I have a 2Wire router and use DSL on my desktop. I run the laptop via the wireless connection. I tried to use the internet on the laptop today and it says no available wireless connections in area. Usually it can pick up other connections in addition to our own. I'm not sure if the Wireless light on the router isn't on because the connection isn't being used or that its not working.
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Re: Laptop not connectiong to wireless network
Is there a switch on the laptop either in the power management software or an actual switch on the laptop case (or a button) that turns the wireless on and off? That's probably the problem, not your router.
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You can install a either a 4 jack wireless router( cost about $25). This will allow you to either cable 4 PC's or connect your PC's via the wireless feature. The instructions that come with the wireless router will give you installation instructions (it's fairlly easy). Make sure you secure your network with at least WEP security.
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The 2wire dsl modem/router cannot be use with a another cable modem , since this 2wire device is also a modem/router and its made for the DSL conenction that's why it wont work with Cox cable, the best thing that you can do is to ask Cox to give a wireless modem/router like this 2wire so you can still use the wireless connection of your computer..