Hello, thank you in advance for any help. I'm currently using my desktop with a cable connection to my router. I would like to move my desktop into a different room and use wireless instead, but I cannot seem to get it working. My router is a Wireless G Linksys, i'm using Vista, and other things u might need to know (since I have no idea how this stuff works) is Broadcom 802.11g Network Adapter, Realtek PCIe Family Adapter, and a Microsoft Tun Miniport Adapter which it says it wont start but it wont let me check for solutions. I've been trying to connect to my network with my password but it just asks for a pin number and then says it can't write network settings to the device. Does anyone know where to start with this problem? I had my wireless replaced when I first got my desktop cuz they gave me a fail piece of hardware so I shouldn't be having problems, I wouldnt think anyways
See the literature which came with your router for how to access its user setup screens. You'll need to note the default IP address of the router (usually in the range 192.168.0.1 though it varies by brand). Connect the computer to the router with an ethernet cable. Open Internet Explorer and enter the router's IP address into browser's address bar as though it was a website.*
You should then reach the login page to the router's settings screens: the User name will probably be "admin" (without the quote marks) but the password can vary acording to the brand of router **.
Once in to the router's setup screens go to wireless security and review or renew the wireless security type and password. WPA PSK TKIP is the most common security type in use. Make a note of the SSID or change it to one of your invention.
Go to wireless mode and ensure that it's set to n or g -- to match your computer's wireless adapter type (mixed mode is a safe bet).
Check for a setting often called Access List that includes or excludes users by identifying the MAC ID unique to their wireless adapter. Disable that.
Disconnect ethernet cable.
Go to the computer's wireless networking setup screen and see if you can detect the router's SSID (wireless call sign). Select that network.
Apply the wireless security type and password to the computer's wireless networking setup screen.
* If there is no response from the router the default address may have been changed. So go Start then Run in XP - (Windows key plus R in Vista and Windows 7), then type in the following, including all the spaces:- cmd /k ipconfig /all -- then press Enter and from the black form that shows up, take a note of the numeric code beside the word "gateway" -- usually something like 192.168.0.1. Type exit to close the black form.
** The default password into the setup screens can be changed by the user. If this is blocking your access to the router setup screens, you may need to access the router's reset button (usually behind a pinhole next to the ethernet sockets). Resetting will also restore the default IP address.