One wireless laptop recognizes Linksys but doesn't connect.

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by Rick1, Aug 28, 2005.

  1. Rick1

    Rick1 Guest

    I'm new to this, but need some help.

    I have two laptops (Dell Inspiron & VPR Matrix) with factory installed wireless cards. Dell is newer with upgraded card combo wireless & bluetooth card and has no problem recognizing & connecting to Linksys wireless network.

    VPR Matrix recognizes the network with strong bars, but doesn't connect.

    I use the WRT54G V 3.0 router.

    Any suggestions. Thanks.
  2. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    Which Wireless minicard does the VPR Matrix have installed? If it is an Intel Proset 2200B/G update the drivers with the generic drivers from the Intel Website. Otherwise check your encryption seting, if you are using Wep, make certain the keys are the same, and that you are using hexadecimal keys on your VPR Matrix , since Linksys only supports hexidecimal keys, make certain that the key length are the same. If you are using WEP and you have the WPA2 hotifx installed from Microsoft, remove the hotfix, since it can cause problems with WEP, conversely if you are using WPA, have the hotfix installed. If you are using WPA2 on your router, make certain your wireless NIC in the VPR Matrix supports WPA2 and you enabled SS-ID broadcast. If you are using MAC address filtering make certain the the MAC address of the wireless NIC in your VPR Matrix is included in the list of PC permitted toa access the router wirelessly. Do not use paraphase key generators on your VPR Matrix , since it will not produce that same key as the one on the router.
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