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Getting win98 to connect to Linksys

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Last response: in Wireless Networking
January 25, 2012 3:55:26 AM

I need to get an old win98 laptop onto my wifi. I have a USB wireless adapter and it appears to be working. I can use the Microsoft Broadband Network Utility and see my network on the list. I enter my router key and hit go and it just doesn't do anything (keeps saying network and internet unavailable). I think I have my network settings setup how they should be (TCP/IP, etc.). Does anyone have some pointers on what I might look for?

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January 25, 2012 6:54:57 PM

What type of wireless adapter is it?

If the adapter is old and only supports WEP, then it will not connect to a newer router that by default only supports WPA. You will either need to enable WEB on your router, which opens up security holes, get a new adapter that supports WPA, or just use an Ethernet cable.
January 25, 2012 8:02:24 PM

It's an old Microsoft broadband networking device. Don't remember the part number (Mx-510 maybe?). It's old, so you may be on to something.

I really just need to be able to transfer files from my other machine. If this gets too hard I guess I could try to find thumb drive drivers instead...
January 25, 2012 8:23:52 PM

For a brief time it will be OK to enable WEP in your router, but make sure you disable it as soon as you are done!
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