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Wireless networking help!

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by smilincowgurl, Dec 13, 2006.

  1. smilincowgurl

    smilincowgurl LI Guru Member

    So I'm not very computer smart and have been searching the forum trying to find the answer but can't seem to come up with it, especially in easy terms. I somehow managed to set up a wireless router at my house, connected to a home computer and cable. I then got it set up on my laptop through broadcom, which works great. My problem is I can't connect to anyother network when I'm away from home, example university network. What can I do to fix the problem? Any info. would be great!:confused:
     
  2. sufrano63

    sufrano63 Network Guru Member

    Try enabling the Wireless Zero Configuration services and you should be able to view all wireless network within vicinity. In XP

    Start/Control Panel/Administrative Tools/ServicesWireless Zero Configuration
     
  3. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    This is correct, but you also need to find out if the network at the university is encrypted (password) protected or not. Within the wireless network settings (view wireless networks) tab of the windows configuration utility, it will show you if the network is "unsecured" (no password) or "secured" (password) protected.
     
  4. jgutz20

    jgutz20 Network Guru Member

    another possibility being you managed to set a static IP address for the adapter that is not valid at the university.
     
  5. reider

    reider LI Guru Member

    It may be looking on the wrong subnet too. If the router at home for example was 192.168.0.1 and the laptop 192.168.0.4 but somewhere else connecting to a gateway on 192.168.1.1 or 192.168.2.1 then never the twain shall meet. The third subset has to match the network you`re connecting to.

    Go into network properties, wireless tab, and change the third subset in there temporarily if this is the case. Alternatively, go into the router settings and change the subset to the same as elswhere, then ditto each machine. Then you can take it to any of the two without any messing about.

    Another setting to doublecheck on wireless is the channel number, if a router is on channel 11 and you`re on channel 6 then you need to change it to suit. Wondered why my new doorbell kept going off without anyone pressing it, they were pressing next doors....

    Reider
     
  6. smilincowgurl

    smilincowgurl LI Guru Member

    If this was the case how would I go about fixing my IP address?
     
  7. sufrano63

    sufrano63 Network Guru Member

    Set it to DHCP

    Start/Control Panel/Network Connections
    Right-click on Local Area Connection/Properties
    Highlight Internet Protocol and click on Properties
    Choose Obtain an IP address automatically

    Good Luck
     

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