Do the laptops work with hotspots?
If not, get the laptops fixed.
-> Next up is checking if the router firmware is current and that SSID is broadcasting. Some disable that and you see your issue.
Please help, I've spent so long on this problem I'm embarrassed to admit to the true number of man hours wasted!
The crux of the problem is I'm unable to add another laptop to an existing home wireless network.
Firstly, the host computer, a pc, and all the clients, 2 so far, hopefully 3 soon, are all running Windows XP home.
The host computer sends out the wireless signal via a Belbin router and modem combination. The technical term is a Belkin ADSL+ Modem with high speed mode Wireless G router.
We have two Toshiba Equim laptops with built-in wireless cards which connect to the network and share the internet connection perfectly.
However, I've since tried to add another laptop to the network.
The laptop is an EI System running XP home SP1. I have added a Belkin wireless G+ USB adaptor, to connect to the wireless network.
The computer recognises there is a wireless network and indeed connects. But I'm unable to actually view any websites and the connection cuts off every minute or so, only to reconnect 30 seconds later.
I thought it was a firewall problem, but turning off the firewall doesn't help. I've run the network wizard, but that hasn't solved anything. I've also tried fixing the IP address on the client machine, but again, with no luck.
Please help! Anything will be greatly appreciated.