Help. Laptop cannot connect to wireless router

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My setup:
Desktop running XP Pro (not SP2)
Laptop running XP Pro (not SP2)

Netgear 814 - 802.11b wireless router. No WEP, no access conrol,
nothing enabled.

Desktop connects to router Ethernet port, no problem in connecting to
internet

Laptop connects to router using TwinMOS 802.11b card. Installed the
correct driver.

When laptop is powered on, it shows me a list of available wireless
networks (no other network shows up). I choose my network, check the
box that says "connect even if the connection is not secure, no WEP
etc.," and click on Connect, nothing happens I see a message at
laptop's status bar saying "no network available" but at the same time
my desktop (or router) loses internet connection. I have to power
off/on the router to restore internet access. This is driving me nuts.
What am I doing wrong?

I have been trying to get this working for nearly a week. Yesterday I
had my laptop running, for some reason I powered off/on my cablem modem
and the router. When the router came on, my laptop picked up the signal
and connected to the wireless network and both computers could access
internet. Then I rebooted my laptop and I was back to square one where
the laptop was unable to connect to the wireless network. Any ideas?
Should I get same brand router and card?

Thanks
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  1. Archived from groups: alt.internet.wireless (More info?)

    > Any ideas?
    > Should I get same brand router and card?
    >

    No, you don't need the same manufacture. However, I do like the get such
    equipment from the same manufacture so there can be no finger pointing
    happening.

    You should get on the phone with tech support for both manufactures to see
    if you can be assisted with your wireless issues.

    Duane :)
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    Are you saying everything works until you try to connect the laptop to the
    router and it then crashes? If so, I would verify you don't have a virus on
    the laptop.

    sean
  3. Archived from groups: alt.internet.wireless (More info?)

    OK. I'll run virus scan. This is a brand new laptop, haven't installed
    any antivirus yet. Never thought there could be virus in a brand new
    laptop. Thanks.

    Sean wrote:
    > Are you saying everything works until you try to connect the laptop
    to the
    > router and it then crashes? If so, I would verify you don't have a
    virus on
    > the laptop.
    >
    > sean
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