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    Windows XP and Linksys WRT150N

    I have a Dell desktop and a Dell laptop. I set up a network yesterday using a WTR150N - no problem setting up the router. Second step was to add the laptop to the network. I tried all night and couldn't do it and I suppose some of the problem is that I don't really understand some of what they're telling me to do.

    I don't understand when I'm getting a message saying my authorization is missing. I thought they meant the encryption key and I entered it but can't get the laptop on the network and not really sure if I should be using the Linksys Advisor, because the taps at the top are all greyed out anyway, and don't allow me to chose Actions, or should I be using the Windows XP Wizard to set up the Network, do this only on the laptop? At one point I created a system disk in response to a promput but it didn't seem to do any good when I used it on the laptop.

    Does anyone have simple, step-by-step instructions for adding a second computer to the network that a dummy like me, totally new to networking, can follow? It would be really wonderful.

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    Re: Windows XP and Linksys WRT150N

    Is your problem the laptop not being able to access the Internet or not being able to access the desktop or both? See Troubleshooting file shares on a home network for help with networking.

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    Re: Windows XP and Linksys WRT150N

    I have used that Linksys Advisor on a number of occassions when setting up small home wireless networks for friends, and it is a lifesaver. I always have them buy a flash drive before I start and all of the network info is on there. for my 2 cents <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15> use the advisor
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    Re: Windows XP and Linksys WRT150N

    Thanks very much to everyone who responded. I did get it working. What happened was, I had purchased a Netgear router and it never worked correctly. I took it back and purchased the Linksys router but didn't realize there was still software for the Netgear on my computer - I don't know if that caused any of the problem, but I did uninstall it.

    Then, the Linksys Advisor still would not allow me to click on the Actions tab or MyNetwork tab - I did try even though they were grayed out. So, I uninstalled Linksys and re-installed it and Walla! Success! I then went into Actions and installed the laptop with no problem at all. It seems that whatever caused me to be unable to access the features of the Advisor - whether the Netgear software or whatever - stood in the way of what turned into an easy process.

    At that point, I had been up at 6:30 A.M., worked nine hours, came up and struggled with this stuff, so I shut everything down and went to bed! Now I have to fix it so I can share files - probably end up being another traumatic affair!

    Thanks again!

    P.S. - One weird thing though is that when I disconnected the second ethernet cable from the router I was unable to access the internet; plugged it back in and everything was fine??

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    Re: Windows XP and Linksys WRT150N

    On my HP laptop there is a slide switch on the front that engages the network or turns it off. You might have this too.

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    Re: Windows XP and Linksys WRT150N

    Sounds like to me that you need to make sure you are using the laptop in admin mode and not user.

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    Re: Windows XP and Linksys WRT150N

    Actually it's working just fine now. The only problem I'm having now is with file sharing, and since we've been getting ready for trial at work and at home I'm trying to get ready to leave for Florida, I haven't had much time to spend on it. I have not been able to share the files on my desktop with my laptop, and I'm sure I'm doing something wrong, but it's just not working. I have all kinds of instructions and they are all confusing.

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    Re: Windows XP and Linksys WRT150N

    I'm not familiar with the ways of XP, I am better at Vista......

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    Re: Windows XP and Linksys WRT150N

    You will not be able to share the files within the "Documents" folder. The best thing to do is put a copy in the "Public" folder on the Vista machine and then you should be able to access them, IF you have set up sharing on the Vista machine.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Windows XP and Linksys WRT150N

    Thanks but I don't have a Public folder and I'm using XP Professional not Vista.

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    Re: Windows XP and Linksys WRT150N

    See my <post:=689,236>post 689,236</post:>. Did you follow the troubleshooting tips? If you did what were the results of each step?

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