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  1. #1
    Edward Diener
    Guest

    Unable to connect to wireless network from laptop on Windows XP

    I am trying to connect my laptop via a wireless connection to my D-Link
    DIR-655 router.
    The laptop is a Toshiba Satellite Pro L300D which as an Integrated
    Atheros 802.11b/g wireless LAN.
    I am running Windows XP on my laptop.

    Under Windows XP on my laptop it finds my wireless network by its name
    of 'MyWirelessNet' and I click on the entry and then on the Connect
    button. It prompts me for my network key and I type in 'Y2YT5689OPEE'. I
    then type this in again in the Confirm area also. It then attempts to
    connect, taking a very long time to do so with a message box and a
    message "Please wait while Windows connects to the 'MyWirelessNet'
    network" and another message below it which says "Waiting for the
    network...". Finally the Wireless Network Connection message box closes
    but the connection has not been made. No error message shows anything.

    Ideas, thoughts, solutions, experiences, or things I might try to get my
    laptop to connect wirelessly to the DIR-655 are most welcome.

    If I run a wired network cable from my laptop to the DIR-655 everything
    is successful. But naturally I want to connect wirelessly so I can move
    my laptop around. Isn't that what laptops are all about ?

    I am also successful connecting my laptop wirelessly to other wireless
    networks. But not to my DIR-655 router.

  2. #2
    Jack [MVP-Networking]
    Guest

    Re: Unable to connect to wireless network from laptop on Windows XP

    Hi
    It is probably authentication (PW) problem.
    Log to the Wireless Router with a cable, and disable the security. Make sure
    that you can connect to it when it is open.
    When it works OK, switch On the security enter a new pass phrase copy the
    pass phrase to the Copy buffer and then paste to the computer's password
    box.
    Make sure that the level of the security that you use is compatible with Win
    XP.
    In General.
    From the weakest to the strongest, Wireless security capacity is.
    No Security
    Switching Off SSID (same has No Security. SSID can be easily sniffed even if
    it is Off)
    MAC Filtering______(Band Aid if nothing else is available, MAC number can be
    easily Spoofed).
    WEP64____(Easy, to "Break" by knowledgeable people).
    WEP128___(A little Harder, but "Hackable" too).
    -------------------
    The three above are Not considered safe.
    Safe Starts here at WPA.
    -------------------
    WPA-PSK__(Very Hard to Break).
    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 bellow SP3 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
    phrase.
    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
    The Core differences between WEP, WPA, and WPA2 -
    http://www.ezlan.net/wpa_wep.html
    Jack (MVP-Networking).


    "Edward Diener" <eddielee_no_spam_here@tropicsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:eG6GPH6fKHA.1652@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >I am trying to connect my laptop via a wireless connection to my D-Link
    >DIR-655 router.
    > The laptop is a Toshiba Satellite Pro L300D which as an Integrated Atheros
    > 802.11b/g wireless LAN.
    > I am running Windows XP on my laptop.
    >
    > Under Windows XP on my laptop it finds my wireless network by its name of
    > 'MyWirelessNet' and I click on the entry and then on the Connect button.
    > It prompts me for my network key and I type in 'Y2YT5689OPEE'. I then type
    > this in again in the Confirm area also. It then attempts to connect,
    > taking a very long time to do so with a message box and a message "Please
    > wait while Windows connects to the 'MyWirelessNet' network" and another
    > message below it which says "Waiting for the network...". Finally the
    > Wireless Network Connection message box closes but the connection has not
    > been made. No error message shows anything.
    >
    > Ideas, thoughts, solutions, experiences, or things I might try to get my
    > laptop to connect wirelessly to the DIR-655 are most welcome.
    >
    > If I run a wired network cable from my laptop to the DIR-655 everything is
    > successful. But naturally I want to connect wirelessly so I can move my
    > laptop around. Isn't that what laptops are all about ?
    >
    > I am also successful connecting my laptop wirelessly to other wireless
    > networks. But not to my DIR-655 router.



  3. #3
    Edward Diener
    Guest

    Re: Unable to connect to wireless network from laptop on WindowsXP

    Jack [MVP-Networking] wrote:
    > Hi
    > It is probably authentication (PW) problem.
    > Log to the Wireless Router with a cable, and disable the security. Make
    > sure that you can connect to it when it is open.


    This was the first thing I tried and I still could not connect to the
    router wirelessly. What gets me is that Winodws XP gives absolutely no
    indication of why the connection failed. I'm a programmer and I think it
    is very poor giving no end-user feedback in that situation.

    > When it works OK, switch On the security enter a new pass phrase copy
    > the pass phrase to the Copy buffer and then paste to the computer's
    > password box.
    > Make sure that the level of the security that you use is compatible with
    > Win XP.


    I do not know how it can be determined what level of security is
    compatible with Windows XP. How can I determine that ? I keep up to date
    with the latest updates through Windows Update so I should always be up
    to date on my laptop.

    > In General.
    > From the weakest to the strongest, Wireless security capacity is.
    > No Security
    > Switching Off SSID (same has No Security. SSID can be easily sniffed
    > even if it is Off)
    > MAC Filtering______(Band Aid if nothing else is available, MAC number
    > can be easily Spoofed).
    > WEP64____(Easy, to "Break" by knowledgeable people).
    > WEP128___(A little Harder, but "Hackable" too).
    > -------------------
    > The three above are Not considered safe.
    > Safe Starts here at WPA.
    > -------------------
    > WPA-PSK__(Very Hard to Break).
    > 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 bellow SP3 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.


    On the router I am using WPA-Personal, with a WPA mode set to Auto (WPA
    or WPA2) and Cipher type of TKIP and AES.

    > All devices MUST be set to the same security level using the same pass
    > phrase.
    > Therefore the security must be set according what ever is the best
    > possible of one of the Wireless devices.


    Right now the only wireless device is the laptop, although I bought
    wireless USB for both my desktops which are currently wired to the
    router. Since my laptop has connected to other routers wirelessly, I
    wanted to solve my laptops connection to the router before I start
    playing around with connecting either of my desktops to the router
    wirelessly.

    > 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.


    I understand this principle. I am not sure how to determine what the
    laptop supports other than specifying what I did in my OP which is that
    the laptop supports 802.11b and 802.11g.

    > 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.


    Of course.

    > Setting Wireless Security - http://www.ezlan.net/Wireless_Security.html
    > The Core differences between WEP, WPA, and WPA2 -
    > http://www.ezlan.net/wpa_wep.html
    > Jack (MVP-Networking).


    Thanks for the info and links. Since I tried connecting with all
    security turned off and could not do so, I don't think it can be a
    security problem. I wish I knew what it was, though, as my router has
    many settings I can try manipulating but I don't know what the magic
    combo is to get it working. Of course I can eventually try talking to
    the D-Link support people but that is always a major trial nowadays.

    >
    >
    > "Edward Diener" <eddielee_no_spam_here@tropicsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:eG6GPH6fKHA.1652@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >> I am trying to connect my laptop via a wireless connection to my
    >> D-Link DIR-655 router.
    >> The laptop is a Toshiba Satellite Pro L300D which as an Integrated
    >> Atheros 802.11b/g wireless LAN.
    >> I am running Windows XP on my laptop.
    >>
    >> Under Windows XP on my laptop it finds my wireless network by its name
    >> of 'MyWirelessNet' and I click on the entry and then on the Connect
    >> button. It prompts me for my network key and I type in 'Y2YT5689OPEE'.
    >> I then type this in again in the Confirm area also. It then attempts
    >> to connect, taking a very long time to do so with a message box and a
    >> message "Please wait while Windows connects to the 'MyWirelessNet'
    >> network" and another message below it which says "Waiting for the
    >> network...". Finally the Wireless Network Connection message box
    >> closes but the connection has not been made. No error message shows
    >> anything.
    >>
    >> Ideas, thoughts, solutions, experiences, or things I might try to get
    >> my laptop to connect wirelessly to the DIR-655 are most welcome.
    >>
    >> If I run a wired network cable from my laptop to the DIR-655
    >> everything is successful. But naturally I want to connect wirelessly
    >> so I can move my laptop around. Isn't that what laptops are all about ?
    >>
    >> I am also successful connecting my laptop wirelessly to other wireless
    >> networks. But not to my DIR-655 router.

    >


  4. #4
    Guest

    Re: Unable to connect to wireless network from laptop on Windows XP

    Try this, Log on to your Router and set up the built-in Wireless
    function. So with your laptop wired to the router try the following. Using
    your web browser, input 192.168.1.1 as the routers address. Then use admin
    as User Name and for Password, try password1. Hopefully this will give you
    access
    to your Router's software and the set-up for the wireless functions.
    Otherwise
    contact your Internet Service provider for instructions accessing your
    Router setup .


    "Edward Diener" <eddielee_no_spam_here@tropicsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:eG6GPH6fKHA.1652@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > I am trying to connect my laptop via a wireless connection to my D-Link
    > DIR-655 router.
    > The laptop is a Toshiba Satellite Pro L300D which as an Integrated Atheros
    > 802.11b/g wireless LAN.
    > I am running Windows XP on my laptop.
    >
    > Under Windows XP on my laptop it finds my wireless network by its name of
    > 'MyWirelessNet' and I click on the entry and then on the Connect button.
    > It prompts me for my network key and I type in 'Y2YT5689OPEE'. I then type
    > this in again in the Confirm area also. It then attempts to connect,
    > taking a very long time to do so with a message box and a message "Please
    > wait while Windows connects to the 'MyWirelessNet' network" and another
    > message below it which says "Waiting for the network...". Finally the
    > Wireless Network Connection message box closes but the connection has not
    > been made. No error message shows anything.
    >
    > Ideas, thoughts, solutions, experiences, or things I might try to get my
    > laptop to connect wirelessly to the DIR-655 are most welcome.
    >
    > If I run a wired network cable from my laptop to the DIR-655 everything is
    > successful. But naturally I want to connect wirelessly so I can move my
    > laptop around. Isn't that what laptops are all about ?
    >
    > I am also successful connecting my laptop wirelessly to other wireless
    > networks. But not to my DIR-655 router.



  5. #5
    Edward Diener
    Guest

    Re: Unable to connect to wireless network from laptop on WindowsXP

    nospamykcid2@verizon.net wrote:
    > Try this, Log on to your Router and set up the built-in Wireless
    > function. So with your laptop wired to the router try the following. Using
    > your web browser, input 192.168.1.1 as the routers address. Then use admin
    > as User Name and for Password, try password1. Hopefully this will give
    > you access
    > to your Router's software and the set-up for the wireless functions.
    > Otherwise
    > contact your Internet Service provider for instructions accessing your
    > Router setup .


    I can get into my router's configuration simply by using a wired
    connection from my laptop or from either of my two desktops so that is
    no problem. My router's wireless functionality is fully setup and I have
    tried to connect to it wirelessly from my laptop where there is no
    security and where the security is WPA-personal and both times have failed.

    My problem is not getting into my router's configuration and setting it
    up for a wireless connection.

    Thanks for your help, nonetheless.

  6. #6
    Frankster
    Guest

    Re: Unable to connect to wireless network from laptop on Windows XP

    >> Log to the Wireless Router with a cable, and disable the security. Make
    >> sure that you can connect to it when it is open.

    >
    > This was the first thing I tried and I still could not connect to the
    > router wirelessly. What gets me is that Winodws XP gives absolutely no
    > indication of why the connection failed.


    In that case... go into your XP wireless config and DELETE your router (of
    previous failed attempts). Then, retry. It should work. Your previous
    failed attempts are causing the saved profile to pass the wrong passcode and
    therefore you cannot connect. Deleting the saved profile and starting over
    should fix it.

    As far as Windows not providing the proper feedback of a failed passcode,
    you are right. It doesn't.

    -Frank


  7. #7
    Lem
    Guest

    Re: Unable to connect to wireless network from laptop on WindowsXP

    Edward Diener wrote:
    > Jack [MVP-Networking] wrote:
    >> Hi
    >> It is probably authentication (PW) problem.
    >> Log to the Wireless Router with a cable, and disable the security.
    >> Make sure that you can connect to it when it is open.

    >
    > This was the first thing I tried and I still could not connect to the
    > router wirelessly. What gets me is that Winodws XP gives absolutely no
    > indication of why the connection failed. I'm a programmer and I think it
    > is very poor giving no end-user feedback in that situation.
    >
    >> When it works OK, switch On the security enter a new pass phrase copy
    >> the pass phrase to the Copy buffer and then paste to the computer's
    >> password box.
    >> Make sure that the level of the security that you use is compatible
    >> with Win XP.

    >
    > I do not know how it can be determined what level of security is
    > compatible with Windows XP. How can I determine that ? I keep up to date
    > with the latest updates through Windows Update so I should always be up
    > to date on my laptop.
    >
    >> In General.
    >> From the weakest to the strongest, Wireless security capacity is.
    >> No Security
    >> Switching Off SSID (same has No Security. SSID can be easily sniffed
    >> even if it is Off)
    >> MAC Filtering______(Band Aid if nothing else is available, MAC number
    >> can be easily Spoofed).
    >> WEP64____(Easy, to "Break" by knowledgeable people).
    >> WEP128___(A little Harder, but "Hackable" too).
    >> -------------------
    >> The three above are Not considered safe.
    >> Safe Starts here at WPA.
    >> -------------------
    >> WPA-PSK__(Very Hard to Break).
    >> 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 bellow SP3 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.

    >
    > On the router I am using WPA-Personal, with a WPA mode set to Auto (WPA
    > or WPA2) and Cipher type of TKIP and AES.
    >
    >> All devices MUST be set to the same security level using the same pass
    >> phrase.
    >> Therefore the security must be set according what ever is the best
    >> possible of one of the Wireless devices.

    >
    > Right now the only wireless device is the laptop, although I bought
    > wireless USB for both my desktops which are currently wired to the
    > router. Since my laptop has connected to other routers wirelessly, I
    > wanted to solve my laptops connection to the router before I start
    > playing around with connecting either of my desktops to the router
    > wirelessly.
    >
    >> 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.

    >
    > I understand this principle. I am not sure how to determine what the
    > laptop supports other than specifying what I did in my OP which is that
    > the laptop supports 802.11b and 802.11g.
    >
    >> 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.

    >
    > Of course.
    >
    >> Setting Wireless Security - http://www.ezlan.net/Wireless_Security.html
    >> The Core differences between WEP, WPA, and WPA2 -
    >> http://www.ezlan.net/wpa_wep.html
    >> Jack (MVP-Networking).

    >
    > Thanks for the info and links. Since I tried connecting with all
    > security turned off and could not do so, I don't think it can be a
    > security problem. I wish I knew what it was, though, as my router has
    > many settings I can try manipulating but I don't know what the magic
    > combo is to get it working. Of course I can eventually try talking to
    > the D-Link support people but that is always a major trial nowadays.
    >
    >>
    >>
    >> "Edward Diener" <eddielee_no_spam_here@tropicsoft.com> wrote in
    >> message news:eG6GPH6fKHA.1652@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >>> I am trying to connect my laptop via a wireless connection to my
    >>> D-Link DIR-655 router.
    >>> The laptop is a Toshiba Satellite Pro L300D which as an Integrated
    >>> Atheros 802.11b/g wireless LAN.
    >>> I am running Windows XP on my laptop.
    >>>
    >>> Under Windows XP on my laptop it finds my wireless network by its
    >>> name of 'MyWirelessNet' and I click on the entry and then on the
    >>> Connect button. It prompts me for my network key and I type in
    >>> 'Y2YT5689OPEE'. I then type this in again in the Confirm area also.
    >>> It then attempts to connect, taking a very long time to do so with a
    >>> message box and a message "Please wait while Windows connects to the
    >>> 'MyWirelessNet' network" and another message below it which says
    >>> "Waiting for the network...". Finally the Wireless Network Connection
    >>> message box closes but the connection has not been made. No error
    >>> message shows anything.
    >>>
    >>> Ideas, thoughts, solutions, experiences, or things I might try to get
    >>> my laptop to connect wirelessly to the DIR-655 are most welcome.
    >>>
    >>> If I run a wired network cable from my laptop to the DIR-655
    >>> everything is successful. But naturally I want to connect wirelessly
    >>> so I can move my laptop around. Isn't that what laptops are all about ?
    >>>
    >>> I am also successful connecting my laptop wirelessly to other
    >>> wireless networks. But not to my DIR-655 router.

    >>


    Responding inline is tempting, but with long posts it gets really
    difficult to follow.

    If you are certain that you have disabled wireless security in the
    router (and this includes not only encryption but anything else you
    might have set in an effort to increase security, such as MAC filtering)
    and still cannot connect, there are only a limited number of
    possibilities. You have eliminated most of them by saying that your
    laptop successfully connects to other wireless networks.

    First, clear out remnants of prior attempts to connect to your network.
    Go to Network Connections and right click on the icon for your
    wireless adapter and choose Properties. Select the Wireless Networks tab
    and Remove all entries that have your SSID. OK your way out. Now click
    the View Wireless Networks tab, locate your SSID in the list of
    available networks, and click Connect. I'll assume that you can't connect.

    Go back to your router's configuration utility (from a wired computer)
    and determine what wireless mode it is set to. The DIR-655 is a
    wireless-N router, but it can be set to operate as G-only, G&B, B-only,
    N-only, or mixed N,B,G. Make sure that the mode is compatible with your
    wireless adapter. If you don't know what your wireless adapter is,
    either set the router to Mixed N,B,G or (better) look up your adapter's
    model number in Device Manager and Google it.

    With respect to the level of security, Win XP sp3 supports (is
    "compatible with") WPA2-Personal if (and this is a big if) the wireless
    hardware in your laptop supports that. If your adapter is somewhat
    elderly, you may need to update a driver. See the website of your
    laptop's manufacturer for the appropriate driver. You should be able to
    determine what level of encryption is supported by your laptop's
    wireless adapter by going back to the Wireless Networks tab of the
    wireless adapter's Properties dialog, selecting a Preferred network from
    the list and clicking the Properties button. On the Association tab,
    you'll see a drop down box for "Encryption." Click the arrow and you
    should see the possibilities.

    --
    Lem

    Apollo 11 - 40 years ago:
    http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/ap...0th/index.html

  8. #8
    Edward Diener
    Guest

    Re: Unable to connect to wireless network from laptop on WindowsXP

    Frankster wrote:
    >>> Log to the Wireless Router with a cable, and disable the security.
    >>> Make sure that you can connect to it when it is open.

    >>
    >> This was the first thing I tried and I still could not connect to the
    >> router wirelessly. What gets me is that Winodws XP gives absolutely no
    >> indication of why the connection failed.

    >
    > In that case... go into your XP wireless config and DELETE your router
    > (of previous failed attempts). Then, retry. It should work.


    I tried that. Subsequently the Wireless Network Connection finds it
    again as a network within range. I clikc on my network, click
    Connect..., enter the netwrok key, the long connecting dialog comes up
    again, and it fails to connect again with no message.

    > Your
    > previous failed attempts are causing the saved profile to pass the wrong
    > passcode and therefore you cannot connect. Deleting the saved profile
    > and starting over should fix it.


    Unfortunately it still does not work.

    >
    > As far as Windows not providing the proper feedback of a failed
    > passcode, you are right. It doesn't.


    Boo ! <g>.

    Thanks for your suggestions.

  9. #9
    Edward Diener
    Guest

    Re: Unable to connect to wireless network from laptop on WindowsXP

    Lem wrote:
    > Edward Diener wrote:
    >> Jack [MVP-Networking] wrote:
    >>> Hi
    >>> It is probably authentication (PW) problem.
    >>> Log to the Wireless Router with a cable, and disable the security.
    >>> Make sure that you can connect to it when it is open.

    >>
    >> This was the first thing I tried and I still could not connect to the
    >> router wirelessly. What gets me is that Winodws XP gives absolutely no
    >> indication of why the connection failed. I'm a programmer and I think
    >> it is very poor giving no end-user feedback in that situation.
    >>
    >>> When it works OK, switch On the security enter a new pass phrase copy
    >>> the pass phrase to the Copy buffer and then paste to the computer's
    >>> password box.
    >>> Make sure that the level of the security that you use is compatible
    >>> with Win XP.

    >>
    >> I do not know how it can be determined what level of security is
    >> compatible with Windows XP. How can I determine that ? I keep up to
    >> date with the latest updates through Windows Update so I should always
    >> be up to date on my laptop.
    >>
    >>> In General.
    >>> From the weakest to the strongest, Wireless security capacity is.
    >>> No Security
    >>> Switching Off SSID (same has No Security. SSID can be easily sniffed
    >>> even if it is Off)
    >>> MAC Filtering______(Band Aid if nothing else is available, MAC number
    >>> can be easily Spoofed).
    >>> WEP64____(Easy, to "Break" by knowledgeable people).
    >>> WEP128___(A little Harder, but "Hackable" too).
    >>> -------------------
    >>> The three above are Not considered safe.
    >>> Safe Starts here at WPA.
    >>> -------------------
    >>> WPA-PSK__(Very Hard to Break).
    >>> 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 bellow SP3 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.

    >>
    >> On the router I am using WPA-Personal, with a WPA mode set to Auto
    >> (WPA or WPA2) and Cipher type of TKIP and AES.
    >>
    >>> All devices MUST be set to the same security level using the same
    >>> pass phrase.
    >>> Therefore the security must be set according what ever is the best
    >>> possible of one of the Wireless devices.

    >>
    >> Right now the only wireless device is the laptop, although I bought
    >> wireless USB for both my desktops which are currently wired to the
    >> router. Since my laptop has connected to other routers wirelessly, I
    >> wanted to solve my laptops connection to the router before I start
    >> playing around with connecting either of my desktops to the router
    >> wirelessly.
    >>
    >>> 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.

    >>
    >> I understand this principle. I am not sure how to determine what the
    >> laptop supports other than specifying what I did in my OP which is
    >> that the laptop supports 802.11b and 802.11g.
    >>
    >>> 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.

    >>
    >> Of course.
    >>
    >>> Setting Wireless Security - http://www.ezlan.net/Wireless_Security.html
    >>> The Core differences between WEP, WPA, and WPA2 -
    >>> http://www.ezlan.net/wpa_wep.html
    >>> Jack (MVP-Networking).

    >>
    >> Thanks for the info and links. Since I tried connecting with all
    >> security turned off and could not do so, I don't think it can be a
    >> security problem. I wish I knew what it was, though, as my router has
    >> many settings I can try manipulating but I don't know what the magic
    >> combo is to get it working. Of course I can eventually try talking to
    >> the D-Link support people but that is always a major trial nowadays.
    >>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> "Edward Diener" <eddielee_no_spam_here@tropicsoft.com> wrote in
    >>> message news:eG6GPH6fKHA.1652@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >>>> I am trying to connect my laptop via a wireless connection to my
    >>>> D-Link DIR-655 router.
    >>>> The laptop is a Toshiba Satellite Pro L300D which as an Integrated
    >>>> Atheros 802.11b/g wireless LAN.
    >>>> I am running Windows XP on my laptop.
    >>>>
    >>>> Under Windows XP on my laptop it finds my wireless network by its
    >>>> name of 'MyWirelessNet' and I click on the entry and then on the
    >>>> Connect button. It prompts me for my network key and I type in
    >>>> 'Y2YT5689OPEE'. I then type this in again in the Confirm area also.
    >>>> It then attempts to connect, taking a very long time to do so with a
    >>>> message box and a message "Please wait while Windows connects to the
    >>>> 'MyWirelessNet' network" and another message below it which says
    >>>> "Waiting for the network...". Finally the Wireless Network
    >>>> Connection message box closes but the connection has not been made.
    >>>> No error message shows anything.
    >>>>
    >>>> Ideas, thoughts, solutions, experiences, or things I might try to
    >>>> get my laptop to connect wirelessly to the DIR-655 are most welcome.
    >>>>
    >>>> If I run a wired network cable from my laptop to the DIR-655
    >>>> everything is successful. But naturally I want to connect wirelessly
    >>>> so I can move my laptop around. Isn't that what laptops are all about ?
    >>>>
    >>>> I am also successful connecting my laptop wirelessly to other
    >>>> wireless networks. But not to my DIR-655 router.
    >>>

    >
    > Responding inline is tempting, but with long posts it gets really
    > difficult to follow.
    >
    > If you are certain that you have disabled wireless security in the
    > router (and this includes not only encryption but anything else you
    > might have set in an effort to increase security, such as MAC filtering)
    > and still cannot connect, there are only a limited number of
    > possibilities. You have eliminated most of them by saying that your
    > laptop successfully connects to other wireless networks.
    >
    > First, clear out remnants of prior attempts to connect to your network.
    > Go to Network Connections and right click on the icon for your wireless
    > adapter and choose Properties. Select the Wireless Networks tab and
    > Remove all entries that have your SSID. OK your way out. Now click the
    > View Wireless Networks tab, locate your SSID in the list of available
    > networks, and click Connect. I'll assume that you can't connect.
    >
    > Go back to your router's configuration utility (from a wired computer)
    > and determine what wireless mode it is set to. The DIR-655 is a
    > wireless-N router, but it can be set to operate as G-only, G&B, B-only,
    > N-only, or mixed N,B,G. Make sure that the mode is compatible with your
    > wireless adapter. If you don't know what your wireless adapter is,
    > either set the router to Mixed N,B,G or (better) look up your adapter's
    > model number in Device Manager and Google it.


    This finally solved the problem. The laptop supports 802.11b/g and when
    I changed the router to mixed mode 802.11b / 802.11g from its previous
    setting of mixed mode 802.11b / 802.11g / 802.11n, presto !!! Everything
    works now. I am now a happy camper.

  10. #10
    Edward Diener
    Guest

    Re: Unable to connect to wireless network from laptop on WindowsXP

    Edward Diener wrote:
    > I am trying to connect my laptop via a wireless connection to my D-Link
    > DIR-655 router.
    > The laptop is a Toshiba Satellite Pro L300D which as an Integrated
    > Atheros 802.11b/g wireless LAN.
    > I am running Windows XP on my laptop.
    >
    > Under Windows XP on my laptop it finds my wireless network by its name
    > of 'MyWirelessNet' and I click on the entry and then on the Connect
    > button. It prompts me for my network key and I type in 'Y2YT5689OPEE'. I
    > then type this in again in the Confirm area also. It then attempts to
    > connect, taking a very long time to do so with a message box and a
    > message "Please wait while Windows connects to the 'MyWirelessNet'
    > network" and another message below it which says "Waiting for the
    > network...". Finally the Wireless Network Connection message box closes
    > but the connection has not been made. No error message shows anything.
    >
    > Ideas, thoughts, solutions, experiences, or things I might try to get my
    > laptop to connect wirelessly to the DIR-655 are most welcome.
    >
    > If I run a wired network cable from my laptop to the DIR-655 everything
    > is successful. But naturally I want to connect wirelessly so I can move
    > my laptop around. Isn't that what laptops are all about ?
    >
    > I am also successful connecting my laptop wirelessly to other wireless
    > networks. But not to my DIR-655 router.


    To everyone who replied helping me out with this problem, I want to say
    thanks. By changing my router's setting from mixed mode 802.11b /
    802.11g / 802.11n to mixed mode 802.11b / 802.11g the connection was
    finally made. My laptop supports only 802.11b / 802.11g so I guess
    setting my router to support all three caused the problem ( although as
    a programmer I don't think it should ).

  11. #11
    Lem
    Guest

    Re: Unable to connect to wireless network from laptop on WindowsXP

    Edward Diener wrote:
    > Lem wrote:
    >> Edward Diener wrote:
    >>> Jack [MVP-Networking] wrote:
    >>>> Hi
    >>>> It is probably authentication (PW) problem.
    >>>> Log to the Wireless Router with a cable, and disable the security.
    >>>> Make sure that you can connect to it when it is open.
    >>>
    >>> This was the first thing I tried and I still could not connect to the
    >>> router wirelessly. What gets me is that Winodws XP gives absolutely
    >>> no indication of why the connection failed. I'm a programmer and I
    >>> think it is very poor giving no end-user feedback in that situation.
    >>>
    >>>> When it works OK, switch On the security enter a new pass phrase
    >>>> copy the pass phrase to the Copy buffer and then paste to the
    >>>> computer's password box.
    >>>> Make sure that the level of the security that you use is compatible
    >>>> with Win XP.
    >>>
    >>> I do not know how it can be determined what level of security is
    >>> compatible with Windows XP. How can I determine that ? I keep up to
    >>> date with the latest updates through Windows Update so I should
    >>> always be up to date on my laptop.
    >>>
    >>>> In General.
    >>>> From the weakest to the strongest, Wireless security capacity is.
    >>>> No Security
    >>>> Switching Off SSID (same has No Security. SSID can be easily sniffed
    >>>> even if it is Off)
    >>>> MAC Filtering______(Band Aid if nothing else is available, MAC
    >>>> number can be easily Spoofed).
    >>>> WEP64____(Easy, to "Break" by knowledgeable people).
    >>>> WEP128___(A little Harder, but "Hackable" too).
    >>>> -------------------
    >>>> The three above are Not considered safe.
    >>>> Safe Starts here at WPA.
    >>>> -------------------
    >>>> WPA-PSK__(Very Hard to Break).
    >>>> 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 bellow SP3 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.
    >>>
    >>> On the router I am using WPA-Personal, with a WPA mode set to Auto
    >>> (WPA or WPA2) and Cipher type of TKIP and AES.
    >>>
    >>>> All devices MUST be set to the same security level using the same
    >>>> pass phrase.
    >>>> Therefore the security must be set according what ever is the best
    >>>> possible of one of the Wireless devices.
    >>>
    >>> Right now the only wireless device is the laptop, although I bought
    >>> wireless USB for both my desktops which are currently wired to the
    >>> router. Since my laptop has connected to other routers wirelessly, I
    >>> wanted to solve my laptops connection to the router before I start
    >>> playing around with connecting either of my desktops to the router
    >>> wirelessly.
    >>>
    >>>> 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.
    >>>
    >>> I understand this principle. I am not sure how to determine what the
    >>> laptop supports other than specifying what I did in my OP which is
    >>> that the laptop supports 802.11b and 802.11g.
    >>>
    >>>> 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.
    >>>
    >>> Of course.
    >>>
    >>>> Setting Wireless Security - http://www.ezlan.net/Wireless_Security.html
    >>>> The Core differences between WEP, WPA, and WPA2 -
    >>>> http://www.ezlan.net/wpa_wep.html
    >>>> Jack (MVP-Networking).
    >>>
    >>> Thanks for the info and links. Since I tried connecting with all
    >>> security turned off and could not do so, I don't think it can be a
    >>> security problem. I wish I knew what it was, though, as my router has
    >>> many settings I can try manipulating but I don't know what the magic
    >>> combo is to get it working. Of course I can eventually try talking to
    >>> the D-Link support people but that is always a major trial nowadays.
    >>>
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>> "Edward Diener" <eddielee_no_spam_here@tropicsoft.com> wrote in
    >>>> message news:eG6GPH6fKHA.1652@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >>>>> I am trying to connect my laptop via a wireless connection to my
    >>>>> D-Link DIR-655 router.
    >>>>> The laptop is a Toshiba Satellite Pro L300D which as an Integrated
    >>>>> Atheros 802.11b/g wireless LAN.
    >>>>> I am running Windows XP on my laptop.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Under Windows XP on my laptop it finds my wireless network by its
    >>>>> name of 'MyWirelessNet' and I click on the entry and then on the
    >>>>> Connect button. It prompts me for my network key and I type in
    >>>>> 'Y2YT5689OPEE'. I then type this in again in the Confirm area also.
    >>>>> It then attempts to connect, taking a very long time to do so with
    >>>>> a message box and a message "Please wait while Windows connects to
    >>>>> the 'MyWirelessNet' network" and another message below it which
    >>>>> says "Waiting for the network...". Finally the Wireless Network
    >>>>> Connection message box closes but the connection has not been made.
    >>>>> No error message shows anything.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Ideas, thoughts, solutions, experiences, or things I might try to
    >>>>> get my laptop to connect wirelessly to the DIR-655 are most welcome.
    >>>>>
    >>>>> If I run a wired network cable from my laptop to the DIR-655
    >>>>> everything is successful. But naturally I want to connect
    >>>>> wirelessly so I can move my laptop around. Isn't that what laptops
    >>>>> are all about ?
    >>>>>
    >>>>> I am also successful connecting my laptop wirelessly to other
    >>>>> wireless networks. But not to my DIR-655 router.
    >>>>

    >>
    >> Responding inline is tempting, but with long posts it gets really
    >> difficult to follow.
    >>
    >> If you are certain that you have disabled wireless security in the
    >> router (and this includes not only encryption but anything else you
    >> might have set in an effort to increase security, such as MAC
    >> filtering) and still cannot connect, there are only a limited number
    >> of possibilities. You have eliminated most of them by saying that your
    >> laptop successfully connects to other wireless networks.
    >>
    >> First, clear out remnants of prior attempts to connect to your
    >> network. Go to Network Connections and right click on the icon for
    >> your wireless adapter and choose Properties. Select the Wireless
    >> Networks tab and Remove all entries that have your SSID. OK your way
    >> out. Now click the View Wireless Networks tab, locate your SSID in
    >> the list of available networks, and click Connect. I'll assume that
    >> you can't connect.
    >>
    >> Go back to your router's configuration utility (from a wired computer)
    >> and determine what wireless mode it is set to. The DIR-655 is a
    >> wireless-N router, but it can be set to operate as G-only, G&B,
    >> B-only, N-only, or mixed N,B,G. Make sure that the mode is compatible
    >> with your wireless adapter. If you don't know what your wireless
    >> adapter is, either set the router to Mixed N,B,G or (better) look up
    >> your adapter's model number in Device Manager and Google it.

    >
    > This finally solved the problem. The laptop supports 802.11b/g and when
    > I changed the router to mixed mode 802.11b / 802.11g from its previous
    > setting of mixed mode 802.11b / 802.11g / 802.11n, presto !!! Everything
    > works now. I am now a happy camper.


    Thanks for letting us know. I'm glad you got it working. You're correct
    that "Mixed N,B,G" *should* have worked, but it's not worth spending
    more effort at this point to find out why it didn't.

    --
    Lem

    Apollo 11 - 40 years ago:
    http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/ap...0th/index.html

  12. #12
    Guys,

    I had the same problem with my old DIR 655.

    More interestingly, this problem happens only to XP and not to Vista and Win 7.

    So I tried the same setup on another newer DIR 655 and found there is no problem. Everything works fine on all XP, Vista and Win 7.

    My finding is as below.
    The one works fine is Hardware version A4 with firmware version 1.2
    The one gets problem is Hardware version A3 with firmware version 1.32NA (latest at the time of this post)

    Strange, isnt it? My conclusion is something buggy with that new firmware.

    Being not satisfied with result, I keep looking for a clue and found a thread.
    There is a work around for this problem.

    Just read this post

    http://helpdeskgeek.com/how-to/windo...o-the-network/

    Rascal

  13. #13
    Just the addition to my post, I dont even need to change mixed mode N,G,B to mixed G,B only. That N,G,B mixed mode still there. So when you buy a new thing with N support, you are ready to use.

    Whats the point of using G and B only after you have paid for that expensive N router.

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