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Can somebody help me out please. I am attempting to set up a wireless connection between my laptop and a second hand wireless router that I got with no instructions.

I have a Dell Inspiron 6000 and the router is a Linksys WAG354G. I have managed to connect to the internet no problem when i have it hard wired through the Ethernet connections.

When I attempt to connect using the wireless connection I can't get my laptop to find the wireless signal. I am not sure if I have turned off my wireless card on my laptop but when I open the Wireless Network Connection window there is no connection present.

I have Zonealarm, PrevX and AVG running.

Can somebody point me in the direction of how to get the wireless connection set up.

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can you download this program and run it

Free software to check signal strength of wireless is netstumbler 0.4.0 available for download from http://www.stumbler.net/

to turn the Dell wireless on you may need to use one of the function keys

post results from

start>
control panel>
system>
hardware tab>
device manager button>

network adapters
click on the + sign

post backs whats there

also any ! X or ?

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also post ipconfig /all

TWO Methods to do that - some people have problems with ONE----

ONE ---------------------------------
start
run
cmd
ipconfig /all

rightclick in the box
select all
enter
control key + C key - to copy
then reply here and
control key + V to paste

TWO -----------------------------------------------

Start, Run, CMD to open a DOS window and type:

IPCONFIG /ALL >C:\RESULT.TXT

Open C:\RESULT.TXT with Notepad and copy/paste the entire results here.
 

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Network Adaptors show:

1394 Net Adapter
Broadcom 440x 10/100 Integrated Controller
Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection

Results from step two ipconfig:



Windows IP Configuration



Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : DH7P512J

Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :

Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown

IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : domain_not_set.invalid



Ethernet adapter Wireless Network Connection:



Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected

Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection

Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-13-CE-EE-65-67



Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:



Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : domain_not_set.invalid

Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcom 440x 10/100 Integrated Controller

Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-14-22-E5-B7-2F

Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes

Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.64

Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0

Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1

DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1

DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 80.189.92.2

80.189.94.2

192.168.1.1

Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : 10 September 2006 21:15:19

Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : 11 September 2006 21:15:19


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For that wireless adapter I strongly suggest you visit Dell's site and make sure you have the latest driver and utility. And use Intel's utility, making sure that Windows' WZC is disabled.

When you try to use NetStumbler, if you get no networks detected, click on the Device menu and try the other driver listed. Usually one works but the other doesn't.

You can always download the Quick Install guide and User Manual from Linksys's site (Support/downloads section). You will need to know whether you have V1 or V2.
 

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you just need to tell us what it finds
does it see any networks - if so what are they
heres some images of what you may see

so can it find you adapter, can it see networks, if so is one your netwrok, does it ahve a padlock

i have not managed to find an online manual

On the DELL FN-F2 turns the wireless on and off

but does it have lights on the router - is the wireless light on

heres some info on the dell wireless utility - dont do anything yet - but do yuo have the wireless icon as described here
http://8help.osu.edu/2895.html
 

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I can see 4 networks using Netstumbler.

My router name is 'linksys at home' and I can see it on the list, it has a closed padlock. The MAC is 0014BFD810BC, signal strength is 11. I have done the FN-F2 and the Wi-Fi light is on on my laptop, and the Wireless light is on on the router.

I can't see the 3 green bars at the bottom right so not sure what to do next.

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cool - you have an encrypted wireless connection - i suspect the code details are on the bottom of the unit
However, Cordless phones can stop you connecting - do you have a cordless phone ?

the 1st thing I would do is to loginto the router { use a cable connected via ethernet } and disable the encrption and then see if you can connect

start>
control panel>
network connections>
double click on the wireless connection
should list all the networks - may have to view available networks
click on yours
and then click connect
 

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I disabled the encryption on the router and managed to connect wirelessly. I do have a cordless phone (right next to my router at his point until I get set up) but if I can connect without encryption does this mean the phone is not affecting the connection?
What do I do next? I can chose WEP or pre-shared key.

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Ok the phone is the problem
so you need to change to a different channel and then put the code back on
choose channel 1,6 or 11
what channel are you on now ?
from a secruity point of view - i'm no expert, but others on this forum terrynet etc - recommend WPA
however, if you only have WEP than use that
 

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Right i've got it working with the security enabled. Thanks for all your help. I was on channel 11 and changed to 1 but that didn't work (think I was trying to input key 2 when I had specified key 1 location, rather than the connection being the problem). I started with a new set of keys and changed to channel 6 and got it working.

Thanks again, great to finally be wireless.

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is this site blocked by zonealarm - I cant remember if you can set up block zones / websites
 

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Hopefully this thread can be carried on. I got everything sorted out with the pages not loading, once the machine was rebooted everything worked fine.

My next question relates to the difference between static and dynamic ip addresses. I was advised to disable DHCP and apply a static ip address for added security. Do you recommend I do this? I have already tried once to specify a static ip address but once I did it on the router via the ethernet cable I could not get connected again wirelessly (or by cable). In the end as I have no access to the internet from anywhere els I had to reset my router and start again. Although I have a laptop I have no intention of taking it outwith my home so would the static ip address be better for security?
I have managed to set up WEP (no WPA available on my router), disable SSID broadcast, change the router name and password, and isolate my system so only my laptops MAC is allowed access.
Thanks for any help.

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Using a good password to login to your router is good, even w/o wireless.

Wireless security means encryption. WEP will keep most everybody out.

There are several ways to make your network more difficult to use, and add ZERO security over encryption. Using MAC address filtering, disabling SSID broadcast and disabling the Dhcp server are probably the three favorite.
 

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So as long as I have WEP with a decent password you think the other options are pretty much a waste of time?
I'm away to set up my parents wireless with WPA so if I do that and change the router password as well thats secure enough?
 

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Yes, WPA or WEP is enough.

WPA-PSK with a passphrase of at least 20 characters, mixing letters and numbers, upper case and lower case and special characters has not been broken.

Anybody with the tools and knowledge to break WPA with a weak passphrase (dictionary word) or WEP surely knows how to get around those other things.
 
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