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Hey y'all. :) I am at wits' end. I recently had a nightmare of a time getting my Linksys Wireless G router to work. Got that taken care of, thankfully. I ended up having to reset it to factory settings, and spoofing the pc mac address.

So anyway, I have no wireless network now for my daughters' laptops. :) We ran through the Wireless connection wizard, only to receive an error message pointing me to THIS ARTICLE.

Followed those steps, rebooted both machines (my computer DID have the service already started. The laptop did not. After a reboot: it keeps going back to NOT started.) Nothing is helping.

I should note I had a previous wireless network set up on here, using the same router and machines, and it worked fine. I moved last weekend, and Comcast made me get their newer cable modem. Ever since then, nothing is working right. :)

Any help is greatly appreciated!

My computer is a custom built one, running Windows XP Pro SP2. Ashley's laptop is a Dell Inspiron 1520, also running XP Home SP2.

One other thing to note, though I don't know if it helps: When I tried to manually force her laptop to recognize the network, it claims there is no wireless card installed. I know there is, b/c when you click on the little "bars" down near the clock for wireless connections, it shows two networks available from neighbors. :) It wouldn't see those if the card wasn't working properly, would it?
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We did the ipconfig /release and ipconfig /renew. That didn't help, either.
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Hello Kat, I'll give this a go :)

First, can you even see your wireless network when you bring up the Available Wireless Networks? If it's not showing up, make sure that the SSID is being broadcast.

Secondly, what's the model of the router and what encryption method are you using?
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I hope GG doesn't mind, Just adding some more possibilities.

Also if you log on to the router check if you're broadcasting the SSID.
If you've reset to factory default the encryption key is also bound to be reset, I hope you reconfigured that? :)
Reading you had to spoof a mac address I assume you enabled the MAC Filter. Try turning this off for testing purposes.

Regards,
Olrik

EDIT: Typos fixed :)

Edited by Artellos, 22 May 2008 - 03:00 AM.

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Thanks guys. Just a note: I'll be leaving town in about an hour, and won't be back until Friday afternoon. I'll check back then, and try the things you've suggested. :)
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When we bring up available wireless networks on the laptop, mine does not show up, no.

Changed SSID to enable. It was disabled.

I'm using a Linksys Wireless G WRT54GS router.

I'm using WEP encryption.

Turned off Mac filtering

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it's quite possible I didn't set it up correctly to begin with. *sigh* My old network was set up by someone else.
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Have you tried connecting to the network now that you changed the WEP key and disabled MAC Filter?
Any more information for an Update? :)

Regards,
Olrik
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Hey y'all! :) I just got home a bit ago from our trip. Ashley has her laptop with her on HER trip up to her fiancee's mothers. She'll be back on Sunday, and I'll try again. Sorry it's taking so long.
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No worries Kat :)
Things happen and it's not that either GG or Me will leave this forum any time soon :)

Regards,
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Things happen and it's not that either GG or Me will leave this forum any time soon :)


Good to know. :)
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Thanks, guys! After doing the above, the network was working perfectly unsecured. Fenor called me, and walked me through re-securing it. :)

We're now up and running the laptops wirelessly! Y'all rock :) (especially Fenor)
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Glad to know it works!
:) Fenor!

Regards,
Olrik
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