Posted 22 February 2011 - 02:06 AM
I just got a new Dell laptop. I connected it via ethernet to our home LAN. I had the idea that it was 'safer' than wireless until I got security software purchased. Before I did I needed to visit my parents in another town, so I took the Dell with me to finish up. I also just got an iphone (3GS). One day while 'exploring' a dialog came up saying that a wireless connection was available did I want to connect? I did, and it did. Now I can connect to the web! Later, I decided that I wanted to connect the laptop, also. Problem is, it doesn't seem to be able to see the network to which the iphone is connected (& continues to communicate on - I checked). I thought I could connect the laptop manually by typing the IP address, subnet mask, router addr, the DNS, the ISP, or whatever was needed to get the laptop to connect. I haven't been able to find a way to do that.
So far, what I have attempted is: control panel>network and internet>network and sharing center - connect to a network
A little window pops up in bottom right corner of screen saying, "Not connected. No connections are available". But I know there is, cause my iphone is connected to it and I can see the data (IP address, subnet mask, router addr, the DNS, the ISP, etc.) associated with it.