Posted 04 April 2006 - 10:54 PM
I just got a new dell laptop and would like to use a wireless router to connect to the internet and to my older dell desktop. I have a Belkin Wireless Cable/DSL Gateway Router F5D6231-4 that is currently hooked up to the desktop for use as a firewall (I did not set this up, my cousin's husband did, but he is now living in a different state so he can't help me) and both computers are running Windows XP Professional.
First I tried doing what the packaging on the new laptop told me to do to connect to a wireless network which was click on the little wireless network icon in the bottom left hand corner of the desktop. It brought up 5 different networks, but only one was "security enabled" so I figured since the router is also a firewall that must be it and connected to that. It told me I have "limited or no connectivity" even when the laptop is sitting right next to the router, when I do the "repair" option it tells me that it could not "renew my IP address", and to "contact the person who manages my network" which, I guess is me, but I have no idea what that means so that wan't very helpful.
Next, I tried the Wireless network wizard on the desktop and created a new network and since I don't have a jump drive it said I needed to hand-enter the network key into the router and both computers, but I don't know how to enter it into the router. So then, I found the router manual (when all else fails...read the directions) and in it found the router start-up cd which told me to add the laptop and then it would magically connect to the internet, which I did and then restarted the laptop like it said , I tried the internet and it didn't work and it still gives me the "limited or no connectivity" thing when I look at the wireless connection.
I'm thinking my cousin's husband might have done something fancy when he set the thing up and thus, doing it the simple way (with the cd) won't work. There are instructions for the complicated way in the book, but I don't understand them so I didn't really try that.
Am I connected to the wrong network? Do I just need to go buy a jump drive? What am I doing wrong? Thanks for any help you might be able to provide.