My housemate has wired broadband on her desktop PC. She also has a laptop and recently bought a router which she connected to her desktop PC so she can now sit in the garden with her laptop and have wireless internet access etc...
In order to join in the fun I've bought a PC card for my laptop (IEEE802.11b WLAN standard, which is compatible with the router) so I too can use wireless internet.
However....having installed the PC card and found my housemate's wireless network on the newly available 'local network' list, I can't seem to establish a connection. When I click 'connect', it asks me for a Network Key which I have, but once the key/password is entered I just get a message box saying "waiting for network" and then nothing happens and the connection is never made.
Anyone have any ideas what might be the problem or what settings I need to check/amend?
Hmmmm, I think the problem may be with the MAC address - I manually added my card details to the approved list last night but it seems to have dropped off, and not stayed fixed. Any ideas how or why that would happen?
I'm using the WPA security setting, but have tried the 128bit WEP too. And when I think it's all ok I've tried and tried and tried...!
Am going home now to re-try so will pick up any ideas/suggestions in a bit.
Are you using the same os? Are you sure you have all the security settings right? The one thing you can try is to uninstall your card and install your friends card. If you still get the same problem then it is a setting on your computer. Bit of a mess about but for 20 mins or so it will eliminate one thing.
Try using an ethernet cable to hardwire your laptop to the router first, and see if that works, with the MAC control and WEP security settings off. If so, then try with MAC control on. If this no longer works, you may have the wrong MAC address. If it works, turn on the WEP and try again. If not, you may have wrongly typed your WEP key in incorrectly.