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Jack \(MVP-Networking\).
05-16-08, 06:36 PM
Start with the Router Security off.
Once you are able to have a functional connection configure the security.
From the weakest to the strongest, Wireless security capacity is.
No Security
MAC______(Band Aid if nothing else is available).
WEP64____(Easy, to "Brake" by knowledgeable people).
WEP128___(A little Harder, but "Hackable" too).
WPA-PSK__(Very Hard to Brake ).
WPA-AES__(Not functionally Breakable)
WPA2____ (Not functionally Breakable).
Note 1: WPA-AES the the current entry level rendition of WPA2.
Note 2: If you use WinXP and did not updated it you would have to download
the WPA2 patch from Microsoft. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/893357
The documentation of your Wireless devices (Wireless Router, and Wireless
Computer's Card) should state the type of security that is available with
your Wireless hardware.
All devices MUST be set to the same security level using the same pass
Therefore the security must be set according what ever is the best possible
of one of the Wireless devices.
I.e. even if most of your system might be capable to be configured to the
max. with WPA2, but one device is only capable to be configured to max . of
WEP, to whole system must be configured to WEP.
If you need more good security and one device (like a Wireless card that can
do WEP only) is holding better security for the whole Network, replace the
device with a better one.
Setting Wireless Security - http://www.ezlan.net/Wireless_Security.html
Jack (MVP-Networking).

"mamafitz" <mamafitz@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> My apologies if this is in the wrong section.
> We bought a new computer (Gateway), router, and wireless card (both
> D-Link)
> for the old computer. I set up the new computer with the router, and
> after a
> few tries and some phone time with D-Link, it's working.
> We set up the old computer (an HP, it has XP, I believe with service pack
> 2,
> but I don't know how to check that), and I installed the wireless card.
> Went
> through all the instructions, and everything seemed to be fine. I can see
> the network on the old computer, but I cannot get online. I try and
> connect,
> I'll be prompted for the password, it'll start connecting, but never
> complete. I called D-Link, and they tried to help me, but were unable.
> The
> person said I need to get a patch for this computer that will allow me to
> access a wireless network using a WPA password. I cannot find where to
> get
> this patch (and can I download said patch to a disc on the new computer to
> transfer to the old computer).
> Is the patch what I need and if so, where can I get said patch. If not,
> what do I need to do? I'm pretty good at following directions, but I'm
> not
> very good with computer geek-speak, so please stay simple for my sake!