Setting up a secure wireless conneciton

  anaisuk 21:38 11 Aug 2008

Hi I am having trouble trying to set up a secure wireless network. I am using windows xp and I have a micradigital router and when I go into security on my router page I have a choice of WPA/WPA2, WPA2 only, WEP or Disabled. At the moment I am set to disabled and I realise that I need to set up a secure connection. The trouble is that when I try to do this both my sons laptops cannot make a connection so I have to keep going back to disabled so they can get online. How would I know if there laptops support WPA/WPA2 or WEP. I have not got a clue and would appreciate any help offered.

Many thanks anaisuk

  mrwoowoo 01:26 12 Aug 2008

You may need to use WEP only to get them all to connect.
XP is ok with WPA if it has a relevant service pack 2 update installed.
My Vista pc will only let the pc upstairs(XP) connect with WEP.WPA is hit and miss and WPA2 a no go.

  mrwoowoo 01:28 12 Aug 2008

If you use WEP,use a good password.Something like
[email protected]@[email protected] @ instead of a,and numbers are good.

  mikegm7 14:28 12 Aug 2008

Whatever password you set on the router, you will need to repeat on the laptop (network card) for the two to communicate. Do you have a separate card slid in the side of the laptop or is it built in?

  Miked1 14:49 12 Aug 2008

As mike hints, once you setup the router to use encryption you'll usually need to setup all the client keys to use it too and input the pass/sharekey you chose on the router.

Under XP this is usually just a matter of starting a new wireless profile for your connection and adding in the appropriate key. Unless you're using a static IP then the rest of the setup should be more or less automatic.

Mind you, if you have a custom third party wireless driver/UI setup on the client computers then I don't know where the settings would be.

  anaisuk 22:28 12 Aug 2008

Thank you all for your replies. Mikegm7 one of the laptops has a built in network card and the other has a card slid in the side of the laptop. Because of this do I have to set up each laptop differently? I do have xp service pack 2 installed but I am unsure about the update. Where would I get that from?

TIA anaisuk

  PC Bilbo 17:30 13 Aug 2008

Read this on how to set up click here

  anaisuk 17:41 13 Aug 2008

Thanks PC Bilbo for the link. I tried to set up the network last night first on the router then on each of the laptops using wireless network setup wizard and I have to use WEP as one of the laptops does not support WPA. I thought everything was set up correctly but on both laptops I could not get on line. This is the error I got:

'Limited or no connectivity. Network did not assign a network address to the computer'

How do I overcome this problem I aint got a clue what to do here?

Many thanks anaisuk

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