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Without knowing how you plan on connecting to the Internet -- personal wireless router, wifi access in an apartment building or dorm, something else -- it's impossible to help.
wireless internet ain't free unless...
you get to a "hotspot", usually within a few hundred feet of a college and other places, or pay for your own ISP. Google "hotspot wifi". Cnet had a wifi free download course.
Mike, Would Hardware Do You Have Already?
If you're going to be using your own "Home" wireless network, you'll at least need a broadband connection which is then connected to a Wireless Access Point or wireless router. From there, turning on the wireless adapater on your laptop should allow you to pick up the WAP/router's signal IF it's been enabled. Read the links below for general information about the requirements for your wireless connection..
Remember, after you actually connect, you'll still need to set up the WAP/router so it's secure..Various things like WEP/WPA password, etc. are definitely needed but that comes AFTER you get your connection set up.
Hope this helps.
Wireless connection is not connected
Thanks a lot everybody, I've forgot to tell you guys that my laptop didn't even pick up wireless intenet connection at any hot spot areas. I just want to use this laptop at school, coffee shops that have hot spots. But my laptop never picks up the connection. Do I have to do any setup on my laptop in order to recieve any wireless connection? If I have to, what should I do, please help.
Windows XP home, 1G RAM, 100G HD. built in 802.11G wireless connection.
Mike, Have You Turned The Wireless Adapter ON?
Most laptop computers have a button that enables/disables the wireless adapater. The button will look somewhat like an antenna with radiating waves.
Have you checked the wireless adapter information in Device Manager? On XP, RIGHT click on "My Computer", choose "Properties", then click on the "Hardwared" tab, then the "Device Manager" button. When the Device Manager window opens, click on the + sign next to the "Network Adapters" listing and you'll see your ethernet and wireless adapaters listed. RIGHT click on the Wireless adapter, choose "Properties", then make sure it says "Use this device(Enabled)" at the bottom of the window. If it's not, use the drop down menu to "Enable".
Hope this helps.
Thanks a lot for your help. My laptop can connect to hot spot now, but as you mentioned about WEP/WPA password. I know nothing about it. Can you explain more about this and help me create the password for WEP/WPA.
Appreciate so much for your help.
Mike, If You're Connecting To A Hotspot
...you may or may not need a password.. Very basic here but the "sender" of the wireless signal (either a hotspot or your home wireless router/access point) must be configured to "request" a WEP/WPA password from the "receiver" in order for you to connect. Since your computer is the "receiver", if the request is not made and you can connect and gain internet access, then there is no need to type in a password phrased. A password is not required in that case. On the other hand, a "secure" wireless access point should have a password requirement. In that case, you'll need to obtain the password from the company using the "sender", then type it into your computer's wireless adapter program. It should be done using the general instructions below:
Configure WPA-PSK on Windows XP
After you've set up your router or access point for WPA-PSK, you'll need to configure the wireless properties on each computer for WPA-PSK as follows:
1. Right-click the wireless connection icon in the notification area, and then click View Available Wireless Networks.
2. Select the WPA-PSK capable network you want to attach to by clicking the SSID (Service Set Identifier). As shown in Figure 2, I am configuring the SSID buffalog.
3. Enter the Shared Secret (passphrase) in the Network Key field and again in the Confirm Network Key field as shown in Figure 2. Although the text refers to a network key, the passphrase can be entered here.
4. Click Connect.
If you have your own Wireless router/access point in your house, then you should configure that router with a password requirement. It prevents unauthorized users from gaining access. Here's a link that should help although the router manual will give you specific instructions on how to do it.:
WPA Wireless Security for Home Networks
Hope this helps.
device manager info
Thank you for this post, I was ready to blame my son for messing up my laptop until I read this information and everything is back to normal.
Thanks a bunch!
solved my problem :)
complete connection to wireless network on laptop
Hi have a Dell Notebook with a wireless card. I installed a netgear wireless router on my Dell Desktop. The laptop shows the connection, but I can't connect to the internet. The Card Utility shows Connection Statusas "Authenticating" What do I need to do to complete this setup? Is something blocking? Packets are being sent, but not received.
Terminology Needs To Be Agreed Upon...
1. It's not really clear to me what you've done.. You state: "I installed a netgear wireless router on my Dell Desktop"...First, you don't really "install" a router on the desktop computer.. Instead, you "connect" the router to the desktop computer using ethernet cables or USB cables, (or possibly a wireless connection) with ethernet being the the most common.. A wireless router should normally be a small box which sits apart from the desktop computer and it should normally have an antenna afixed to the top. The router should be connected to a DSL or cable modem which is then connected to a wall jack. (Sometimes there are combo router/modems which include both devices rolled into one but you get the point..) How is your system set up? IN addition, how is the desktop computer connected to the wireless router? (Is it "wired" or "wireless" and if "wired", are you using ethernet?)
2. What is the operating system of the both computers?
3. Normally, the "Authenticating" message can occur for the reasons below:
a.) The network WEP/WPA password hasn't been typed in.
b.) Router and network adapter firmware needs to be upgraded from the manufacturer's website.
c.) Something is blocking the connection such as a firewall or maybe too much distance/or walls is between the router and the laptop.
Hope this helps and let us know more.
connecting to WPA wireless network
i do face a similar problem .. can u tell me where do i type in my WEP/WPA userid n password ..
besides my setup is as below
Network authentication: WPA
Data encryption: Auto or AES
EAP type: Protected EAP (PEAP)
Make sure all other check boxes unchecked.
Click ?Properties? button to open up PEAP property window
Uncheck ?Validate server certificate?
Select Authentication Method: Secured password (EAP-MSCHAP v2)
Check ?Enable Fast Reconnect?
Click ?Configure...? button to open up MSCHAP v2 property window.
Uncheck the only check box in this window.
Click ?OK? buttons to close all open windows
Step 3: Logon to wireless network
Double click Network Wireless Connection icon to bring up logon window
Enter your account information (this account information is the account which I have created on the active directory of the server)
Domain field must be : domain name
Click OK to log on
When i click on OK the system just waits with the status "attempting to authenticate" and nothing happens..
pls help .. thanks
Note: I am using client as windows XP.