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Can't get WPA security on laptops

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by ldlemons, Jan 22, 2009.

  1. ldlemons

    ldlemons Addicted to LI Member

    Been running unsecured on my WRT54GS. Got crazy neighbors now so decided to change to secured settings. I RESET the router. Started over with CD wizard. Set up my desk top (XP) first, with WPA Personal settings. Setup successful! Tried to set up two laptops on the the established network. One is XP one is VISTA Home Premium. New network is functional on these machines, but only as an UNSECURED network. Why?? I changed all settings to match the router settings, and I get a message that the settings conflict with the router--but they are exactly the same. My laptops are still unsecured. What am I doing wrong?
     
  2. TVTV

    TVTV LI Guru Member

    Could you please give us more info? What do you mean by "CD Wizzard"? What settings have you changed to match the router's settings?

    Later Edit:

    It's rather easy to change the routers' wireless encryption type. You just have to access it's web interface at http://192.168.1.1, username blank, password "admin" (assuming you haven't changed your router's factory IP address, username and password), look for the Wireless tab, go to Wireless Security, change Security mode to "WPA Personal", change security algorythm to TKIP, choose a wireless key (be sure not to choose a common word like "cat" or "dog", go for something more difficult, like "GoLakers01" or something), click on "Save Settings" and you're done! ;)

    Of course, you can also use the CD which came with your wireless router to set up wireless security. You will just need to run it on ONE computer, not on all of them. RESET the router (for 30 seconds), restart it (power cord out, wait 10 secs, power cord in), wait for it to boot up, connect to it either by wire or wireless, run the wizzard on the CD, choose WPA when asked for the security type, choose a passwd, complete the wizzard, and you should be go!
     
  3. ldlemons

    ldlemons Addicted to LI Member

    I did exactly as you said in your last paragraph, but my laptops still accept the network as unsecured only. Why?
     
  4. TVTV

    TVTV LI Guru Member

    Somehow you must've made a mistake during the setup phase (forgot to choose WPA or to click some "Save" button or something?) or maybe the wizzard has failed. If your network were to be secure, you shouldn't be able to connect to it without credentials. Does it show up as an "Unsecured wireless network" in the Network List? If it shows up as "Security-enabled wireless network", maybe you have already entered the proper credentials at some point and allowed Windows to save and use them automatically every time you try to connect to that network again.

    Later Edit:

    Reset the router again, connect to it, run the wizzard again, be careful to properly enter and save (if asked for it - i have never really ran the Linksys Setup Wizzard, i installed Tomato right after i've bought the router) the settings, then see if your computers ask for credentials when you try to connect to your network. If they do, you're go. If they don't, i'll try and walk you through accessing your router's web interface and setting up security from there.
     
  5. danix71

    danix71 LI Guru Member

    If they are really old laptops, with really old wireless cards, with really old drivers...they will not accept crypted connections. Maybe with a newer drivers.
    For my Asus WL-138g cards (Marvell chipset, not Broadcom ones-newer ones) I found recently drivers that allow to connect to WPA or WPA2 networks. Till then, through their original drivers only WEP was supported.
    And another thing. If this doesn't work...make SSID broadcast invisible and add a MAC filtering...then allow only your laptops to connect to your GS. That's a litttle better than no protection/encryption whatsoever.
     
  6. TVTV

    TVTV LI Guru Member

    danix, one of the laptops he's using is running Vista Home Premium, which means new drivers, new hardware. I haven't heard of a Vista lappie that couldn't connect to a WPA secured network so far.

    OT: Hehe, salut! I haven't seen you since i quit Price. ;)
     
  7. ldlemons

    ldlemons Addicted to LI Member

    TVTV, Danix71 thank you for your help! I got it working. The web interface was the fix. The CD installer wizard apparently doesn't work properly. I tried it numerous times. Even with someone looking over my shoulder to see if I was making a mistake. It just wouldn't work. The interface did it! Thanks again.
     
  8. TVTV

    TVTV LI Guru Member

    Glad we could be of assistance! ;)
     
  9. danix71

    danix71 LI Guru Member


    Glad to be of any help!

    OT: Salut! Nice to talk to you and the guys anytime...but not so much time , though. :)
    Now I'm home for a while so hope to read and write much more. :biggrin:
     

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