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Installing A Belkin G Wireless Network Card

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#1 Glenn Lucitt

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Posted 21 July 2006 - 11:32 PM

:thumbsup: Morning all. Here's to hoping you can help me.

I'm using a Wanadoo router, which also allows me to connect a second computer wirelessly. Up until yesterday I was using the network card supplied by them through a usb on my laptop to connect to the net, however it's stopped working. So, I bought and installed a Belkin G wireless network card. Installation went fine however it then asked me for the WEP key. The WEP key is marked quite clearly both on the router and in the settings on my laptop, but inputting it does nothing, I just get a blank screen. A call to Belkin tech support was less than useless....
The wep key I have comprises 26 letters and numbers... HELP!!!

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Posted 22 July 2006 - 08:10 AM

Have you tried to reset the WEP key in the router?
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Posted 22 July 2006 - 11:57 AM

I believe the WEP has to be the same in all devices if I am not mistaken

Does the Belkin unit work with out the WEP enabled?

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Posted 22 July 2006 - 01:03 PM

I believe the input to the router has to be done with a wired connection - not wireless.

Did you use the wireless connection wizzard to set up the connection on the computer that is not connecting?

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Posted 22 July 2006 - 02:58 PM

Actually, on my router, you can access it and change settings via a wireless connection. However, you have to have the connection established first, and that's the problem here. :thumbsup:

By default, most routers and wireless adapters have WEP encryption disabled. If your router has WEP enabled by default, then you will have to connect via ethernet in order to turn it off. Also make sure that both devices are set to the same region and that the router is set to both "enable SSID broadcast" and "Enable Wireless Access Point" -- terminology may be different on your router, mine's a Netgear, but if these settings are correct, your Belkin wireless card should be able to find the router automatically by scanning for it.

Once the two devices have found each other, then it's time to set up security. At a minimum, set your WEP encryption, or better, go to WPA if both devices support it. Turn off SSID broadcast, change your network name, and specify a wireless card access list (MAC address list). None of these things is uncrackable but they will make breaking into your network hard enough that drive-by hackers will look elsewhere.

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Posted 22 July 2006 - 04:17 PM

Also note with my 2 wireless Linksys set to the newer HP direct cable broadband I had to download (first) a set up file to use after I went through the basic simple process. Then still needed to reboot.
Linksys, requires the CD Wiz to be step # 1 before using the USB Adapter or Notebook Card.
Following the instructions make a big differance in wireless networking I found out
I just did the Notebook install earlier today and all went very well.
But I found out that Linksys has great support and is basicly simple to install after I tried it my way on th efirst set up of the older Gateway desktop.
I suggest as others above 128 bit encryption with either WAP or WEP.
And reboot after you follow all the instructions.

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Posted 24 July 2006 - 03:16 PM

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Hi guys, thanks for all your sage and noble advice. In the end it was just a reset on the Wanadoo router - The girl at Orange was most helpful. I reset the WEP key, ensured the wireless connection was working, then changed the wep key back to it's original settings. Shame they didn't put these simple steps on their web pages...
Anyway, thanks everso.

One day I'll manage to post a question in the right place......

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