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Windows 7: New Laptop can't connect to WRT54GS


26 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
New Laptop can't connect to WRT54GS

I just got a new laptop with an Intel WiFi Link 1000 BGN network card.

When I plug the ethernet cable in the laptop it works fine but when I try to connect to the router wireless, it says it cannot connect.

I have tried unplugging the router and the signal is strong. I have set "network discovery" in the settings.

I have never used wireless before. I assume it's something simple. What other steps do I need to take?

I have noticed the signal from the router is VERY strong, then a minute later, it's not even listed. Do I need to set up a wireless network on the router? or do they automatically send out the signal?

I also set up WPA (personal) on the router. It asks for the password and says "Windows could not connect"

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26 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Going through the steps in this tutorial should help,. Yes there are some things you need to set up in the router itself. Running the wireless network set up wizard usually works.
Setting up a wireless network
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26 Dec 2009   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I have done this stuff. I set up a new network. I can't believe it's supposed to be this hard. Nobody would ever use wireless connections.

Thanks....if anyone has any advice, I will be reading.

My connection status now has said "connecting" for about 5-10 minutes.

....Now it's gone. What would cause the signal to disappear? I am sitting 5 feet from the router.

...When try run the "new network wizard" my router does not appear in the options.
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26 Dec 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Luckily you aren't frustrated yet LOL. My wireless was a bit of a pain to set up also so I feel your pain.

There are updates for that router so it will work with Windows 7. You will have to know the version number. http://www.linksysbycisco.com/US/en/support/WRT54G

You also need to make sure that your router is broadcasting SSID.
http://linksys.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/...p?p_faqid=5451
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26 Dec 2009   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Thanks for the help chev65. Man this is frustrating.

Here is mine and I have the 2nd to latest F/W. The changelogs say nothing about Windows 7

Linksys by Cisco - WRT54GS Support

And my router is set up to broadcast SSID.

It will not show up unless I unplug it and plug it back in. Then the laptop acts like it's connecting.....then poof! the signal is gone and I have to reset the router to get it to show up again.

Any ideas? I can flash my router, but I have the feeling that's not the problem...
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26 Dec 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nate42nd View Post
Thanks for the help chev65. Man this is frustrating.

Here is mine and I have the 2nd to latest F/W. The changelogs say nothing about Windows 7

Linksys by Cisco - WRT54GS Support

And my router is set up to broadcast SSID.

It will not show up unless I unplug it and plug it back in. Then the laptop acts like it's connecting.....then poof! the signal is gone and I have to reset the router to get it to show up again.

Any ideas? I can flash my router, but I have the feeling that's not the problem...
The update for Windows 7 depends on the version number of the router. Some versions of that router do not have updated drivers and some don't. I have seen the updated versions come to life after the update where before they would not work with Windows 7. Another fix was using wireless N instead of wireless G. Changing the security may also have an effect.

There could also be interference on the channel being used so changing the channel 1-11 might help.
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26 Dec 2009   #7

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nate42nd View Post
Thanks for the help chev65. Man this is frustrating.

Here is mine and I have the 2nd to latest F/W. The changelogs say nothing about Windows 7

Linksys by Cisco - WRT54GS Support

And my router is set up to broadcast SSID.

It will not show up unless I unplug it and plug it back in. Then the laptop acts like it's connecting.....then poof! the signal is gone and I have to reset the router to get it to show up again.

Any ideas? I can flash my router, but I have the feeling that's not the problem...
The update for Windows 7 depends on the version number of the router. Some versions of that router do not have updated drivers and some do. I have seen the updated versions come to life after the update where before they would not work with Windows 7. Another fix was using wireless N instead of wireless G. Changing the security may also have an effect.

There could also be interference on the channel being used so changing the channel 1-11 might help.
I was wondering about the "channel" I will try that. There is an update on WU for my adapter too. I am downloading that now. Hopefully i can get it working.

My router is the latest version of the WRT54GS (7.2) and I have the 2nd to latest F/W on it....I hope that's not it. I don't think I would be able to see the SSID if it were not compatible with 7.....

Hey, if I change the channel on the router....do I need to do anything else? or will I just need to see if it connects then....?
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26 Dec 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Shouldn't need to do anything after changing channels. I would go with the latest firmware update. There is a 64 bit update there that might help.

I agree, it could be the adaptor also. Probably something simple that is being over looked or just an update is needed. Resetting the router could also help.
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26 Dec 2009   #9

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Well, I had a wireless mouse running right next to the router. I thought that might be interfering with the signal. I disconnected the mouse and now I can't even get the SSID to broadcast AT ALL...even after I cycle the power.

I reset the router to factory specs (the button you hold in for 30 seconds on the back)...nothing.

This is the most frustrating thing...I don't even know whether to go try a new router or what...
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26 Dec 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Compatable list of routers with Windows 7, I don't see your exact model listed as a supported model which could easily be the problem. Last Updated 11/24/2009 09:58 PM> http://linksys.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/...pview=1#router
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