Adding older laptop to network

January 8, 2010 at 15:55:44
Specs: Windows 98
I have a network set up through my ISP (they provide the router w/ AT&T Uverse) which gave me a 10 number default password (I called AT&T and they said its WPA encryption) I have the correct SSID in place, but not sure what I should enter in for the encryption key

My decent computer got jacked and all I have is this ghetto WAY OLD windows 98 SE laptop. It has a ORiNOCO Wireless LAN PC Card (5 volt). After entering the SSID in, it says "set security", then i have the choice of either "Use alphanumeric characters (0-9, a-z, A-Z)" or "Use hexadecimal (0-9, a-f, A-F)"

I entered the 10 digit key in to both settings to no avail. Not really sure what to do.. help?


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#1
January 8, 2010 at 15:59:26
Any OS before & including Windows 2000 has little or no wireless capability. Try to find something cheap if you're low on cash.

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#2
January 8, 2010 at 16:39:39
I can't really afford to purchase a new lap top. A friend was kind enough to send me one he had sitting in a box. He had it hooked up to his wireless network but was not tech savy enough to explain how to hook up on mine.

So.. I know it's possible, just not sure what I am doing wrong.


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#3
January 8, 2010 at 17:53:27
Then try it without the encryption. Disable it in the router. I had a hard time with windows 2000 & wireless, so I can imagine how windows 98 is.

Check a local pawn shop. Your laptop might be there or maybe there is another one for sale that you can afford.

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#4
January 8, 2010 at 22:14:05
I suspect your old laptop is not WPA compatible. It is probably only capable of using WEP encryption.

You will need to get into the router's configuration interface and see what options you have to step down the security. I do not recommend disabling the security completely so if you can step it down to WEP then I suggest you use either 128 bit or 256 bit encryption.

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#5
January 9, 2010 at 15:20:21
That sounds more logical, It's just been a long time since Ive used windows 98. I will try that when I get home tonight and report back. Thanks for the idea.

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#6
January 10, 2010 at 04:30:49
Win98 is usable, but does have networking bugs. You can also use MAC filtering, You can enable it in your router setup,. It will then only allow MAC address you specify to join your wireless network. You can get the MAC address of your adapter by entering, "ipconfig/all " at comand prompt.
MAC address is physical address.

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#7
January 10, 2010 at 12:17:53
Thank you soo much, Using wep encryption I was able to get my ghetto laptop up and running..!

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