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I've been wanting to get my stuff networked for a while, so when I saw a wireless router at BB for $19.99 after MIR today, I figured "what the hell", and bought it. The model on it is DLink DI-524. Unfortunarely, my mental image of how quick and easy everything would be to set up has been shattered by my own incompetence.

 

I have an Xbox and a laptop with a wireless card that I'm trying to get set up on the network. For now, I want to connect the Xbox to the router via a cable to avoid buying a wireless adapter for it. The laptop will be on the other side of the room and I want to use the wireless connection for it. However, all I've been able to get running so far is a connection between the laptop and the router via an ethernet cable. Any time I try to get it running wireless, I get the "limited or no connectivity" message regarding my wireless connection.

 

Any idea what I'm doing wrong here?

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i don't imagine mac filtering or any sort of wireless filtering would be enabled by default.

 

you haven't changed any of the security settings on the router from default?

 

when you click on the wireless adapter on your laptop and then search for available networks you're connecting to your router and not a nearby network?

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EDIT: My initial suggestions had nothing to do with your problem.

 

I remember that limited or no connectivity message on one of my laptops, and I seem to remember that the problem was at the laptop, not the router.

 

Did you install your wireless card's drivers and software according to the manufacturer's instructions?

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If it's XP Bling, have you right clicked on the wireless card and selected "View available wireless networks" to see if it lists your network name for you to connect to? It may be that the wireless card needs to manually told to connect initially which is why you're getting the error. You may need to check an option that tells it to connect regardless of whether the connection is encrypted or not.

 

EDIT: Reel asked this also and I hadn't noticed.

 

Another possibility is the driver/software package issue Robot Monkey mentioned above. You may want to uninstall the drivers and install them from the CD along with any software associated for managing the card itself.

 

Finally I have run into times that the limited or no connectivity error message has to do with a corrupted TCP/IP stack on the computer. You may need to run a winsock fix on the computer to fix the problem. (if you don't know how to run the winsock fix, including removing the communication registry keys, PM me and I'll get you some instructions).

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I'm pretty sure it's user error here and not a problem with the computer itself. It's only a few months old and came with everything already installed on it. The router is definately user-unfriendly though. It came with no software at all and the only way to mess with it is to use a web browser to access a configuration utility stored inside the router itself.

you haven't changed any of the security settings on the router from default?

 

Nope, don't even know where to find them.

 

when you click on the wireless adapter on your laptop and then search for available networks you're connecting to your router and not a nearby network?

 

I actually find NOTHING at all when I look for available networks. I've tried to create a wireless network in Windows XP and it didn't seem to do anything. I think my problem might be that I don't know how to tell my wireless card to connect to the router.

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I'm using the same router, so hopefully this is of some help. Did you run the configuration wizard? That should set everything up for you. Also, when you click on the wireless tab to the left, does it display wireless radio as enabled, and SSID broadcast should be enabled. You should probably disable any security while troubleshooting too, if you were using WEP.

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I finally got it fixed!

 

It turns out that encryption was the problem this entire time. I had it turned off on the router since I knew anything like encryption/firewalls/etc. could screw it up. However, the switch to turn WEP off for the wireless network is in a very unintuitive place. I would have thought it would given me the option to do this when I made the network, but it was actually buried under a bunch of menus.

 

Now to get the Xbox running....

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  • 2 weeks later...

After the first round, everything else was pretty much plug and play. I've got the Xbox, Laptop, desktop PC, and PSP networked. However, I've noticed that online games can get laggy on the laptop now, whereas they were pretty smooth before.

 

I've got a good internet connection, the signal between the router and laptop is fine, and I don't use anything else connected to the network while I'm gaming. Any ideas on some things that might fix the lag?

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