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    Having problems with my connecting to my home network. Just put in a new wireless card and i cant get a network address. Anyone have any ideas why? Its taking ages to search and then it doesnt even find one.

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    is your router set to allow the new card?

    and do you have mac address filtering on?

    If you're sure that the wireless card is installed correctly then make sure that your wireless router is set to broadcast its SSID visible so that your laptop/pc can see it and ensure that you've got it set up to use the DHCP server on the router to assign the device an IP Address automatically. Equally ensure that your PC/Laptop is expecting to be assigned one automatically.

    Make sure that if you have any security on your router that its not blocking the MAC address of the PC/laptop also.

    Also make sure that you know which software is handling the wireless network on the PC/laptop...whether its the new cards software or whether its windows.

    Its a bit difficult to identify the exact problem as they're are many factors that could have a hand in the cause.

    Original Poster

    thanks guys but the thing is, this is not the first laptop im connecting. I have two other laptops which connected fine and obtain their IP addresses automatically and the router is set up fine as well. But this one takes ages to do it. Do you think that restarting the router might help?

    Scream;3483124

    thanks guys but the thing is, this is not the first laptop im connecting. … thanks guys but the thing is, this is not the first laptop im connecting. I have two other laptops which connected fine and obtain their IP addresses automatically and the router is set up fine as well. But this one takes ages to do it. Do you think that restarting the router might help?



    If other devices can connect without any problem then its not the router, its the laptop so dont play about with the router if its working! lol...even if your tempted, dont give in! lol

    Check your Device Manager on the laptop and make sure that the network card is installed correctly and doesnt have any problems.

    then its the wireless card, try the card in another machine.

    Original Poster

    will try it out and force myself to resist the temptation to fiddle with the router

    nooooo dont lol router LEAVE! lol

    The wireless card does show other signs of life and shows nearby networks?

    You may need to change the security level on the router to allow the laptop to access it. I've had this issue before when every laptop but a certain one would connect and you need to change the security from WEP to WPA or vice versa (can't remember offhand which way it is).

    Reddwarfposse5;3495133

    You may need to change the security level on the router to allow the … You may need to change the security level on the router to allow the laptop to access it. I've had this issue before when every laptop but a certain one would connect and you need to change the security from WEP to WPA or vice versa (can't remember offhand which way it is).



    WPA and WEP are two different types of password, WPA replaced WEP because it was insecure and is only still availible for compatibility for older devices. They're not security levels.

    EndlessWaves;3497117

    WPA and WEP are two different types of password, WPA replaced WEP because … WPA and WEP are two different types of password, WPA replaced WEP because it was insecure and is only still availible for compatibility for older devices. They're not security levels.


    Exactly what i was saying :? You may need to use WEP depending on the device you are trying to connect. And i think you will find out that they are both security levels (see below):
    WEP stands for Wired Equivalent Privacy. The 802.11 designers intention was to provide wireless users with a level of security equivalent to that achievable on a wired network.
    WiFi Protected Access (WPA) is the new security standard adopted by the WiFi Alliance consortium. WiFi compliance ensures interoperability between different manufacturer’s equipment.
    WPA delivers a level of security way beyond anything that WEP can offer, bridges the gap between WEP and 802.11i networks, and has the advantage that the firmware in older equipment may be upgradeable.
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