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Why my wireless device would not appear

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  • Connectivity
  • Wireless Router
  • Wireless
  • Connection
  • WiFi
  • Devices
  • Wireless Networking
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January 12, 2012 8:12:43 AM

Hello,
Im trying to connect to my wireless router but when I hit the "connect to" I see other wifi network and cant find my own wifi router in the list. I tried to check the network location but it seems to bring me no where too.

please help. thanks

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January 12, 2012 9:38:31 AM


Hello and welcome to Tom's Hardware Forums.

Maybe your wireless router isn't broadcasting. Follow these steps to cable to it and check the Wireless settings to find out what the SSID or network name is and that it is actually enabled. Also if you can, find the Channel number it's broadcasting on and make a note of the Security Key.

Connect your router to the computer with the cable that came with the router then 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 Default Gateway icon - something like 192.168.0.1.

Type exit to close the black form.

Open Internet Explorer and enter that code into the URL address bar as though it was a website. You're then at the login page to the router's settings utility and admin will usually be the login with either admin or password as the password.

If you're in, seek out Wireless and then Security and take a note of the key. Sometimes it may be a passphrase, some a simple set of letters and others a hexadecimal code. You also may as well note which level of security it is - WEP, WPA or WPA/PSK 2 and then either AES or TKIP. Your computer will already know this but it's handy information to store. Note also that hexadecimal only contains numbers from zero to 9 and letters a to f so there's no confusion of I and O with 1 and 0.

It's best to keep a note of that security key in your Documents folder and also outside the computer.


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