""Ok, my laptop is wi-fi compatable, and the connection manager recognises that it is connected to the internet, however when i try to do anything that requires the internet it is not working""
No You are not connect to the internet; you are connected to the router wireless systemn which would allow access to the internet if your laptop setting is correct
Web Browser Settings
Start your web browser. Select “Tools” then “Internet Options”.
In the “Internet Options” screen, there are three selections:
“Never dial a connection”,
“Dial whenever a network connection is not present”
“Always dial my default connection”.
If you can make a selection, select “Never dial a connection”.
If you cannot make a selection, go to the next step.
Under the “Internet Options” screen, click on “Connections”
Select “LAN Settings”
Make sure there are no check marks next to any of the displayed Options:
“Automatically detect settings”,
“Use automatic configuration script
“Use a proxy server”.
Then click “OK” again in the “Internet Options” page