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Connected to the network but cannot connect to the internet

by madseason / January 29, 2009 2:26 AM PST

I recently installed a new hard drive in my dell inspirion e1405 laptop and I can no longer connect to the internet wirelessly using the Linksys WRT54G v2. When I use ethernet it works. It says I am connected to the network. I punched in the WEP key and I am connected. I power cycled my cable modem, laptop and router several times. I followed these linksys suggestions:

Checking the IP Address of the PC
Checking the Wireless Settings on a Linksys Router
Disabling Computer's Firewall
Disabling Proxy Settings
Pinging the Router
Pinging the Internet

and it still isn't working. I downloaded the firmware and that did not work. I am using XP MCE 2005. I updated the driver for my dell wireless card several times and also deleted it from the device manager and rebooted. Still nothing. Also right clicked on the connection icon and clicked repair several times.

Anyone have an idea?

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WEP is dead again.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 29, 2009 3:31 AM PST

Soon, real soon now I'll update the forum sticky with a note about how others hijack and interfere with WEP (protected?) wifi.

Now try it per our forum sticky:

1. Router defaults.
2. SSID broadcasting.
3. WPA and WPA2 if your gear works with it.

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Fixed it!
by madseason / January 30, 2009 1:31 AM PST
In reply to: WEP is dead again.

I went on the Linksys website and they have an automated trouble shooter. I actually followed a solution they gave for a VOIP issue which wasn't my problem. Just wanted to see what it had to say. I typed in my IP address in my web browser to get into my router settings. Figured in here lies the problem. Once I was in there I clicked status and then router. Then DHCP renew and DHCP release. I don't even know what this is but figured what the hell. I went briefly offline and then in a few mins I noticed in the system tray that I was connected! It deleted my network ID and WEP key. I reset the name and WEP and it's all good now.

Nick

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