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Help!! Wireless Router

I got the new laptop today. I also got a Netgear Wireless router, Rangemax.

So I followed the intstructions it took me through in setting up the wireless router. The instructions have me connect a ethernet from the router to my computer though! WTF? When I disconnect the eternet cord, my computer then tries to connect via wireless connection, says it connects, but then it fails. I see that the IP address on it says 00.000.000 though.....I wanna get connected wireless!!!! Please help!! I'm so frustrated right now, and I should be packing for Laguna Seca!!

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I got the new laptop today. I also got a Netgear Wireless router, Rangemax.

So I followed the intstructions it took me through in setting up the wireless router. The instructions have me connect a ethernet from the router to my computer though! WTF? When I disconnect the eternet cord, my computer then tries to connect via wireless connection, says it connects, but then it fails. I see that the IP address on it says 00.000.000 though.....I wanna get connected wireless!!!! Please help!! I'm so frustrated right now, and I should be packing for Laguna Seca!!
It will be too long to explain plus even if you're experienced with it, sometimes it takes quite a lot of fiddling. Since you should be packing, forget about it for now and ask someone to come over and help later. Or check the installation CD / manual if you have them (later as well).
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I got the new laptop today. I also got a Netgear Wireless router, Rangemax.

So I followed the intstructions it took me through in setting up the wireless router. The instructions have me connect a ethernet from the router to my computer though! WTF? When I disconnect the eternet cord, my computer then tries to connect via wireless connection, says it connects, but then it fails. I see that the IP address on it says 00.000.000 though.....I wanna get connected wireless!!!! Please help!! I'm so frustrated right now, and I should be packing for Laguna Seca!!
They have you connect via the Ethernet cable first so that you can config it. You have to make sure DHCP is turned on in the router config. Your wireless NIC in your laptop should be set to use DHCP as well.

Then go to a command prompt (start, run, cmd enter) and type ipconfig /all and hit Enter. That should show you a IP address for your PC, a subnet mask and a default gateway and DNS servers, etc.

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If you're still going to try it

1) Check that the wireless is enabled in the router settings
2) Check that the laptop's wireless connection is enabled as well. Especially if it's a Dell laptop - some, if not all of them have wireless connect/disconnect keyboard shortcut that may drive you crazy.
3) Click on the list of networks, you should see you router - try connecting to it.
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If you've enabled security features on the router (WEP ,WPA, etc) you have to have the appropriate corresponding security enabled on the computer as well, or it will not connect.

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One more thing to try - if it's a Windows XP (not sure about other versions) - click on the Wireless Connection icon (in the tray), go into Support tab and click Repair button. Quite often it helps.
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One more thing to try - if it's a Windows XP (not sure about other versions) - click on the Wireless Connection icon (in the tray), go into Support tab and click Repair button. Quite often it helps.
Yeah I did that, and it couldn't repair the connection! I set up the SSID and I made a password. I went in and put in the IP address and set it up for wireless connection. When I go to the wireless network wizard it wants me to use a usb flash drive! I don't have one of those and it won't let me do it manually. This is retarded.

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Yeah I did that, and it couldn't repair the connection! I set up the SSID and I made a password. I went in and put in the IP address and set it up for wireless connection. When I go to the wireless network wizard it wants me to use a usb flash drive! I don't have one of those and it won't let me do it manually. This is retarded.
Did you check that you're using the same channel? Also, like Arch said - did you set up any security?
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Don't set anything. If the router has a reset button then reset it to its default settings. After that right-click and repair your wireless connection. Only after it works ok shud u try to set up SSID security etc.

BTW what brand router is it? Does it come with an installation CD?
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