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Laptop isn't reading the SSID

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by JBlu, Mar 20, 2009.

  1. JBlu

    JBlu Addicted to LI Member

    Does anyone know if you do the tomato firmware, if there is anything one must do to the laptop for it to find the SSID? So far, it's not finding the one that is shown to be set up on the admin page. Do I need to have the wifi update or something else done so that it can register the SSID? Do I have to hit reset for 30 sec and let it reset everything? Do I need to hook it up to a hardwire and then unplug it? I am totally at a loss of why the pc can't find the SSID. Can someone please help?
     
  2. TheGIZ

    TheGIZ Network Guru Member

    1. Is your wireless card on?
    2. What type is it and will it pick up a G network?
    3. Can you see and other wireless networks with your wireless card?
    4. Do you have SSID broadcast enabled on Tomato?
     
  3. JBlu

    JBlu Addicted to LI Member

    Yes to all four of your questions (there are more details of you look at my other 3 posts - I reposted because no one responded).
    I had a friend help me over the phone and didn't know why it wasn't working. So we tried something else yesterday - we deleted all the previous SSIDs in the list (thinking my SSID might have a new configuration with the tomato firmware) to see if that might help (in case it was searching for an old configuration with that SSID). That didn't work. I can try using a hardwire and see if that helps and then unplug it. I can try resetting the entire router (holding the button for 30 seconds) - but I didn't know if it would work properly now that I am using the tomato firmware. It is reading another SSID in the area. It will pick up a G network. The router is Linksys WRT54G. The admin page shoes the SSID is set up for the one I had used before I did the firmware. The friend had no idea why it wasn't working after he looked up info on it and asked me all these Qs. Does the laptop need to be updated to anything - drivers or anything - with the new firmware? Does anyone know what I need to do?
    Thanks!
     
  4. SgtPepperKSU

    SgtPepperKSU Network Guru Member

    Did you reset the settings at all after upgrading to Tomato?

    If not, you should through the Web interface at Administration->Configuration->Restore Default Configuration->Erase All Data in NVRAM Memory (thorough). This is recommended after any upgrade, especially when switching between different firmwares. If you don't, strange things can happen that seem to not make sense and aren't readily debuggable.
     
  5. JBlu

    JBlu Addicted to LI Member

    Thank you - it shows it now - as an unsecured wireless.
    I set up this router a long time ago (five years ago). I do not remember how I coordinated it. But I had originally changed it so it was 192.168.1.20, I had an SSID and a password. I remember when I did all that, I had a hard time with the laptop, finally did it and thought I'd never want to do this again. So here I am again... an unsecured wireless. Can you tell me how I set it all between the two or send me to the link or messages in here that tells me exactly how I do it? Thanks so much!
     
  6. SgtPepperKSU

    SgtPepperKSU Network Guru Member

    In Basic->Network->Wireless, you just need to change it to your desired SSID and security settings. If you choose the same ones as before, there shouldn't be anything you need to do on your laptop.

    You should also change your Web Administration password (Administration->Admin Access->Password).
     
  7. JBlu

    JBlu Addicted to LI Member

    Thanks for all your help and getting back to me so fast.
    Okay I made a new SSID but kept the old pw. I think I had made them too close and obvious before. Looks like things are okay... but it is saying on the laptop: unsecured network. Do you know why it says that?
     
  8. SgtPepperKSU

    SgtPepperKSU Network Guru Member

    In the Wireless settings (where you set your SSID), did you leave Security as "disabled"? Preferably (as long as all clients support it), you would choose "WPA2 Personal", "AES", and set your key.
     

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