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Stupid Wireless connection


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#1 julesann2

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Posted 14 December 2008 - 01:37 AM

I have just paid my landlords in order to get onto their wireless internet. I have gotten their 'network key' password and can see their network in my available networks, but when I click on it nothing happens. In fact, rather than connect to the proper network, my computer often chooses my neighbor's network and tries to sign on to that poor signal. (I will admit, I have borrowed this neighbor's wireless in the past :0 maybe this is karma!)
If anyone can help me, I would be VERY EXCITED!!

Also, if you could explain the answer as if you were talking to an eight year old? That would also help.

Edited by julesann2, 14 December 2008 - 01:39 AM.


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Posted 14 December 2008 - 02:33 PM

When you click on the correct network, does it prompt you for the WEP (access) key, AKA the password?

#3 julesann2

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Posted 19 December 2008 - 02:00 PM

yes it does. i know the password and have typed it in about a billion times, but when it comes up the dots that represent the password characters are not long enough... the password is 10 characters long and the dots show only 7 characters... I try retyping the password but it doesn't help.
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Posted 19 December 2008 - 05:56 PM

I would verify that you have the correct WEP/WPA key from your landlord and make them show you that its working.

As for you always connecting to your neighbours, because you have connected to them in the past, it saves that network in your history and it is probably the first preferred network to connect to if it detects it.

To delete it from the list or move it, go to Start > Control Panel > Network Connections > Right click on your Wireless Network Adapter and go to Properties > click on the Wireless tab near the top (Should be the middle tab) and then you will see a box of all the networks you have connected to. Your neighbours will probably be the first one at the top because you say your pc always connects to it. You can either delete it or move it down the list.

Hope this helps.

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Posted 20 December 2008 - 09:36 AM

CHeck to see if MAC Address control is enaled by your landord .....your devices Mac address needs to be entered into the router s/w if it is. ....otherwise the router will "deny" access, even though you can see the router.

Strange that all keys are seen as dots .....be sure the type of key / security is consistent .....128 bit, WPA, vs WEP, etc.

#6 julesann2

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 03:51 PM

Strange development... I was able to connect for no apparent reason to my landlord's network. BUT ONLY FOR ONE DAY!! I have since not been able to connect and I'm not entirely sure what variables have changed!!

Thanks for all your suggestions, I have tried them with no recent success.
Any more ideas? Keep 'em coming!
Thanks!

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 04:07 PM

*gasp* it's working right now! What variables should I be looking at to determine what to do next time it's out?? I wrote down the IP address and subnet mask that it's using etc. Anything else that could help me??

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Posted 22 December 2008 - 11:26 PM

Your really doing the right thing. I mean, your IP may change. The router might just lease you the same IP. Your subnet mask will not change. Who knows why you had so much trouble. We don't know how your landlord has their router set up. They could have settings that are not set up right and it is giving you trouble connecting.

In a way, its kind of hard to troubleshoot on that end when you do not have access to the routers settings.

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Posted 23 December 2008 - 12:01 AM

Lets hope it keeps working for yah.

Sounds to me this Landlord could use a chrash course in setting up a wireless network. :thumbsup:
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