Hi, we had a power cut the other day. when my pc was turned back on the internet didnt work. i have a wireless connection. spoke to my isp who went thru everything and got me connected but wired not wireless. they said my wireless lan card was faulty. i have looked up some info tonight and i think they meant my pci nic card. i want to fix the problem myself and i'm not sure how to go about it. what card do i have and where should i buy it, is it easy to replace? i have a dell dimension 3100 and i'm in the uk. cheers if you can help, james.
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Re: wireless lan card
Your nic card could be on board and part of the board which doesn't come out. if so just make sure you have an extra PCI slot on your board and go to a computer place and buy one.
If there is a Walmart over there you can get one there for about $20 or more. Try to make sure that it will install the drivers with your operating system. Other wise if it doesn't come with a cd you may have to download from the net.
this should solve your problem.
you could buy a USB type also. Office supply stores around $40.
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Try turning off the router for 30 secs, then power it up again.
Then try connecting a LAN cable from the computer to the router and see if you can connect to the Internet.
If you can connect to the Internet then -
With the LAN cable open a browser and type in the configuration URL and check the Wireless settings, then check and/or the wireless card settings (it should have the router's SSID and encryption settings etc.)
Also install the latest wireless card driver.
Then test the wireless and Internet connection. If this doesn't work -
Next connect the computer with a LAN cable to the cable or DSL modem to see if you can connect to the Internet.
If you cannot get an Internet connection with the LAN cable, contact your ISP and get them to test the connection to your modem.
If the modem and Internet is OK and you still cannot get a wireless connection then the problem could be a faulty wireless router.
I assume you are following my instructions.
Did you connect the LAN cable from the DSL or cable modem to the WAN or Internet port on the wireless router?
To test if the modem is working properly, connect the LAN cable from the modem to the LAN network card on a computer and see if you can access the Internet.
If if doesn't connect to the Internet, contact your ISP and they can check the connection to your modem to determine if it is working properly.
Check the Device Manager to see if the Wireless LAN device is working and enabled. If not reinstall the Wireless LAN driver.
If the Wireless LAN is OK and enabled then sometimes when you bootup the Wireless LAN card doesn't get an IP address from the wireless router. This usually has a red X on the wireless connection icon and sometime you get an error message "Limited or no connection".
To get the router to issue the wireless LAN card with a new IP address, righr click on the Wireless icon and click on Repair.
You can also power down the router wait 15secs and power up the router again then reboot the computer.
If it still doesn't work you could have a faulty wireless card, see it your friendly computer shop can test it for you.
go into the device manager and uninstall the wireless adapter. Then click scan for hardware changes and let windows resinstall it. It sounds like a corrupt driver. Before doing so make sure you didnt hit the wireless button that shuts off the connection on the computer. :)
check the ettings on the router have not been altered. the chance of 2 wireless cards failing in the same time, on different pcs is very small, more likely the settings that allow connection in the router, the item common to both, have been changed, reinstalling the router has no effect on user settings,
WEP, encryption, MAC controls are all possible suspects, if there has been any change
lock down the router,
many wireless networks are unsecured at the router so that any person driving past can access your router and alter it, default security settings should be changed the day you turn it on
I recently experienced this on laptop and desktop, using a lynksys wireless. I was able to go into each system to network connections, and tell it to connect. I haven't had a problem since........hope this helps you!