Buying a wireless express card for Windows Vista laptop

I have a question invovling Windows Vista laptop and a 2wire (b/g) DSL & wireless router. I have AT&T DSL. I have tried getting the firmware updates, but there isn't any...

If I buy a USB or Express card with b/g wireless that is compatible with Windows Vista, would it be able to connect to my 2wire router which is only works for Windows XP or do I have to buy a brand new B/G router that is compatible for Windows Vista?
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  1. A wireless router is not Vista or XP compatible, it's TCP/IP and 802.11b/g compatible. Doesn't your laptop have a built-in wireless network adapter? The 2wire's have WEP enabled by default. Try disabling and connecting.

    Grumpy
  2. My laptop has a built in b/g and so does my 2wire dsl router b/g. I get errors like "Wireless association failed because Windows did not receive any response from the wireless router or access point."
  3. Connect to the 2wire using a wired connection and make sure the wireless is enabled and there's no password. Try connecting again. Maybe the 2wire went bad.

    Grumpy
  4. That doesn't work either, I guess I have to go buy a new router for my Vista Laptop
  5. You don't seem to know much about networking. Maybe you should call AT&T for support. Does a wired connection work? Do you get an IP address from the 2wire. "That doesn't work either" isn't very helpful.

    Grumpy
  6. The wired connection works, but the wireless connection doesn't work with the 2wire, I think the 2wire has an IP address, well I know for sure it has a MAC address.
  7. If you type "ipconfig/all" from a command prompt when you're connected through a wired connection, the Gateway IP address is the 2wire's IP address. Did you try disabling WEP on the 2wire? Can you connect to it? If so, post the output from "ipconfig/all".

    Grumpy
  8. This is what it says:

    Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0.6001]
    Copyright (c) 2006 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    C:\Users\Sammy>ipconfig/all

    Windows IP Configuration

    Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Sammy
    Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
    Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcast
    IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
    WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
    DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : gateway.2wire.net

    Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : evc.edu
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcom 802.11b/g WLAN
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-21-00-01-B8-D8
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

    Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : gateway.2wire.net
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Realtek RTL8101E Family PCI-E Fast Ethern
    et NIC (NDIS 6.0)
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-1E-68-2C-E4-75
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
    Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::489a:a635:7dc6:2cd8%10(Preferred)
    IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.65(Preferred)
    Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
    Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Monday, May 05, 2008 4:30:44 PM
    Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Tuesday, May 06, 2008 4:30:43 PM
    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.254
    DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.254
    DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.254
    NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled

    Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 7:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : gateway.2wire.net
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : isatap.gateway.2wire.net
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

    Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 14:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : 6TO4 Adapter
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

    Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 6:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : isatap.{F982F06B-A6AE-4C92-9847-4379F6B6F
    329}
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

    Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 11:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : isatap.{F982F06B-A6AE-4C92-9847-4379F6B6F
    329}
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

    Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 19:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 02-00-54-55-4E-01
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

    Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 18:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : isatap.evc.edu
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

    C:\Users\Sammy>
  9. OK, the IP address of the 2wire is 192.168.1.254. Using the wired connection, open a browser and type http://192.168.1.254 into the address bar. Find the page for Wireless Security and disable WEP. Now try connecting using wireless.

    Grumpy
  10. Do I just click the enable to disable the WEP? I can provide a screenshot when I get home.
  11. Yes, just uncheck the Enable box.

    Grumpy
  12. I did that and it still give me that error: Wireless association failed because Windows did not receive any response from the wireless router or access point."
  13. Are you sure your wireless adapter is set for DHCP? What is the DNS Suffix . : evc.edu? Did you try deleting the profile for the wireless network and recreating it?

    Grumpy
  14. What do you mean by wireless adapter? I am just only using the built in wireless B/G inside my Hp Pavillion Windows Vista laptop. (I haven't bought any external USB or express card wireless thingy yet) I already tried deleting the evc and I still get the same error.
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