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jurgens@bellsouth.net
04-03-08, 10:01 AM
I have an R40 with XP Pro w/SP2. I use it at several wireless
locations and everything works OK. However, when I try to use it at
my son's house I cannot connect to his password-protected network. I
can find no place to enter the password!

The R40 is using the ThinkVantage Access Connection software.
Obviously, I am doing something wrong but I can't figure out WHAT!

I have checked the "use Windows to connect to wireless network" (?)
box but that didn't help.

Should I disable ThinkVantage? If so, how do I do it?

TIA

Chuck

Jack \(MVP-Networking\).
04-03-08, 10:09 AM
Hi
Could be that checking the box is not working right.
Make sure that Windows Wireless Zero Configuration (WZC) is actually
running, and that the vendor's Wireless Utility stopped.
http://www.ezlan.net/wzc.html
http://www.ezlan.net/wireless.html
Jack (MVP-Networking).

<jurgens@bellsouth.net> wrote in message
news:40bf992b-62ff-4058-b74d-b63b7882a7fb@b64g2000hsa.googlegroups.com...
>I have an R40 with XP Pro w/SP2. I use it at several wireless
> locations and everything works OK. However, when I try to use it at
> my son's house I cannot connect to his password-protected network. I
> can find no place to enter the password!
>
> The R40 is using the ThinkVantage Access Connection software.
> Obviously, I am doing something wrong but I can't figure out WHAT!
>
> I have checked the "use Windows to connect to wireless network" (?)
> box but that didn't help.
>
> Should I disable ThinkVantage? If so, how do I do it?
>
> TIA
>
> Chuck

Malke
04-03-08, 10:15 AM
jurgens@bellsouth.net wrote:

> I have an R40 with XP Pro w/SP2. I use it at several wireless
> locations and everything works OK. However, when I try to use it at
> my son's house I cannot connect to his password-protected network. I
> can find no place to enter the password!
>
> The R40 is using the ThinkVantage Access Connection software.
> Obviously, I am doing something wrong but I can't figure out WHAT!
>
> I have checked the "use Windows to connect to wireless network" (?)
> box but that didn't help.
>
> Should I disable ThinkVantage? If so, how do I do it?

In addition to what Jack said, perhaps your son's wireless network is using
a higher level of encryption (WPA2-PSK for example) than your wireless
adapter (hardware) can handle. How old is your R40?

Malke
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MS-MVP
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Mark
04-04-08, 09:52 PM
If it shows in Control Panel > Network Connections: right-click on it
> Properties >
Wireless Networks > Select it in Preferred Networks > Properties >
Association and
enter the authentication, encryption, key

<jurgens@bellsouth.net> wrote in message
news:40bf992b-62ff-4058-b74d-b63b7882a7fb@b64g2000hsa.googlegroups.com...
>I have an R40 with XP Pro w/SP2. I use it at several wireless
> locations and everything works OK. However, when I try to use it at
> my son's house I cannot connect to his password-protected network.
> I
> can find no place to enter the password!
>
> The R40 is using the ThinkVantage Access Connection software.
> Obviously, I am doing something wrong but I can't figure out WHAT!
>
> I have checked the "use Windows to connect to wireless network" (?)
> box but that didn't help.
>
> Should I disable ThinkVantage? If so, how do I do it?
>
> TIA
>
> Chuck

P.Schuman
04-05-08, 10:37 AM
jurgens@bellsouth.net wrote:
> I have an R40 with XP Pro w/SP2. I use it at several wireless
> locations and everything works OK. However, when I try to use it at
> my son's house I cannot connect to his password-protected network. I
> can find no place to enter the password!
>
> The R40 is using the ThinkVantage Access Connection software.
> Obviously, I am doing something wrong but I can't figure out WHAT!
>
> I have checked the "use Windows to connect to wireless network" (?)
> box but that didn't help.
>
in looking at the wireless connections,
you need to find the place - in XP or via your custom Access manager
to define the SSID and the connection security type - WEP, WPA, etc
That is where you enter the "key" to access your son's network.
It's a connection "key" vs entering a password like you were logging onto
something.