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:eek: I use AT&T wireless for phone, wireless phones & internet....I have an HP laptop using Vista that connects instantly to internet, no prob. BUT, I also have a Compaq Presario M2000 (God help me) that I'd like to also use for internet use but can't get it to connect to my wireless, secured home network. It says, "the network '2wire116' requires a network key, etc., type the key, and then click 'connect'.... The problem is the network key left me by the installer won't work (all digits key) and the only 2wire116 I find is connected to my desktop (installer connected) that is not even turned on most of the time...it only works when desktop is on.....any suggestions? Thanks
 

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You can not connect to the AP if it isn't turned on.
If the AP is connected to your computer and the computer is connected to the modem, it sounds an ICS set up.

Need more information about your set up.

How exactly is everything connected.

This is what JohnWill usually asks.

Name of your ISP (Internet Service Provider).
Make and exact model of the broadband modem.
Make and exact model and hardware version of the router (if a separate unit).
Make and exact model and hardware version of any other network equipment, like a repeater, a booster, hi-gain antenna, etc.
Model numbers can usually be obtained from the label on the device.
Connection type, wired or wireless.
If wireless, encryption used, (none, WEP, WPA, or WPA2)
Version and patch level of Windows on all affected machines, i.e. XP (Home or Pro), SP1-SP2-SP3, Vista (Home, Business, Ultimate), etc.
The Internet Browser in use, IE, Firefox, Opera, etc.




Please give an exact description of your problem symptoms, including the exact text of any error messages.



If you're using a wireless connection, have you tried a direct connection with a cable to see if that changes the symptoms?
For wireless issues, have you disabled all encryption on the router to see if you can connect that way?
For wired connection issues, have you booted in Safe Mode with Networking to see if that changes the symptoms?
Have you connected directly to the broadband modem to see if this is a router or modem/ISP issue?
If there are other computers on the same network, are they experiencing the same issue, or do they function normally?




On any affected computer, I'd also like to see this:

Hold the Windows key and press R, then type CMD (COMMAND for W98/WME) to open a command prompt:

Type the following commands on separate lines, following each one with the Enter key:

PING 206.190.60.37

PING yahoo.com

NBTSTAT -n

IPCONFIG /ALL

Right click in the command window and choose Select All, then hit Enter.
Paste the results in a message here.

If you are on a machine with no network connection, use a floppy, USB disk, or a CD-RW disk to transfer a text file with the information to allow pasting it here.
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