Laptop wireless problems

  eddshrinker 17:41 16 Apr 07

I am having trouble connecting my laptop to a home wireless network which would connect to the internet. I can get onto the network from my desktop PC, but have recently bought a Compaq Presario with Windows Vista. The wireless card is switched on as it can see various wireless networks, including the one I wish to connect to.

However, when I attempt to connect to it, it says it cannot connect for an unknown reason. The troubleshooter etc will also not fix the problem. It does not even ask for the network key password.

The router used is a Belkin f5d7632-4, though I should not think this is the problem if I can see the network?

Thanks for any advice.

  Ashrich 18:23 16 Apr 07

First of all try updating the drivers for your wireless adapter and temporarily turn off all security on the router , including MAC filtering and try connecting again . I you can then connect it was obviously something blocking the laptop access , if it doesn't work try resetting the router back to factory condition ( while plugged into the mains push something small and pointed into the small recess on the back for about 25 seconds , I use the inside of a biro ) Re-enter your details to connect to the internet then try connecting again .


  eddshrinker 20:19 16 Apr 07

Thanks for the help. I am not sure how to turn all the security off, nor where to find MAC filtering. I have also tried the laptop in a friend's house and successfully connected to his network/internet there, so am I right to assume the drivers are up to date?

Resetting the router also did not help.

  Ashrich 18:19 17 Apr 07

Access the router set up page , it will be in the manual as to which IP address to enter into your browser , I think it should be , and try turning off the WPA or WEP encryption , temporarily of course , to see if it makes any difference to the laptop's connection , do you get any joy if you connect direct via Ethernet ? .


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