wireless works....but not for laptop

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  1. Ted Lee

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    hi all -

    here's the scoop.

    1. main pc hooked up to linksys g wireless router
    2. two pc's (in bedrooms) hooked up via usb wireless adaptor

    everything works perfectly. strong signal, fast response, etc. i'm totally happy.

    then my girlfriend brings her laptop home, but it can't connect to my wireless network. i'm pretty sure the laptop works okay, because when she takes it to school, it connects wirelessly to the school's network.

    i've double-checked the 'show available networks' option, and it does show my network, but i just can't get the darn thing to connect.

    any ideas?

    thx,

    ted

    edit: laptop & primary pc's are running xp. i disabled wep just to make sure that wasn't a factor.
     
  2. John*Jones

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    Are you using WEP or MAC filtering? Those are two things off the top of my head that might prevent a new PC trying to connect. Perhaps someone else can offer a better suggestion.

    John

    edit: missed your edit [​IMG]
     
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    Its possible that the network at the school is 802.11b and not 802.11g like you have set up. 802.11b was established first and is more widely used. Might wanna double check the laptop's compatibility with 802.11g.

    L8rz,
    Deepak Jr.
     
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    Another possiblity...you flashed your wireless g to Liksys's proprietary 108Mbps mode and if the wireless adaptor ain't Linksys and will definately have problems.

    Barring that...

    is the router acting as a DHCP server?

    On the laptop try ipconfig /release
    then ipconfig /renew
     
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    One of the specs of 11g is that it is backwards compatible with 11b except in enhanced modes I believe.
     
  6. Ted Lee

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    thx guys. i didn't think about the laptop's g compatibility...i'll have to look into that. is there an easy way to tell?

    afaik, i didn't flash the router. i did the 192.168 (whatever it is) to configure the router, but it was straight drag n' drop type setup.

    i don't think my router is acting as a dhcp, but not sure. i know my dsl box is dhcp for sure...

    wall -> dsl router -> linksys wireless router

    i'll try the release/renew on the laptop too!

    thx much..i appreciate it.
     
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  8. Ted Lee

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    not sure gordon. i think she has a compaq evo laptop...the wireless part is "integrated" into the actual case. it's kinda cool...no gnarly thing sticking out of some slot.

    i'll go into her device mgr and see if it will tell me...otherwise i suppose i can check the tcp/ip stack?
     
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    Its your TCP/ IP settings

    I had the same problem here at home and called their tech support and they helped me get it sorted...

    Give it a try.
     
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    I didn't know Linksys had a proprietary 108 Mbps mode. There's no mention of it in either my router, the card for my laptop, or the PCI card in my HTPC/gaming system.

    However, the router does have an option to use 802.11g only and not 802.11b. I'm doing that to help throw off the scent for any war drivers who are looking for 802.11b only. I'm also using MAC address filtering and the new WPA encryption.
     
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    what's mac address filtering?
     
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