Laptop connects to internet via neighbour's router

  bennem 14:28 06 Jan 2006

Hi new to this forum and to wireless networks. Thanks to the info on these forums I've managed to overcome most of the common problems but one remains. I've installed a Netgear 108 wireless router and the desktop pc accesses the internet no problem. Had some trouble configuring the laptop (centrino inside)but manually entered IP address/default gateway etc and now have an excellent connection via the router. Problem is on signing onto AOL. It can't locate the modem or words to that effect. However the laptop picked up a weak signal from a neighbour's unsecured wireless network so I tried connecting to AOL out of curiosity and connection was instant! Why is this? Can anyone help please!

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