Can't connect to wireless network

August 26, 2011 at 22:43:56
Specs: Windows XP
I have an IBM thinkpad t41 for my kid-XP operating system-the wireless card reads everything except it will not connect because it can't find a certificate for it-further-it won't connect to any other networks unless it's open-does this have to do with XP or the on-board wireless hardware

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#1
August 27, 2011 at 00:11:56
What security protocol is being used by the wireless network you are trying to access? WEP ? WPA? and is the network adapter in the laptop compatible with that encryption standard?

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#2
August 27, 2011 at 11:11:30
WEP-since I understand if I uncheck the "IEE" box in the network properties it would work-so I did-now it says it wants 40 or 100 bit characters-is that an XP thing? I never needed that with Vista or Win 7

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#3
August 27, 2011 at 14:25:20
With WEP security there are two common standards. 64 bit and 128 bit with the latter requiring a much longer key. You also need to set the correct type of key ( Open/shared) as well as key sequence number (1 to 4) to match the settings in the wireless router. Unless all three segments are correct you cannot connect.

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#4
August 27, 2011 at 19:29:33
If possible don't use WEP encryption on your wireless network, too easy to be cracked, should use WPA2 if possible. You can log on to wireless router management page and do the wireless encryption change.

Hope this helps.

picoHat
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