the top right and click on it. 10. In the status page look for a valid ip address and default gateway from your ISP it cannot be a 192 number and it cannot be a 169 number usually its a 2 digit number like 61. or 73. 11. If you don't get a valid ip address then you'll need to contact your ISP for specific instructions on connecting a router to your modem (ex..some Cable providers use MAC address authentication while some DSL providers use PPPoE authentication) 12. Once you get a valid IP address the next thing is to check that your wireless network on the router is not disabled. In your router configuration click on Setup on top then Wireless Settings on the left. 13. Make sure there's a check on the Enable Wireless box. 14. You can name your router by typing a name in the wireless network name box (this is the SSID) 15. If you want to set up the security on it then scroll down to set up your wireless security type and your wireless ssid password. Save all your changes by clicking the save settings button. 16. now search for a wireless network to connect to and look for the name you gave your wireless network and connect to it using the password you set.
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Yes, and of course the whole point of wireless is that there is no cable connected!

Did you get a disc with your router? If so, run the disk with your adapter connected.

Ah... you do have an adapter connected, don't you? If not, you will need to buy a wireless adapter to plug into a USB slot on your PC. A wireless router works by receiving a signal from a wireless transmitter in the PC, or from an adapter attached to the PC's USB slot. If you don't have an adapter, you can get one for about £20 to £30. It's definitely worth the money, I assure you!

If you do have an adapter but the router can't 'see' it, you need to check a few things. Check the adapter is properly connected. Check its properties by clicking on its icon in the taskbar - make sure the signal strength is sufficiently high, and that the adapter is attempting to connect to your own router, and not the equipment of someone across the road.

If the router came with an instruction booklet, it should explain how to connect using the wireless facility, and these instructions are usually helpful and well-written. Most importantly, the booklet should tell you where to find the crucial information to type in the first time the adapter tries to 'find' the router. In fact, many routers have a sticker with the wireless connection code stuck to the router itself somewhere, so if you can't find the booklet, look for a sticker on the router itself.

I hope that helps a bit. Good luck!

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