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Problem connecting my laptop to my router

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i have a dell xps m1210 and recently i had to wipe it and put all the drivers back in. in the mean time my fathers xps desktop had many problems and eventually broke so now we have a linksys router standing alone which works fine for the other things in my house. except my laptop i punch in the encryption key and it says i have full green bars but when i open the internet the page cannot be displayed. i have no idea why but from the little knowledge i know of the router and how it works i believe the router has to verify and accept my laptop to work on its server but the problem is that there in no computer hardwired to the router to do this. is there any other way i can get this to work?

sorry for the essay but if you could help id greatly appreciate it otherwise this laptop is useless :)

thanks hope you can help!
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You need to be able to access the Linksys router with a wired or wireless computer.

Get yourself a USB key.
Surf to https://www.grc.com/passwords.htm
(Yes, it's a secure page)
In the third box down (63 random alpha-numeric characters), copy the entire key to Notepad. Save this file as wpa_key.txt and have a copy on the USB drive.

Type into your browser. Enter the password, which is probably 'admin', unless it's been changed.
Under the Wireless tab, Security mode, choose WPA2 Personal. Under that choose AES. Under Shared key, paste the key you've saved to wpa_key.txt. Change the SSID to something you'll recognize, but not your address and not your name. Let's call the SSID "jmw9", for example.

Save your changes.

Now, take the USB key to each wireless laptop, and try connecting to jmw9. It will prompt you for the key. Simply copy and paste, then click on Connect. It should work now, unless the router has been configured to filter MAC addresses, which does happen.
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