WiFi not connecting on this Modem Router

December 23, 2010 at 13:06:03
Specs: Windows XP Pro SP3, 2.793 GHz / 1006 MB
Hi all

I have an Acer One Aspire 10.1 Netbook with built in Wi-Fi. The OS is XP Home.

In my travels overseas and at home in Oz I have no problems with connecting to the Net via any available Wi-Fi outlet, private and public.

At the moment I am holidaying in New Zealand, again no problem connection to the net via Wi-Fi from any hotel or airport thus equipped.

However for the next 10 days I will be staying with the outlaws in the North Island, and here is where the problem presents it’s self.

My sister-in-law does have Wi-Fi to which I tried to connect with the password she gave, but the connection failed.

I went to the log-in page and used the password supplied only to receive this error message headed:

“Wi-Fi connection prohibition message “wireless network connection”

The network “ bla bla bla” (sister-in-laws network) requires a network key (also called a WEP key or WAP key). A network key helps prevent unknown intruders from connecting to this network.

Type the key and then click Connect”

I typed in her password and confirmed the PW in the next box, only to get this error message:

“The network password needs to be 128 or 256 bits depending on you network configuration.

This can be entered as 8 to 63 asci characters or 64 hexadecimal characters. ,

Why is this happening when I have managed to connect to every other Wi-Fi connections in any other locations and countries?

I must add here that my sister-in-law does use her computer for work purposes from home at times and I was told that a Techie from her work came to her place to set up the Wi-Fi for her.

But having said that, her brother had another Techie from the local computer shop set his up and when I try to connect to his Wi-Fi network the same error pages were displayed. Each use a different ISP.

The modem router is a Dynalink RTA1025WE.

I do not know the exact spec on this netbook other than it bgeing an Intel Atom processor, sorry.

Can anyone shed light on this problem please?


"Thinking hurts my head that's why I live in West Australia"

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December 23, 2010 at 13:31:34
My guess is you are entering the password into WEP instead of WAP or visa versa or the tech created a new key and they don't know the correct one.

Just guessing,

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December 24, 2010 at 12:45:00
Hi there, Yeah, it is rather strange.

I have since discovered another anomaly

I tried to Skype the family at home and found that the sound was so badly distorted I could not make it out, let alone try for a picture yet when I used my sister in laws Dell laptop it worked perfectly.

Is it at all possible that her Modem router is incompatible with my netbook, is this at all possible?


"Thinking hurts my head that's why I live in West Australia"

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December 24, 2010 at 14:22:43
Another possibility is that MAC address filtering is being used on her router, though that doesn't seem likely given what you have described. If that is the case, you would have to enter the MAC address for the wireless card in your netbook as allowable by her router.

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December 24, 2010 at 15:17:41
Can you get internet access by using a CAT directly into the router?

Perhaps you can check the wireless key.

By the way. In Australia, how do you pronounce router. is it
1. rooter
2.rowter (row as in arguement)

A thank you would be nice, if I have helped.

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December 25, 2010 at 20:24:01
Hi guys, thanks for the responses.

Some of the things that you suggested, I am not familiar with, and seeing that I only have about another week or so to go before going back to Perth West Aust. I think it may be prudent not to fool with her settings.

I think if I screwed her router up then I would become the outlaw :-)

And, it is pronounced as "Rowter" as in cow. Although I think at the moment it is more of a rooter.

Regards for the festive season to you and yours.

"Thinking hurts my head that's why I live in West Australia"

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