onboard pci wireless adapters in a laptop

  LAPTOPBABE 15:14 21 May 05
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I am all set up to network wirelessly apart from the laptop which has an onboard wireless card. The instructions to configure it are greek to me and I wondered if anyone had ever done it.I can connect via ethernet cable but that is not much use with a laptop!!

  mgmcc 20:35 21 May 05

You need to configure it to work with the type of wireless network that you are using:

(a) - "Ad Hoc" where PCs with WiFi adapters installed communicate directly with one another (may be described as Peer-to-Peer).

or

(b) - "Infrastructure" where where PCs with WiFi adapters installed communicate via a Wireless Access Point, including a Wireless Router.

The SSID (wireless network's name) in the laptop should be the same as that in the other device you are connecting to and the channel number should be the same.

If the device you are connecting to is a Router, or a PC running "Internet Connection Sharing", the laptop's WiFi adapter should be configured to get its IP address automatically. This is the TCP/IP settings for the adapter in the Network Connections folder. If it is not being networked for Internet access, just for File and/or Printer sharing, you will need to allocate a fixed IP address.

Whether you are running Windows' own wireless software or the third-party software for the adapter, there should be a facility to scan for available networks to connect to and this should pick up the SSID (wireless network's name) that you created in the other device you are trying to connect to.

  LAPTOPBABE 21:21 21 May 05

Thanks for your help but I have already gone down this road and the icon is still showing red, which means 'not linked'.The 'ssid' is correct and everything else. Why is there a blanking piece which fits in the slot, does this need to be in or out? Would i be better getting a card to slot in and would this work?

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