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Windows 7: Bought new laptop w/W7; can't connect to router

07 Jan 2010   #11


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by confused30 View Post
Changed my settings to WPA and got a gigantic new KEY

But still no connection.

Iappreciate everyone's help...but aem...I don't get even half of what you are saying?? (But thanks anyway).

Here's the deal:

I have a Netgear 54 Mbps router.

My desktop runs old laptop runs XP. My new laptop runs Windows 7.

When I go in to set up or change wireless settings, I can only basically change from WEP to WPa....choose to either do it manually or put it on a flash drive...and then bingo I'm done. Is there somewhere else I should go to get more advanced settings??

Current config:

SSID: xxxx

Network Key: xxxx

Key Provided Automatically (802.1x): 0

Network Authentication Type: WPASK

Data Encryption Type: TKIP

Connection Type: ESS

Key Index:

After I changed from WEP to WPA, I shut down computer, unplugged router, and then fired them all back up. Then got HUGE new WPA Key.

Also tried saving new settings to a flash drive...plugged that into new laptop, but the 'connection' stuff on new laptop didn't have the option of reading flash drive to get the key.

Anyway, if you guys can help, that would be great. Thanks


Without the exact model of router you are using we can't direct you how to set it up. However, generally, you should be able to create your own key (or phrase), WAP2 password, and then type that into your Windows 7 to enable the secure connection. That would suggest not using: "Key Provided Automatically (802.1x): 0" but supplying your own password to make the key.

Here are some screen shots of areas you should become familiar with in order to configure your wireless connection. Did you go here and create a new network connection?

Do you have a wireless strength bar icon bottom right of the task bar? Right click it to open your network settings and / or do some troubleshooting.

You will need Windows 7 to setup a new network (Home, not Work or Public) and type in your key phrase or password.


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