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I just got a linksys wrt54g router. I have 2 XP machines. first one is wired ethernet which is working fine (as usual lol). and the second one is a laptop with a 802.11b wireless card. the laptop cannot seem to find the router. I go into the wireless setup wizard and it says "no wireless connection in range". I have the same SSID in the laptop as it has in the router. I have tried the wireless security disabled, wep, and wpa - no luck. also tried changing the wireless channels around. the laptop is only 6 foot away from the router. HELP! thanks
 

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do the following
1)
start>
control panel>
system>
hardware tab>
device manager button>

network adapters
click on the + sign

post backs whats there

also any ! X or ?

2) Do you have a cordless phone

3) download this program and install on laptop - does it connect woth cable - you may have to download onto desktop and copy using a CD

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

4) post an ipconfig /all for Both PC's and label which is which
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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it switches of the windows WZC program which can interfer if you are using the manufactures program and running both together

you may find if you reboot - you again have two programs running - so you could disable WZC

http://support.yorktech.com/wireless/WindowsXP/how-to-check-WZC.htm

or the manufactures program - you just dont want both

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I have one more question though.. I had encryption turned off when it was working. I turned on WPA in the router and lost the connection (as expected). now how do I configure the laptop to use WPA?

I tried turning encryption off in the router and cant seem to get the connection back on the laptop lol (signal still shows fine in netstumbler)
 

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try this
start>
run>
cmd>
ipconfig /release
ipconfig /renew

may get the IP back

with encryption - you should be able to view wireless networks - in control panel>netwrok connections>
when you try to connect to your wireless network you should be prompted for a code
 

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ok heres what I've found sofar

when I close netstumbler I have no connection. when I go back into netstumbler it says no APs, doesnt show a signal, nothing. so I'm wondering why is it not detecting the signal when I just close the program and go back in?

what do I need to do to fix this so when I turn on my laptop it will find a signal and connect?

I've been playing around with this for a few hours now and cant figure out what I'm missing

If I go into device manager, right click on my wireless device, change the SSID and channel, next time I open netstumbler it will prompt me to autoconfigure the wireless device and it works. but if I dont do that it says no APs like stated above

so basically the only way I can get online right now with the laptop is if I keep netstumbler open. I have still had 0 luck with the windows wireless network setup wizard finding any wireless networks. something must be setup wrong but I cant figure out what. netstumbler seems to know but doesnt tell me what its changing to fix it
 

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I have the same problem although i can't find any signal no matter what i do....

I just bought an Ovislink Evo-W108AR Access point and i have a Sony Vaio with a wireless card Intel Pro(R) Wireless 3945ABG, right now i'm in europe, this is an american laptop, i don't know if this info is necesary but maybe is somethig, not matter what i do i cant get any signal, wireless is on, tryied refreshing but nothing, i've been able to connect b4 to my linksys at home in the states and SSID is on in my router.

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lancerx, please start your own thread, 'cause two in one is too confusing for my old brain (and against forum rules). Note that Europe uses channels 1 - 13; North America uses 1 - 11. So if the AP is on channel 12 or 13, you can't now connect. Uninstall your wireless adapter, restart the PC, install the adapter again and, if you have the choice, tell it you are in Europe (or whatever country).
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"If I go into device manager, right click on my wireless device, change the SSID and channel ..."

Huh? Sorta sounds like you are maybe defining an ad-hoc signal, which isn't going to work with a router or Access Point.

To revisit what somebody else said earlier, are you using WZC or the adapter's utility? Do you have the other one disabled?
 

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ok I've *almost* got it figured out..I found out that I had the driver for my wireless card installed, but not the utility software *doh* lol... so I installed that and disabled WZC. now when I reboot the laptop and windows loads I get a signal and its connected, but I cant get any webpages to come up!! I cant even get into the router by 192.168.1.1. I went into CMD and tried pinging a few things it said "request timed out" in the connection status it seems to be receiving bytes, but not sending
 

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"... it seems to be receiving bytes, but not sending"

Very unusual. Maybe a firewall has your PC buttoned down real tight? If you have a 3rd party firewall, you have to uninstall it or configure it for LAN access.

If it were the other way, sending but not receiving, I'd say that there's an encryption mismatch or you have yourself locked out via MAC address filtering or maybe the Dhcp server disabled.

Following is my little "router communication" troubleshooting.

If you have encryption enabled, try w/o encryption until you get a successful session.

First determine if the problem PC is really communicating with the router when it claims to be connected.

To open a Command Window: Start - Run - cmd (command in 98SE) - OK

To determine a computer's IP address and router's IP address: open a Command Window and type
ipconfig /all

The "Gateway" is the router's IP address.

Now for some troubleshooting:

1. On the PC open a Command window and type
ping IProuter (where IProuter is the IP address of the router)

Do you get Replies, or do you get packets lost?

IF you got replies,
2. ping 66.94.234.13 (or any other internet address you know)

Do you get Replies, or do you get packets lost?

If you got replies,
3. ping www.yahoo.com (or any other internet name)

Do you get Replies, or do you get packets lost?
 

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I have no 3rd party firewalls at all. now heres the strange part..

still the only way I can get this to work is through netstumbler. when its still open I can ping anything and get replies, but when I close it nothing works. encryption is off, mac address filtering is disabled, and dhcp is enabled. netstumbler must be doing something besides just disabling WZC to get things working
 

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What is the brand and model of your wireless adapter?

Have you checked to make sure you have the latest driver and utility for it?
 

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That "11M" leads me to thing that it's a 802.11b. If so, maybe if your router is set to 'G' or '54Mbps' only then the signal wouldn't be detected? I assume that you can set the router to 'B' or 'G or B' or something like that.
 

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it is only a 802.11b card, but let me go ahead and list all the settings that are in my router

Basic
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Wireless Network Mode: B-Only
Wireless Network Name (SSID): testing
Wireless Channel: 6-2.437Ghz
Wireless SSID Broadcast: Enable

Wireless Security
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Security Mode: Disabled

Wireless MAC Filter: Disable

and heres the advanced page because I dont feel like typing it all lol...
 

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well netstumber disables your WZC and uses the drivers/software supplied by the wireless card
see releasenotes
http://www.netstumbler.com/downloads/netstumbler_v0.4.0_release_notes.pdf

so i wonder if netstumbler is disabling WZC and enabling the specific driver software for the device.

on reboot without netstubler running have a look and see if WZC is enabled -
http://support.yorktech.com/wireless/WindowsXP/how-to-check-WZC.htm

then run any wireless adapter software that came with the device

G devices should be backward compatable with B
 
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