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I have tried everything i possibly can today - I've bought a reconditioned laptop. its an IBM Thinkpad T43. I couldnt connect to my wireless at home, long story short, sky broadband told me its because i'm running intel wireless and I need to change it somehow by updating my driver or modifying it so it will talk to my router properly but he couldnt assist me any further due to not having intel. Today i've updated my driver and its still not working. I called IBM and they remotely took over my computer, and as much as the girl sounded and looked like she knew what she was doing, it didnt get me anywhere. Only thing she pointed out which might have made sense is that the sky bloke knew nothing and was talking ****. Since that conversation I've still been trying to get online at work on the wireless and its still having none of it. I've tried turning everything on and off ect. (radio) and still nothing.

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  • Derek Blackburn Mar 21, 2011

    What version of windows is this? Also are you using the windows wireless configuration or a different utility. If you are using the windows utility are you seeing any wireless networks?


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The wireless should only care about 5 things. When the radio is set to "on", these 5 things are:

1) Wireless B, G or N. B is 11mb, G is 54mb and N is faster still - on the order of 100mb and more. N is backward compatible with both G & B speeds and G is backward compatible with G and B speeds and B will only connect at B speeds. You should be able to connect, but only that the speed will only be as fast as the type (B,G or N) supported by both the router and the notebook. Some routers (LinkSys) offer a "G" only speed - this means a B speed device will NOT connect. Make sure your notebook will be able to connect before setting the router to an exclusive speed limitation.

2) SSID. The SSID in the router MUST match exactly that which is programmed in the notebook. You can simply set the router to "broadcast" the SSID if you think you may have entered in incorrectly in the notebook. This way, the notebook will detect the SSID and offer to connect to it whenever you are close.

3) Security encryption type. You can choose None, WEP 64 bit, WEP 128 bit, WPA or WPA2 (there may be others, too). The list is presented in order of least security or desirability to the most robust or difficult to access. You should select the most robust security encryption that is available on BOTH the router and notebook. If you select WPA2 on the router and WEP128 on the notebook, they will not connect.

4) Security keys must match. Once you have settled on a common security encryption type, you need to have the same keys. Just as there are millions of Yale locks, not all Yale keys will open all Yale locks. Choose a number, phrase or use the utility software to set up the key. You can ofter use a hex-decimal number 0-9 and A-F. A good starting point for a security key might be your cellphone number.

5) Stay in range of your wireless router. Routers will be accessible from anywhere from 25 feet to 1/4 of a mile! This is a very wide range of distances that are the result of antenna types (two directional antennas pointed at each other can achieve 1/4 mile distances or more) while at the short range a metal wall or concrete wall between a router and notebook with poor antennas may have trouble connecting at just 25 feet.

Lastly, if you have left the router unsecured (highly NOT recommended) and you have left the router username and password at the factory default, nearly anyone can change the settings in 1, 2, 3 & 4 above and lock you out of your wireless. You should change these settings to something unique and change the username and password of the router as well. Write the username and password down on a piece of tape and stick to the underside of the router for later if needed.

I hope this helps and good luck! Please rate my reply - thank you.

Posted on Mar 21, 2011

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