Do I need a new wireless adapter with WPA2 ?

July 19, 2012 at 16:19:47
Specs: Windows XP, 256
I have an old computer (2005) that was working fine until yesterday when when my Verizon router got blown by a lightning strike. I was using WEP and the new has WPA2. I got my newer laptops working (wirelessly) after spending and hour on the phone with Verizon, but they will help me with my old PC's running Windows XP service pack 3

I have a Linksys 2.4 GHZ wireless G adapter WMP54G (old) in the one I'm trying to fix now.
I tried to update the driver (no updates available)

What should I do next ?

Billy


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#1
July 20, 2012 at 00:03:55
You should still have the option to use WEP on your new router, though WPA2 is better and after spending all of your time with Verizon you may be better off keeping it.

As far as your old dongle is concerned, if there is no updated driver for it then you won't be able to use WPA2 so replacing it, as you suspected, is your only option.

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#2
July 20, 2012 at 09:07:32
Kind of surprised a G doesn't have wpa2 but it is possible. The HP site may have info or support.

http://www.linksysinfo.org/index.ph...

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#3
July 20, 2012 at 09:27:46
Looking at the specs that unit has been around since at least 2003 & there are at least 3 revisions of it. Later ones may be WPA capable but not WPA2 or mixed.

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#4
July 20, 2012 at 13:10:06
I agree it could be that. As you say, get a new adapter.

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#5
July 21, 2012 at 05:29:04
Okay new wireless adapter is on its way (PCI Network Card 300M) thanks

Now on to my second issue: I have an old Dell Vostro 1500. I got the wireless to work fine but can not get the LAN to work. The other old computer just hooked up with out any issue when I plugged the cable in. I use this in my barn and it is too far away for a wireless signal. I can not find the set up in my networks for the LAN ????

Billy


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#6
July 21, 2012 at 08:45:25
If it used to work on the old wireless router then the new router should work also. Either some setting in router that needs to be set like dhcp or maybe lease amount. More likely this old computer needs it's IP configuration checked.

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#7
July 21, 2012 at 16:37:06
Okay - new info, I tried to uninstall the OHCI compliant IEEE 1394 Host controller and it gave an error " this device can not start CODE 10" when I tried to re-install

Billy


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#8
July 22, 2012 at 09:08:49
OK, first question, why did you uninstall the firewire (1394) controller? Was this part of your wifi troubleshooting or was there another issue?

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#9
July 22, 2012 at 09:27:10
I thought if I un-install and re-install it might work again - is this for the LAN connection?

Billy


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#10
July 22, 2012 at 09:46:36
Why reinstall driver? The thing used to work on the old modem. It is a config issue.

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#11
July 22, 2012 at 09:47:20
No, IEEE1394 is your firewire adapter. If you don't use it, or you don't actually have a working firewire port then I'd recommend just disabling and ignoring it.

The only problem the OP appears to have is that the new modem/router supports WPA2, whereas the old one was only WEP and WPA. Obviously Verizon, in their wisdom, have set up the other computers to use WPA2 as it is supposed to be more secure, but the older network adapter does not support it, even with the latest drivers, which are still old. Hence installing a new adapter which will support WPA2 will solve the connection problems. Also WPA is easier to set up that WEP which is also probably why Verizon went down that route.

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#12
July 22, 2012 at 10:25:30
I don't even know what firewire is so I guess I don't use it. Keep in mind I am tried to get the LAN to work on my Dell Vostro 1500 I hope I didn't confuse people by switching gears here to another problem computer. The Dell works fine on wireless but not on the LAN I see no LAN setup how do I get there? This computer worked fine before the new router came. I would think almost any computer would work if plugged into the LAN. I have a few others even older than this Vostro that work just perfect on the LAN - thanks

Billy


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#13
July 22, 2012 at 10:35:05
Yes, I think your post #5 did confuse the issue slightly because you mention trying to get a signal in your barn, do you have a wired connection in the barn already?

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#14
July 22, 2012 at 11:12:54
yes, wired in barn and it will work with my other lap tap but not the Vostro 1500 that did work fine. How do you set up the LAN connection? There must be a place for settings? What is it called or what makes it work in the device manager?

Billy


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#15
July 22, 2012 at 13:38:22
In Device Manager it will be listed as a 'Network Adapter'. If you go into Control Panel/'Network Connections' a working device will be listed as 'Local Area Connection', will show the name of the adapter, and will say whether it is enabled. If it is enabled then double click it and see what it says about 'status'.

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#16
July 23, 2012 at 08:53:25
I thought that at some point you stopped talking about one computer and then started talking about another.

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#17
July 23, 2012 at 09:10:36
I did - I should have started a new thread. I'm waiting for a wireless adapter to come in the mail for my first issue. Now I'm trying to get the second computer (Dell Vostro 1500) on the LAN it works fine on wireless but there is no LAN device showing in the Device manager or in Network connections

Billy


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#18
July 27, 2012 at 14:02:17
Okay got a new wireless card BYTECC PCI Adapter 300 M IEEE 802.11 and I'm up and running wireless again.

Can't figure out how to save my WEP key so I don't have to type it in every time though on power up.

Billy


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#19
July 27, 2012 at 18:30:43
All set now, all is working fine - thanks for the help

Billy


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