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Cannot connect laptop to home network-help much appreciated

by ftngrave / February 25, 2011 2:16 PM PST

My network at home shows up under wireless networks but when I try to connect nothing happens, it just tries to connect while my small computer icon remains in the bottom right hand corner with a red "x" on it.

I've rebooted the router and my laptop and that hasn't worked. I also can connect to an unsecured network picked up from where I live.

I'm on a gateway pc running xp media edition.

Hoping someone catches something in the ipconfig/all, before I have to start resorting to all sorts of possible solutions I found via google.

Thanks a bunch in advance. Oh, and I'm actually at the moment, on the network I want to connect to wirelessly, via a ethernet cable.

Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
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C:\Documents and Settings\Owner.Die-Live>ipconfig/all

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Die-Live
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcast
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : gateway.2wire.net

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : gateway.2wire.net
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Marvell Yukon 88E8038 PCI-E Fast Eth
ernet Controller
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-03-25-46-F9-C9
Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.120
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.254
DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.254
DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.254
Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Tuesday, February 22, 2011 11:28:57
PM
Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Wednesday, February 23, 2011 11:28:5
7 PM

Ethernet adapter Wireless Network Connection:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Realtek RTL8185 54M Wireless LAN Net
work Adapter
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-C0-A8-C9-D4-29

C:\Documents and Settings\Owner.Die-Live>

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Could you give some more info
by lacsr / February 25, 2011 9:22 PM PST

1) did the computer ever connect to this network before and work?
2) since you mention an unsecured connection, what type of encryption is being used on the secured network?
3) give model number of Gateway, please.

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I don't see . . .
by Coryphaeus / February 25, 2011 9:54 PM PST

any router information. Is the router broadcasting the SSID? If not your PC will not see it and thus, your problem.

Also, is Wireless Zero enabled on the PC?

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thanks for the responses.
by ftngrave / February 26, 2011 1:21 PM PST
In reply to: I don't see . . .

The computer has never connected to this network before via my laptop's wireless card.

The network shows up and has (WPA2) following "Security-enabled wireless network". Is this the type of encryption?

My laptop is a Gateway MX3702.

What does it mean for a router to be broadcasting the SSID? I do know that my roomate's PC desktop is able to connect wirelessly to the router of the network fine.

How do I check or enable Wireless Zero?

Thanks. Hope we can figure this out as I have a 25 foot ethernet cable running from my kitchen to my living room.

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by ftngrave / February 27, 2011 2:29 PM PST

Wireless Zero is on, i.e. has been "started" and is set to automatic so I believe it's configuring my connections.

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Somewhere, WinXP
by lacsr / February 27, 2011 8:29 PM PST

or in the software for the wireless card, it should tell you there is a secured network and ask for the password or key. WPA2 is a type of encryption, so you cannot connect to that network unless the password or key is entered.

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