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Windows 7: Can't connect to the internet


16 Jun 2010   #11

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To be honest what I've told you is pretty much what I know atm! Also, you will have to use simple English

Mixed machines? I've mentioned we use Macs as well, is that what you meant?

Not sure about this bit - 'Have you tried connecting in the clear (with no encryption)?'


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16 Jun 2010   #12

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Skyrg View Post
I would be happy to do that if I could, but to set it up originally we used a disk. I've found the disk, but can't remember the username or password we were given, we were given several. Urgh.
The disk was used for the original setup, especially for your Macs, but now, according to your user manual, you only need to type one of the following:

http://192.168.0.1
http://www.routerlogin.net
http://www.routerlogin.com

in a browser to open the utility.

The factory username is: admin
The factory password is: password

unless you have changed them?
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16 Jun 2010   #13

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Skyrg View Post
Hi, I already posted this on the Dell forum but no one's got back to me yet (we've been trying to solve the problem all day).

We have a major problem connecting to the internet.

The computer is a new Dell Inspiron 1545, and we tried connecting on two different routers, neither worked. We then took the laptop to PC World, where we were told that the fault was with the computer and that using a Belkin G Wireless USB adapter would solve this problem as it would override the fault with the computer.

This device did not work and we contacted Belkin's technical support, who told us that the computer did not recognise WPA and we needed to contact Dell for a WPA patch.

We're at a bit of a loss now for what to do. Does the computer need to be fixed, or will a patch work? And if so, where do we find the patch? Given that the computer is new I expected it to be able to connect to the internet with no issues.

Just to note: the router works fine with other computers.

connecting the computer via ethernet has no effect either.

the computer uses a WLAN Dell Wireless 1397 Mini-Card.

We need some more info

Are there mixed machines on the network?

Have you tried connecting in the clear (with no encryption)?

Suspect it is a configuration issue because I have a 1545 and a belkin router and using it now.


ken
Ken, the OP is trying to add a visiting Dell with Windows 7 to his network of Macs ...
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16 Jun 2010   #14

Windows 7
 
 

Ah, typical, I was using those but I thought it was 'administrator' rather than 'admin'. Noob mistake?

I have access to it now, if you can tell me what you need to know I can check.
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16 Jun 2010   #15

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I had a similar issue yesterday with a Dell Inspiron 1545 that although it could see the wireless router, it wouldn't connect no matter what I tried. I ended up uninstalling the card thru Device manager and then reinstalling with newer drivers and this solved the issue for me. Not sure if that would help in your situation but it was a thought.
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16 Jun 2010   #16

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Skyrg View Post
Ah, typical, I was using those but I thought it was 'administrator' rather than 'admin'. Noob mistake?

I have access to it now, if you can tell me what you need to know I can check.
First, we need to know what "Security" (the type of encryption Ken was asking about) the router is setup to use. What specifically I need to know is if it is:

WPA-PSK or WPA2-PSK.

This seems to be the default setup for a home network with the wizard CD.

Now don't tell me what the wireless network password is, keep it to yourself, but you need to know that.

Also the default "SSID" (or the name given to your router and home network) is NETGEAR. Can you say if that has been changed?
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16 Jun 2010   #17

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ITChick View Post
I had a similar issue yesterday with a Dell Inspiron 1545 that although it could see the wireless router, it wouldn't connect no matter what I tried. I ended up uninstalling the card thru Device manager and then reinstalling with newer drivers and this solved the issue for me. Not sure if that would help in your situation but it was a thought.
This is a good suggestion ITChick, we may need to try that. Thanks! But first we have to know where we are before we know where to go? I do not want to be like BP and just start throwing things out there before I know they are needed or not?

Cheers and welcome!
Robert
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16 Jun 2010   #18

Windows 7
 
 

Sorry about long delay, had to go somewhere.
I wasn't going to tell you my password, after all, we only just met!

Mixed WPA-PSK+WPA2-PSK is what is ticked on the options. I have no idea what that means. Also, we have left the default name of 'Netgear'.
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16 Jun 2010   #19

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Skyrg View Post
Sorry about long delay, had to go somewhere.
I wasn't going to tell you my password, after all, we only just met!

Mixed WPA-PSK+WPA2-PSK is what is ticked on the options. I have no idea what that means. Also, we have left the default name of 'Netgear'.
OK, lets see if we can use this info to get the Dell connected. Let me know when it is powered up and ready?
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16 Jun 2010   #20

Windows 7
 
 

Dell is ready. Have just noticed below the 'Mixed WPA-PSK+WPA2-PSK' bit, the password box says 'WPA2-PSK Security Encryption'. Don't know if that's important.
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