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how do I configure internal wireless adapter in new laptop?

by missbrinda / March 5, 2007 4:11 AM PST

Have a new Acer laptop with Windows Vista. It won't pick up the Linksys Wireless G router (which works fine). Needs configuring, but don't know how to do that. Called Linksys. They said I have to call Acer. Is that true? This is powerful one...54mbps-says 100 % signal, but don't know what "address" to put in so that it can communicate with the Linksys. Can you help me with the steps? Barb

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A few items to check.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 5, 2007 4:17 AM PST

1. Is SSID broadcasting on the router?
2. Is the router FIRMWARE the latest they offer?
3. If the wifi security is set to "none", does it work?
4. Does the laptop work at a free hotspot?

These answers should narrow down where the issue is.

Bob

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Many wireless problems can be resolved.....
by Michael Geist / March 5, 2007 5:54 AM PST
In reply to: A few items to check.

by opening the program that controls the wireless adapters connection. Usually a double click on the icon at the taskbar will open the program to tell which networks are available and give you a "connect" button to push.

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Stepdaughter just got a Vista. . .
by Coryphaeus / March 5, 2007 7:43 AM PST

laptop. Company laptop. It found my home network (wireless G). I spent over two hours trying to figure out how to connect. Never did.

BTW, all my XP Pro and Home machines (two desktops and three laptops) connect perfectly. Setting up WEP (I know, but it's simple) is a snap. I never did find the settings in Vista. One more nail in the Vista coffin.

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conecting to lap top
by Papa Echo / March 5, 2007 9:02 AM PST

The wireless adaptor should be set to broadcat SSID. The wireless adaptor at the laptop is normally set by default to detect all networks. It can take some time# for the laptop to detect the network for the first time. # My experience- anything from 1 minute to 30 minutes - it seems not to connect, then suddenly,it comes alive.

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