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I've just decided to go wireless and as I have a broadband router I thought an access point would suit me, plus I could switch it off when I don't need it.
I intend to use the wireless side with my laptop, a IBM Thinkpad A30p which has a 10/100 Ethernet & 802.11b wireless combo card inside. It is running Windows XP with all the latest updates. I bought a SMC2455W access point, as my router is also an SMC, a SMC7004BR Barricade. But the SMC2455W won't talk to my laptop. The laptop recognises the wireless (WLAN) is there and displays a speed of 11Mbps but that is it, the access point doesn't respond. The daft thing is some time ago, someone nearby had a wireless system and my laptop logged into it as it was unprotected but I think they have now moved as it isn't there anymore.
SMC supply a cd and I've installed that but when that searches for the access settings it can't find any and where the details should be remains blank.
I can get into the access points web based program by going sort of backwards via my router that way. I found that by accident. I've changed the password and updated the firmware to the latest version but the rest I've left exactly in its default settings. So, I am sure the access point is working properly.
IBM supply a program called Access Connections and I now wonder if that is spoiling the party because it keeps telling me my wireless is disconnected.
Can anyone give me any pointers please? I've now spent about 8 hours trying and I can't think what to do next.
Your a star mate
I had to manually set up the Alternative Configuration Feature and that did it. Just to prove it I'm now using it wirelessly.
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