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Wireless Networking Question

Mon Apr 12, 2010 11:01 pm

I have a Linksys router that can either be wireless or wired. I have two desk top computers plugged in to the router. The lapstop shows a full/strong signal from the router, but when I click on it to connect, I get a messege saying it may be out of range and to refresh the list and choose from the new list. Linksys is still there, full signal and all. I have reset the router and the laptop. What else can I do to get the laptop to connect to the router? Is it not connecting because the other two computers are wired into the router?
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RE: Wireless Networking Question

Mon Apr 12, 2010 11:23 pm

Quoting seb146 (Thread starter):
Is it not connecting because the other two computers are wired into the router?

This shouldn't be a problem; I had a router and had 2 wired connections and 2 wireless connections going at the same time. Consider checking with your owners manual for that.

Also, some antivirus/antispyware programs do not allow the computer to connect to wireless networks. If you have such software, consider disabling it, or changing the settings so it doesn't block wireless capability.
 
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RE: Wireless Networking Question

Tue Apr 13, 2010 12:14 am

Quoting seb146 (Thread starter):
Is it not connecting because the other two computers are wired into the router?

This shouldn't be a problem; I had a router and had 2 wired connections and 2 wireless connections going at the same time. Consider checking with your owners manual for

Quoting seb146 (Thread starter):
I get a messege saying it may be out of range and to refresh the list and choose from the new list. Linksys is still there, full signal and all.

Is the Linksys a Wireless G/N Router? If it is an old Wireless B, it may not support your current network card.

Also, is the Linksys password protected?
Is the linksys using Authentication for wireless users such as MAC address?


Best plan would be
1. Unplug all PC's.
2. Hold the reset button on the back in for 10 seconds with a pen
3. wait for the linksys to reboot
4. Plug a computer into one of the wired ports to log back using a web browser at 192.168.1.1 (default address)
5. Leave the username blank, and password is admin
6. Work through the configuration using the user manual for your product. (Possibly even download a firmware update)

http://homesupport.cisco.com/en-us/wireless/linksys/
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RE: Wireless Networking Question

Tue Apr 13, 2010 12:38 am

I'd look into a firewall setting on your laptop that's preventing new connections.
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RE: Wireless Networking Question

Tue Apr 13, 2010 1:20 am

I've encountered a similar issue before. Turned out that the device didn't like WPA2 PSK encryption. (It was an old laptop) For the purpose of troubleshooting, I'd suggest disabling encryption. Then try and re-connect. You can do this via your router's control panel. (Can usually be found at http://192.168.1.1 or http://192.168.0.1) That said, it is not advisable to leave your wireless network unsecured in this way. I'd personally only do it to troubleshoot situations like this.

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RE: Wireless Networking Question

Wed Apr 14, 2010 4:00 am

If you are running Windows XP SP2, it may be possible you don't have the Windows WPA2 update. It can be manually downloaded and installed from Microsoft's site here - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/917021


XP SP3 and above already includes this update so it's not needed if you already have SP3 installed.
 
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RE: Wireless Networking Question

Wed Apr 14, 2010 5:07 am

What is the model # of your Linksys router?

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