I just got a new laptop-a Dell Inspiron 1525 with Windows Vista. I have no trouble connecting unsecured wireless networks, but I'm unable to connect to my own wireless network. My router is a Linksys WRK54G. When I try to connect to my network, after I type in the network key, I get the message "The wireless authentication settings on this computer do not match the requirements of this network." I know the problem is not with my router because other laptops are able to connect to it. Any suggestions?
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Re: wireless problems with windows vista
You just need to remove the preferred networks on your vista, follow this.
Right click the wireless icon>network and sharing center>manage wireless network>remove all preferred networks.click OK.
Then connect again to your network that should solve it.
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What you need is a driver for your network card. Here is the
driver if you are on windows Vista: http://ftp.us.dell.com/network/R206848.exe and here is the driver if you are on Windows 7: ftp://ftp.us.dell.com/network/R228532.exe . All you need to do is download the right one and install it. After that you may need to restart but then everything should be working fine.
So your third laptop which runs Vista cannot connect to the Printer and Dell machine?
There are some reasons for that.
First check whether you have access to the Dell machine (whether you can reach it)
Open a command prompt and do a ping to verify the connectivity.
(The ip address should be the one of your dell machine.
You can find it by running ipconfig in a command prompt on Dell machine.)
1. If you cannot reach it you have to check the network utility (wifi or any other method you use). Make sure that it function properly.
2. ping the router using router's ip address. If ping works you can reach up to their. So from there you can check the Lynksys management console to know why it blocks the machine entering the wlan. May be a addressing issue or authentication issue. If you cannot reach it however it might have problems with the connection as well.
Make sure that you allow connections to the wlan on Toshiba Vista laptop if you use a antivirus solution with a firewall or any other firewall.
If you can reach the machine (or even if you cannot reach) you must check whether you have access to the workgroup (you have to join if you are not in the workgroup which you use) and you must enable file and print sharing. If you run the windows firewall that would block you in as well.
Its better if you can check whether the print spooling service runs.
Start -> Run
Type in services.msc
Check and enable the service.
If you can reach the Dell using a ping:
Check whether the dell machine can access the laptop. Use my network places. It will ask you for the credentials. Provide them.
If any error occurred try detecting the network. Add the machine properly to the workgroup. Enable access to the machines via file and print sharing in windows firewall. (go to the firewall go to Exceptions tab and select the File and Print sharing)
Check this Microsoft resource as well.
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Have you had a look on the firewall website for a suitable firewall system that compliments windows 7? I had to download a new one myself when I went from Windows XP to Windows Vista.
Sometimes changing systems means you should also change your firewall, then you'll have the most up-to-date software going. Plus it won't slow your computer down like it doesn't sometimes.
Hope I helped
Please change the wireless channel on the router and check if it helps.
I hope this information allows you to resolve this issue.
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Start off simple. Try a different port on the router. If that doesn't work, try a new cable. If that doesn't work, go to the Device Manager in Windows. (Right-click My Computer, select Manage, go to Device Manager). Does the card look okay? Has it been disabled or need a driver update? If we're still looking at issues then I would take a look at your router security. How many DHCP licences do you allowed to be assigned? Also do you have security in place (WEP/WPA, Mac Filtering, SSID Broadcast)? If you are light on security and only have a few assignable DHCP licences, you may have neighbors leeching your internet access.
To clarify: DHCP assigns a network IP address to each device on its network. Most Linkys routers have a default of 10, you may have reduced this yourself. If you have, you've limited the # of devices allowed on the network. So if you have 3 DHCP licenses available, and a couple neighbors are leeching, your Dell may not get assigned an ip.
For vista OS; Here are some troubleshooting steps that I suggest you try:
1. Go to "Control Panel" ( switch it to classic view ) 2. Click " Network & Sharing Center" 3. At the left side of " Network & Sharing Center", click Manage Wireless Connection ( under task) 4. Delete the profiles of your Wireless connections particulary the one you named for your Netgear wireless ( this is also known as SSID). 5. Click close including "network & Sharing Center"
Connecting to a Wireless Network on Windows Vista:
a. Click Start then select Connect To. b. Connect to a network window will show up. c. Select your wireless network's name or SSID and click Connect. Since this is an unsecured wireless, Vista will warn you if you wanna connect anyways. Go ahead and connect.
From the above configuration, please check if you can now access the Internet.
When you look on the box that the router came in, you have to look to see what Operating Systems it is compatible with. In many cases, routers will not be compatible with vista. I have a Linksys WRT300N, and it works great with Vista.Hope this helps.