airlink 101 moniter wont work

December 12, 2010 at 20:58:50
Specs: windows xp
hi there. i have recenty just goten another computer, and its windows xp so i bought a airlink101 usb and when i try to connect to the wifi i have on my main computer it will not connect. i have uninstalled it reinstalled it and tried different things multiple times. i have folowed the instructions and i get to the point where it says to find a source and add it to profiles, i do this and then nothing happens.

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December 12, 2010 at 21:50:10
Airlink 101 is not a monitor, it's a wireless N USB adapter !

READ the installation directions for it !
There is probably a full manual on the CD that came with it that has more information.

Usually you must install the software for it BEFORE you first plug it in

If the software has it's own wireless settings program, you don't need it for XP - it's easier to use XP's built in Wireless Zero utility
If you can choose to NOT install that when you install the software, don't install it..
If it is already installed
- look in Control Panel Add / Remove Programs - if the Airlink drivers and wireless settings program are listed separately, un-install the program.
- if you can't do that - Start - Run - type: msconfig , click OK or press Enter - click on the Startup tab - if you see a line that loads the Airlink wireless settings program, click on the box at the beginning of the line to remove the checkmark , etc., etc. You will be prompted to Restart the computer - do that - when the desktop first loads a window will pop up for System Configuration or similar - click on the small blank box on it to insert a checkmark, click on the large X top right of the window to close it.

Once the Airlink settings program is not loading,

Control Panel - Network Connections - your Airlink wireless adapter should show up there,

Either there, or in My Network Places, you should see View or Search for available wireless connections oir similar .
Click on that, find the connection with the SSID (label) for your own router, click on connect.
If it says Security enabled or similar, you must supply the correct encryption key or password - the same one as in your router's configuration.
If you need to find out what that is, you can access the router's configuration on any other computer at your location that can already connect to the router and get on the internet, or you can connect a network cable betwween the wired netrwork port on your own computer and the router's wired network port.

Setting up a wireless network connection is not as straight forward as (as easy as) setting up a wired network connection.

If you're connecting to your own wireless router, the Security settings in your wireless adapter's settings must be compatible with the Security settings in the router's configuration settings.

If you want to connect to someone else's router, your wireless adapter's settings for THAT connection must be compatible with the Security settings in THAT router's configuration settings.

You must choose a wireless connection to connect to. You can only connect to one wireless connection at a time with a particular wireless adapter.

You can't connect to the internet via a wired and a wireless connection at the same time on the same computer - one or the other.
If you have both a wired and wireless connection to a router from the same computer, disconnect the wired connection while you're setting up your wireless adapter's internet connection, after you can connect to your router wirelessly.

If you look for available wireless networks in you wireless utility and you see "security enabled" or similar for a connection, then when you try to connect to that connection, if your security settings for that connection - most likely the encryption key string or password - are NOT right, you WILL NOT be able to connect to that wireless connection, until you supply the right type of and right encryption key or password.

For the connection to your own router that you can access physically
- the SSID must be the same - the label you see for your router when you look at your available wireless connections list
- the type of encryption must be the same
- the encryption key or password must be the same
- in Win 98SE, the wireless channel used may need to be the same (2000 and above can auto detect whatever channel it is the router is using in Window's Wireless Zero utility).

If you don't know what the Security settings are for a router that has "security enabled" or similar
- in someone else's router, you can't access it unless that person chooses to tell you their settings - at the very least the encryption type and key or password, maybe more.

- in your own router, you need to access it's configuration settings. If you can't connect to it wirelessly, then you MUST connect to the router on a computer that is connected to it via a network cable or wirelessly - your computer via a network cable, or another computer in your local network.

The manual for the router tells you
- the URL you use in your internet browser to access the router's configuration log in screen
- the default user name and password you use to access the configuration settings

If you're not sure what to do there, we need the make and model of your wireless router.

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December 12, 2010 at 22:10:48
thank you very much it worked great. i have been very frustrated for the better part of today and i cant tell you how relived i am, thanks -cody

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December 12, 2010 at 22:40:04
We're glad to been of help to you.

That was a quick fix - I hadn't even finished editing the post when your second one appeared.

The stronger the wireless connection is between the adapter and the router is, the faster the max speed of your connection to the router, and the internet, will be.
You probably have an icon in your Taskbar lower right, or one you can see when you look at the available wireless connections list, that indicates how strong the signal is. If you can reposition the case (or the laptop or netbook) so the signal is stronger, or if you connect the USB adapter to a USB extension cable and experiment with the USB adapter being in different locations, you may get a stronger and faster connection to the router - you get a better connection when the USB adapter is vertical.

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