Secured wireless connection won't connect

Dell Inspiron 1525 notebook (intel penti...
January 21, 2010 at 11:38:10
Specs: Windows Vista
I password protected my internet connection. Now, my laptop won't connect even though I typed in the password. It says that it cannot connect to the router because it is too far away. My laptop is sitting beside my router. Also, I have connected with 3 other computers

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January 21, 2010 at 14:15:59
I am making an assumption that you have a wireless router. Try using a wired connection to access the web based setup on it maybe.

Some can be re-set and the config will be saved might try that. Some reset's actually return the system to the way it was new. See the owners manual.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)

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January 21, 2010 at 14:39:35
I would suspect the password you typing in did not match the one you setup for the router wireless.

You also must match the the encryption level like wep/wpa/wpa2 etc.

Connect via wired to the router and reconfigure the wireless then try to connect wirelessly again.

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January 21, 2010 at 15:10:13
If I take the security off my wireless router, I can connect with my laptop, but if its turned on, I can't connect.

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January 21, 2010 at 18:06:58
It boils down to the type of security encryption in use and whether the laptop is capable of negotiating that protocol.

What kind of encryption are you using?

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)

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January 22, 2010 at 03:50:11
my son put it on for me. He used WEP personal and tkip if that is what you are asking. This part of computing is not my strong suit. Thanks so much for trying to help me!

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January 22, 2010 at 06:18:32
I would change from WEP to WPA (if possible, WPA2) as WEP encryption is easily cracked. Write down the password you used to protect your wireless network. I would use a different SSID name for it as well so there's no confusion between your old wireless network and the new one.

Then, let your wireless laptop scan for wireless networks, when it finds the new one you've created, connect to it using the password you created.

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