Wireless on NT

April 25, 2010 at 16:22:20
Specs: NT 4.0 Workstation, ?
I have an old point of sales server running windows
NT that I would like to connect to a wireless printer. I
installed a Netgear MA311 wireless card and got its
program running and seeing the network, but I can't
connect to the internet. The Netgear software says its
connected and gives me a signal strength, but I also
get a error message of: DHCP client could not obtain
IP address.

The people at D-Link (my router DIR 655) say it
doesn't support NT, which I don't quite understand. If I
can see the network and its putting out a B wireless
signal, why can't I connect?

So, I'm wondering if there is something I don't have
configured correctly thus not connecting, or if there is
a work around if I really can't connect to the dlink
because of the NT OS.

I have another question along these same lines that I
think I'll put in another post... Ethernet and Wireless
on NT?

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April 27, 2010 at 12:50:59
Are you running NT 4.0 with a Service Pack? The last service pack for NT 4.0 (6a) was released in 1999, and I would guess you would need that pack at a minimum to run a wireless connection successfully, since 802.xx was relatively still in its infancy. I have a system running NT 4.0 with no service packs and it runs Ethernet fine, since Ethernet has been around a lot longer than wireless.

The last service pack for NT 4.0 is Service Pack 6a High Encryption (Google for "sp6128i.exe"). You should also install the Post-Service Pack 6 Rollup. (available here: Post-Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 6a Security Rollup Package (SRP))

Oddly enough, SP6 is no longer downloadable from Microsoft's website, but the rollup and older service packs are if you search their ftp directory.

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January 30, 2011 at 11:21:07
I've had a little more experience since buying a MA401 PCMCIA card on eBay.

When the network shows a connection, you need to go into the tab that says "Encryption". On the option for "Encryption (WEP)", you need to select 'Disabled', '64-bit', or '128-bit'. You need to know what your router is set up as in order for it to work.

Once you have made the correct changes, you MUST restart the computer to make the changes effective. Simply making the changes in the program will not make them effective.

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