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reformatted laptop

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by heyreese, Jan 21, 2007.

  1. heyreese

    heyreese Guest

    I reformatted my laptop and now I am trying to get my wireless internet to work. The router is still installed on the same desktop as before. The box that the card and the router came in doesn't have a driver in it. What should I do?
  2. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    Routers do not use drivers. They are standalone network devices and are not part of hardware listed on your computer - those you'll need drivers to operate. In other words, your router is not installed on the computer, rather the computer is attached to the router (and vice versa) using a network cable or by a wireless connection as the case may be.

    What you need is to download and install the driver (and wireless client manaagement application if applicable) for the wireless network adapter on your notebook. Assuming your notebook has an ethernet adapter, you can connect the notebook to the router using a network cable and access the Internet to download the driver setup program. You can find the download appropriate for the wireless network adapter from your notebook's manufacturer's support website if it is an OEM equipment, or from the wireless network adapter's manufacturer if it is an after-sales addition.

    Once you have installed your wireless network adapter, you can do about detecting the router's signal and connecting to its wireless network. If your network is protected by a encryption network key, you will be prompted to enter the key when connecting.

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