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wifi notebook

by pfoley / October 8, 2004 9:15 PM PDT

I have a wifi gateway notebook.
I have a netgear dsl wireless router.
I have a 802.11b wireless usb adapter.
I also have a Cisco card installed.
I can get on the internet if I am at home, but I cannot get on the internet when I leave my home or am on the road or out of state. I was told I should be able to but I cannot. I will see that there is a wireless network available many times, but I cannot connect to it. What could be the problem.

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Re: wifi notebook
by Kees Bakker / October 9, 2004 4:02 AM PDT
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The netgear dsl wireless router and the 802.11b wireless USB adapter communicate with each other at home, and that works correctly.

A 'Cisco card' tells next to nothing. Cisco makes all kinds of communication equipment. And a 'wifi gateway notebook' might seem that it's wifi ready, somehow.

Wifi is the same as 802.11b. See, for example: So I'm afraid it is some settings problem. Consult the documentation, or ask where you bought the laptop for help and possibly a demo. I assume that they are the ones who 'told' you should be able to use it, so let them show how it works.

Good luck,


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Re: wifi notebook
by tleroy-homecomputeraid / October 12, 2004 8:50 AM PDT
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Your problem probably relates to the Safe Secure Identifier (SSID) (which is neither safe nor secure!), or Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) settings. Make sure you record what these settings are at home before changing them for "hot spots." Your SSID should most likely be set to the word default and WEP should be turned off when you're on the road. Make SURE you have a firewall like Zone Alarm on your computer before using it in public! I recommend having an SSID other than default, and turning on WEP at home. Be leary about doing secure transactions in public areas.

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Re: wifi notebook
by tleroy-homecomputeraid / October 12, 2004 8:57 AM PDT
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Sorry for the misinformation, SSID stands for Service Set Identifier!



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