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Can't log on to my secured wireless network

by pwmpci / August 6, 2007 7:31 AM PDT

I have a microsoft 802.11b wireless network in my home. Windows XP home ed. secvice pack 2. HP desktop AMD Athlon 64 connected directly to the router. I also have an HP laptop Win. XP SP2. in another room. When the network is put into the "secured network" mode on the host desktop computer, the laptop in the other room requires that a passcode be entered before the laptop can get on my wireless network. We enter the required passcode, the laptop goes onto the secured network no problem.
I have a second laptop Dell Pentium III, win. XP SP2 DLink Air DWL 650 that getonto the wireless network perfectly when the network is in the unsecured mode.
When network is in secured mode, this laptop indicates that I am connected. When I go to Int. Explorer, I am actually not connected. I cannot get the computer to come up with the screen that requires me to enter the passcode. I try to disconnect and reconnect, and it never puts up the "enter passcode' screen, and I'm not connected to the network. I get a message, cannot find server. Very strong signal from router. Any thoughts? Thanks, Pete M.

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Did you do something like disable....
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 6, 2007 7:39 AM PDT

If SSID broadcast is disabled many cards will do that. So enable SSID broadcast and try it with WPA security.

Remember I don't have your manual so you have to convert my instructions to match your router.


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Re: SSID and WPA security
by pwmpci / August 6, 2007 8:06 AM PDT

Thanks for the reply. I'm not quite shure what you are suggesting. I'll look in my users manual to see if I can find that info. By making your suggested changes, will I be negatively affecting any of the other computers currently working fine on my wireless network?

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After you change to secured
by PudgyOne / August 6, 2007 9:26 AM PDT

On the computer that is NOT connecting when secured,

view wireless networks.

disconnect from your router, you may have to go into profiles and remove it.

Now connect to your router. It should prompt you for a password. You should connect.

If you do NOT connect try winsockfix.

Let us know how you make out.


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Can you explain "you may have to go into profiles"?
by pwmpci / August 6, 2007 9:51 PM PDT

As Bob suggested, I verified SSID is enabled.
Rick: On view wireless networks, the only network shown is my network, very strong ( I'm right next to it working, Ha!). I disconnect & it auto reconnects. It indicates connected but on Int Explorer I get a " page cannot be displayed" msg. On Outlook Express I get a "host cannot be found"msg.
Can you please explain what you mean by "you may have to go into profiles and remove it"? Can you let me know how to do that? After I try that, then I will try winsockfix as you suggested. Thanks for your patience & help. Pete M.

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I downloaded & installed winsockfix
by pwmpci / August 7, 2007 1:19 AM PDT

I installed winsockfix & still the same issue. When trying to get on my network, no screen pops up asking for the log in code. One change: On view wireless networks, my network now indicated " limited or no connectivity". It previously said that I was connected when I was actually not. I have no idea what I did to cause this change.

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Tried Removing The AutoConnect Ability..
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / August 7, 2007 4:37 AM PDT

Frequently, if you've typed the wrong password, it will continue to try to automatically connect and as such, connect incorrectly.. So, first, open the "View Available Wireless Networks" from the lower right corner icon, then "disconnect".. Next, open the Control Panel, then double click on the "Network Connections" icon, then RIGHT click on the wireless adapter icon listed there, choose "Properties". When the "Properties" window loads, click on the "Wireless Networks" tab.. Find the listing for the your network name in the "Preferred Networks" window, then highlight it and remove it from the list.. Click on "apply", OK, etc. Now close all the windows and attempt to connect again.. See if the password window pops up again and if so, BE SURE that you've typed in the correct passphrase to enter your network..

IN some cases, I re-enter the passphrase on the router just to be sure that all my typed characters are correct.

Hope this helps.


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