Setting up a laptop to connect wirelessly

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My playmate came over the house for some biscuit treats made by my mom.

She brought with her sister's old laptop for us to play online games.

We tried to set it up to connect to our wireless network. 

In the settings, it has an option for an access key and there it asks for 40 bit long or 104 bit long WEP key. But our router has an 128 bit WEP Encryption key.
 
Will the laptop be able to be connected to the wireless network?
 
 
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Answered By 0 points N/A #116414

Setting up a laptop to connect wirelessly

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Yes, you can but it is hard.  I know you are using an old Apple computer that is why you having a difficulty to use it. Anyway, other laptops will be getting connected to local network or Internet anywhere unless there is no available signal. And why does not the Apple brand work?

I discovered with my friends that the key (WEP) was not a transcript/text pass phrase but a hexadecimal numbering system 128-bit WEP key. You have to generate it by hand, to create a less hard to guess and to practice the 128-bit strength key. For these days, using WEP is not the finest protection to practice/use.  I suggest that you, enter the key code to get in. But if you tried everything, better suggestion is downloading games from other computers then save it to your friend’s laptop.

Answered By 0 points N/A #116415

Setting up a laptop to connect wirelessly

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For more secure communication between two wireless devices, their WEB keys should be compatible each other. Actually, what happens is that one device takes the algorithm message and converts it to an encrypted message based of key’s bits. The other device takes the encrypted message and restores into original form using decryption algorithm based on its key’s bits. Thus they can communicate securely.

As your laptop’s wireless network card is having a lower bit rate, it asks for the lesser range for compatibility (i.e 40-bit or 104-bit.), whereas your router provides only 128 –bit.

As the solution, you have to fix and install a PCMCIA wireless network card into PCMCIA card slot (slot just like credit card) in your laptop, which is compatible to the router. Better if you purchase the same brand device just like the router

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When you say old laptop, I assume that you are using Windows XP. This error is very common in older model laptops connecting to a new model WiFi router. What you can do is, manually enter the WEP keys into the laptop. You can click on Start> Control Panel> Network Connections >  Right click on wireless connection icon, then go to properties. Under properties you have 3 tabs. Click on Wireless Networks Tab. Now, under preferred networks tab, highlight your Wireless network name and click on properties button. A new window will open and you will see a whole lot of dots under Network Key. You can delete all the dots there and enter your 26 character password since you're using 128-bit WEP.

Do not forget to fill the confirm network key box. You have to enter the key twice for verification purposes. After that you can save your work by clicking the OK button. I would suggest a restart on the computer afterwards, just to make sure the settings will be saved properly.

After the restart you may check your wireless icon down, at the lower right hand side of the screen and move over your mouse there and check the status of your  WiFi connection, if it is now connected or not. Also as an alternate solution you may, check the laptop manufacturer's website, if they have an updated driver version for the wireless network card. Some manufacturers release new drivers to make corrections on hardware bugs.

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