I brought a wireless router to get internet anywere at my house without haveing to have a ethernet cable pluged in to my laptop . i set up router and all was well for about 2 months then laptop stopped picking up wireless signial acer empowering programe says that it cannot pick up signal and i need to turn on wlan i did what it said in laptop handbook but still no joy i am currntly pluging ethernet cable into back of laptop please help
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Connect to internet using ethernet cable and update wifi driver from makers site, if this does not work then buy a usb wifi adapter off ebay or from a local store, put it into usb port and install the driver from the disc supplied with the adapter and off you go (far cheaper than replacing the wifi card)
You need to go into the wireless router and do what they call Clone Mac
address. In other words you need to take the mac address that is in
your computer that you say they use, and put it into your wireless
router. This makes them think that the wireless router is your
computer. Then everybody can connect.
On your computer that is currently working, click Start/Programs/ and
look for the RUN or CMD prompt and open it. If you fin the Run Command
just type cmd and click ok to open the CMD prompt. In the Command
Prompt type: ipconfig /all and press Enter
This will show you the MAC Address of the current wired Ethernet Adapter Local Area Connection
for the computer. it will be a series of 2 digit numbers/letters with
dashes between them such as A1-99-B7-24-XG and it is called the Physical Address (which is the mac address). Write down that mac address so you can remember it.
When you take that ethernet port out of the computer and put it into the
router's LAN or WAN port (not ports 1,2,3,4) then you will take another
ethernet cable and plug it into the back of the computer that had the
ethernet cable, and the other end can go into one of the 4 ports.
Now log into the router from the computer by typing the router's ip
address (normally something like 192.168.1.1) then put in the default
userid and password and go set up (configure the router) . Under the
basic settings look for something called Clone Mac address and you can
click it and it should put in the address you wrote down on paper. Then
go to the wireless tab or wireless settings and setup the wireless by
giving it a SSID to identify your network and a password if you want it
If you internet service provider is a Phone company such as AT&T
then you will want the router configured PPOE under the basic settings
and you will have to give it the Internet Userid and Password (this is
not your email user id and password). You might have to call the phone
company to get it. If your internet service Provider is a Cable Company
then they use DHCP and you don't have to supply a userid or password.
Hopefully you have a manual or cd with the router. Manuals are very
helpful and some manufacturers have the cd do the configuration for you.
To connect to the Internet you need a few extra things aswell as a network or wireless card and install the LAN or wireless driver. 1. You need to sign up with an Internet service provider. 2. Connect a LAN cable from your computer to the DSL or cable modem 3. You need a DSL or cable modem and connect and configure the modem to inaccordance with your Internet service provider's instructions. 4. Install Internet Explorer if it has not been done. 5. If everything has been done correctly, when you open Internet Explorer youcan access the Internet.If you have a wireless router and it is connected to the DSLor cable modem then - To connect to yourwireless router, the router needs its wireless settings to be configuredwith the SSID, encryption key etc., also the wireless cards in all thelaptops/computers needs to be configured with these router's wireless settings.Then the laptops/desktop computers can communicate with your wireless router.
You don't say whether you are trying to connect via an ethernet cable, or via a wireless connection. Try the following in order: Some of these may seem obvious, but it helps eliminate the more simple problems first: (general guidance, as I'm not sure which windows version you are working with. Did you upgrade from Vista to Win 7?)
Assume you have enabled the network on the laptop FN + number key or physical switch?
Check if you have the Ethernet and wireless drivers for this laptop first from the Toshiba support site and install them
In Control panel / device manager, see that the network devices for wireless and Ethernet Lan are appearing and have no warning mark next to them. If they have, you need to check what the problem is by clicking on the device shown and following the instructions given (repost your findings if you need more help)
See if you can connect to the internet using the ethernet lan connection cable (direct wired connection). If it does this ok, the problem lies with the wireless connection.
Assuming the wireless card in the laptop is present and is functioning, the next step is to check the router settings. Using the supplied CD that came with the router, or clicking on the router symbol in control panel / network and open the wireless security settings page, reset the wireless password and make a note of it. Save settings. When setting security, choose 128 bit security for more safety.
See if the laptop now picks up the network and when prompted enter the password you just created. If this works you are finished.
If it still does not work, try disabling Windows Firewall ( a common problem) and see if that then allows for connection.
If it STILL fails to work, try the laptop on a friends network. If it connects then, the problem is with your router. If it does not work, you have a failing wireless card in the laptop.
To confirm this, obtain a USB network dongle and test it on your laptop with your own network. You can get a replacement card off the likes off eBay and this is not difficult to fit.
If you are connecting on an open WiFi (does not have WEP or WPA enabled), then make sure you are connected to the correct SSID (wireless ID) and not on some other open SSID. If you are on the right SSID, check that you don't have limited connectivity due to low signal strength. If OK, then open Internet Explorer to use its Diagnose Connection Problems tool...
1. click on Tools tab
2. click on Diagnose Connection Problems...
3. click on Next button and follow the steps
If unsuccessful, try powering off the wireless router and the cable/dsl modem for a few minutes and then powering up the modem first followed by the wireless router. Once the netbook has re-established the WiFi connection, repeat the above procedure to Diagnose Connection Problems. Finally, if still unseccessful, connect directly to your wireless router using an ethernet cable from one of the four RJ-45 LAN ports on the router to the netbook's 10/100 ethernet RJ-45 port on its left side. A LAN connection icon should now show in the bottom right of the Desktop's Toolbar. Hovering the mouse cursor over it shows the Local Area Connection pop-up with Speed and Status. If Status is connected, then open Internet Explorer again and use its Diagnose Connection Problems tool to check connectivity to the internet. If still unresolved, the next step would be to log into the router to check its WAN status and depending on the results, you may have to contact your Internet Service Provider.
The definition of the sound card, is a chipset integrated into the main board of your laptop, in order to provide sound to your built-in speakers, or to the headphone jack on your laptop. Internet LAN (or Local Area Network) is a port located either on the side or the rear of your computer, where you would plug in a Cable/DSL High-Speed Internet connection, using an Ethernet cable (also called RJ-45). Wireless LAN is the same idea, only instead of using an ethernet cable to provide you access to the internet, it uses a wireless signal or radio frequency, to connect to a wireless access point (usually provided by a wireless router in the area). More in-depth information can be found at the following links:
Hi. If Dell is correct, then yes, it would be expensive. Your other alternative is to buy a PCMCIA Ethernet Card. They range from about $20 to $40. Or, you could go with what you suggested and do wireless via a wireless router.