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Ok, I just got a new Laptop, and a Linksys WRT54GS wireless router and I am having a little trouble.

I installed the router on my main PC via CAT5 into slot 1 of the router, and internet works fine. I follow the steps with my Laptop to connect to the network, and it does just fine. The light is on on the router, the signal strength is at full showing on my laptop, but under status is reads: "Acquiring network address" and I cannot connect to the internet via the laptop.

What can I do to connect to the internet? Thanks :tazz:
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Hi Mumps,

Have you run the Windows Network Setup Wizard?
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Nope... What options in that should I use, and how should I go about doing it?
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Hi Mumps, and welcome to GeeksToGo! :tazz:

The Wireless Setup Wizard is relatively easy to use.
  • The easiest way to open the Wireless Network Setup Wizard is through the Start Menu: go to Programs, Accessories, then Communications, and you'll find it there.
  • The first thing to do when the wizard appears is read the welcome message, and click Next.
  • Now, type a name for your network -- anything will do, as long as it's relatively unique to you. You're allowed up to 32 letters to express yourself, but remember that your neighbours might get to see this name at some point!
  • Unless you already have a network key that you absolutely must use, select the Automatically Assign a Network Key radio button.
    (Note: You should write down -- on a piece of paper -- both your SSID and your Network Key!)
  • If you bought equipment with WPA (stronger encryption), tick that box. Click Next again.
  • Unless you have a USB flash drive (it's unlikely), choose the option for manual setup. Don't worry -- it's just a matter of printing out some settings and entering them into your other computers. If you don't use encryption, you can usually skip this step.
  • Now, right-click on the wireless icon in the bottom-right corner of your screen -- it looks like a small computer with two lines on the right of it.
  • On the menu that appears, click 'View Available Wireless Networks'.
  • Now, you should see a list of the wireless networks your computer is in range of. Look for the name of your own network. This will be the name you typed in the setup wizard earlier or, if you use a router, it will probably be the name of your wireless equipment's manufacturer.
    (Note that this is the screen to come to if you ever want to connect to a wireless network other than your usual one -- just double click the one you want, wait a while, and it should work.)
  • To make sure Windows knows which network is yours, you need to click 'Change the order of preferred networks' on the left of the available networks screen.
  • You should click the 'Add' button to add the name of your network to this list, and use 'Remove' to take away any that aren't yours.
  • When you've highlighted your network, click Properties, and then go to the Connection section.
  • Make sure 'Connect when this network is in range' is ticked. If all else fails, you might have to take your printout from the Wireless Network Setup Wizard and enter that information on each computer.
Let me know how you go, and if you need further help;
Dan.

Edited by Dan G, 13 January 2006 - 02:16 AM.

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Sorry for my late reply, school gets the better of me right now.

Nothing worked...

I don't know what is wrong. I plug my PC into my schools internet, and it works fine, I don't have to do anything. I plug my PC directly into my internet at home (bypass the router like it wasn't there) and it doesn't work!

Would by chance I need to install my shaw internet onto this PC? There was a CD I had a few years back that I had to use to install the internet onto my main PC... no clue where that is.

I see my router on the list, and am connected too it. But it says "Acquiring Network address"

Thanks :tazz:
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I plug my PC directly into my internet at home (bypass the router like it wasn't there) and it doesn't work!

Well, in that case it's obviously not your Network setup :tazz:

Would by chance I need to install my shaw internet onto this PC? There was a CD I had a few years back that I had to use to install the internet onto my main PC... no clue where that is.

Indeed.. However, many ISP's offer FTP servers to download the setup.exe files -- you could try contacting your ISP to see if they offer this service. If they dont, I think you're going to need to rummage around for your CD.

Out of curiosity, can you connect to the 'Main PC'; ie: share files with it, ping it, interact with it?
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No, I cannot interact with it. I'll try and see if Shaw has their setup files online.

I'll get back to you soon. Thanks a lot.
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No, I cannot interact with it. I'll try and see if Shaw has their setup files online.

Did you run the Wireless Network Setup Wizard on your Laptop, or on the computer connected (via wires) to your router?
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Did you run the Wireless Network Setup Wizard on your Laptop, or on the computer connected (via wires) to your router?

Yeah, I did that. But it didn't work :tazz:

Tomorrow I am going to get a new CD. I found my old CD, and my notebook won't even try and install it, so I am going to get the newest version from Shaw when they open at noon tomorrow.
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Yeah, I did that. But it didn't work

That doesn't really answer my question :tazz: I was asking which way you did it; from the Laptop, or from the Desktop?
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That doesn't really answer my question :) I was asking which way you did it; from the Laptop, or from the Desktop?

I ran the wireless setup from my Laptop, as there is no wireless option on my desktop.

However, I just tried to connect again, I did the basic connection process all over again (for the 10th time..), and by some shining light I was able to connect and everything works fine...

I'll get back to you if anything happens.

Thanks a LOT for your help, I appreciate everything you've done to help me in my moment of internet troubles.
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Glad to hear it :tazz:

Thanks a LOT for your help, I appreciate everything you've done to help me in my moment of internet troubles.

I haven't done much -- but, no problem.. I'm always happy to help :)
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