Problem connecting to Linksys WAG54GS

  kosciosco 17:42 05 May 2009


I have brought my laptop with me while staying with a friend. He has a wireless router - a Linksys WAG54GS - but has never used it to connect wirelessly.

My laptop is running Vista and at home I connect using a Netgear 834 router without any problem.

Anyway, I can't get it to connect. My laptop can see the router. I have run inSSIDer to check that there is no interference - there isn't, my friend's router is the strongest signal by a long way.

When I try to connect it tells me that the network security key is not correct. Now I know the password is correct and I have checked to make sure the encryption is the same, so what the laptop is telling me is wrong.

I have taken off the security to see what happens. This tells me that it is connected to the network, but not the internet.

Finally I have reset the router.

Nothing seems to work, so anyone have any ideas?


  mgmcc 20:32 05 May 2009

The problem with a network adapter in Vista allowing Local access but not Internet access is an extremely common one, but I've yet to see a definite solution to it.

Presumably the Laptop has both a [wired] "Local Area Connection" and the "Wireless Network Connection"? As only one of these usually connects to the internet at a time, try disabling the Local Area Connection so that the Wireless Network Connection is the only network adapter available to Windows with which to connect to the internet.

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