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Unidentified network

5 Apr 2010 2:20PM
Here's hoping one of you tech gurus can help. I have changed routers due to computer movements and I now have one PC hard wired and an xbox, PS3, two laptops, one desktop and an iphone all running wirelessly, however I cannot get the third laptop to recognise the network. I am unable to change from 'unidentified network' to my named network on this final laptop. Wirless signal is excellent but I am only getting 'local access'. It is Vista if thet helps.

I hope this makes sense to those who can offer a solution.

TIA Graham

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User_Removed 9 2.2k 3 United Kingdom
5 Apr 2010 2:23PM
Was the laptop set up previously to use something like WEP, where it needs to share an encryption key with the router ? ie. the laptop is trying to use an old WEP key.
5 Apr 2010 2:30PM
Hi Chris, the laptop was on WEP but it has accepted the new password for the WPA and is configured for that.
User_Removed 9 2.2k 3 United Kingdom
5 Apr 2010 2:36PM
So is there a shared key in WPA ? Does it have to be set on both devices ?
5 Apr 2010 3:06PM
The key is set in the router and the laptop has accepted the key. For comparison here are my network settings:

and my daughters, sorry about the quality, snapshot from iphone.


BigRick 11 2.1k 3 United Kingdom
5 Apr 2010 3:54PM
it could be that ghost in your monitor, holding the camera, that is messing things up for you. WinkTongue
5 Apr 2010 4:18PM

Quote:It could be that ghost in your monitor, holding the camera, that is messing things up for you.

It's a possibility, but I am also installing 'service pack 2' on the laptop........just in case it's not the ghost Wink
cameracat 13 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
5 Apr 2010 4:18PM
Have a look in the wireless settings of your router interface.

Look for something along the lines of " Wireless Access Station " list.

Once there you should have a list of " available wireless stations " aka one should be your laptop.

Add the laptop to the " Trusted " list, Then save the settings.

In all probability you have " Access Control " turned on, Sometimes you have to turn that off before adding another wireless station to the trusted list.

But make sure to turn it back on again, Once communication with the laptop is established.

There are a few other twists to this, But its best to work through them one at a time.
5 Apr 2010 5:51PM
Router appears to be set up ok. I can't understand how the laptop is telling me I'm succesfully connected to the router, yet it will not allow me to connect to the internet, allowing only local access.
cameracat 13 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
5 Apr 2010 8:42PM
Check the Internet Explorer options under the " Connections tab " At the bottom is LAN settings, Click on that.

Make sure the " Automatically Detect " option is ticked, This may have changed when the system created the No2 connection.......Smile

Its still regarding No1 as the default version......Sad

Had a similar issue to sort for someone recently.....!
5 Apr 2010 8:47PM
Situation resolved now, thank you.

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