I have never been totally convinced by the integrity of the wireless connection here, even when I did get it to work before. It all seems to be a bit jumbled up somehow. It took me forever to get it set up in the first place last year, and I was never able to get the Belkin adapter in the desktop pc to work (not a problem ultimately with the ethernet cable, but still damn annoying that I couldn't figure it out). And when I eventually got the laptop to connect wirelessly, I was never totally sure if I had used WEP or WPA - there is a 10 digit WEP key on the bottom of the router, but at some point I remember it asked me to enter a longer WPA key as well!
As it stands now, when I enter the code when I go to reconnect to our network, it seems to accept the WEP just fine. But then I thought maybe it wants a WPA key instead. So I went into the wireless network setup wizard, and it gets to a screen where you can print your network settings. If I click this, it tells me that my encryption type is WEP, but it also shows my network key as being in WPA format!? So I copied and pasted the key, and used that instead of the WEP key on the bottom of the router to reconnect to my network. It accepted that too! (but still no luck with browsing).
I then tried typing in a completely made up key. It accepted that too, acquired the network address, and 'connected'! It says clearly unde the name of our network that it is a security-enabled wireless network.
Is there some kind of confusion with my encryption settings that is causing this, or is there something else I need to fiddle with to be able to view internet content again? Utterly confused. If anyone is able to help, would appreciate keeping the technical jargon as simple as poss, because, as you may have gathered, my working knowledge of this stuff is sketchy at best!
Surely if I am typing in an invalid network key, it would tell me and not allow me to connect...right?
I tried downloading the manual for the 585 to avoid having to bother you guys, but alas it was all a bit too technical for me. Sorry!
Many thanks, Jessica xx