Solved Android devices cannot connect with internet using WAG120N

July 17, 2014 at 02:23:40
Specs: WIN 8
I have a desktop PC which I run in network with a Toshiba L750/03C
notebook and a Brother MFC-J430W printer with the connection being a
Linksys WAG120N Wireless-N Home ADSL2+ Modem Router. The operating
system on the PC and laptop is WIN 8.1 and the network was established
in December 2010 when I purchased the modem router. The PC is used as
the server on which the shared files are stored. The PC and notebook
replaced existing devices and were introduced to the network in June 2011.

I have since purchased a tablet (running on Android 2.3 OS) and a
Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone (running on Android 4.3 OS) but am
unable to get the network to accept either device. Both devices work on
other wifi facilities.

Do you have a recommended setting for the modem router to accept devices
using the Android OS or do I need to replace the present unit with a
more modern modem router. Our connection is still ADSL through copper
wires; it will be many years before we have access to a fibre optic

My ISP is Vodafone (previously TelstraClear)

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July 18, 2014 at 02:47:18
You'll need to be more specific about what happens when you try to connect them wirelessly to the router. All the other info you provided about your PC being a server and the Windows version it's running is irrelevant to the problem. The PC has nothing to do with connecting other devices to the router. The PC doesn't even have to be switched on for that.

I suggest you restart the router, wait until it's ready to use again (no lights flashing), then try again.

You may also want to look in the router's configuration utility to ensure that it's wireless function is actually enabled.

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July 18, 2014 at 03:37:53
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When you go into the Wi-fi setup screen, does your router appear in the list of wi-fi routers. If not you need to sort that out first.

There should be no special setting to connect to an android device. The router should accept it as just another wi-fi client.

If you can see you router, tap the entry and you should get a connection dialogue. what happens then?


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July 18, 2014 at 14:41:21
Thanks for the suggestions. I had spent a couple of hours trying to obtain confirmation from Linksys that this model modem router (nearly four years old) could include android devices in the network.

The solution I finally discovered was very simple. Each device was asking for a password and I entered the modem password and each device accepted this without objection. What was actually required was the passphrase of 26 characters and when this was entered, every connection seems to work as expected. The actual password is irrelevant for these connections.

Both devices are now included in the network map.

Thanks again for the suggestions.

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