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    I have recently installed Windows 7 (previoulsy using XP)

    I have a Realtek 8185 wireless adapter installed on an ASUS M3N78SE motherboard. Internet connection worked fine after installation but I noticed the Realtek Lan Utility was not installed. So I downloaded and installed the latest driver (6.1123.226.2010) and the Utility is now installed. However, if I enter the network security key on the wireless properties page of the LAN Utility (the same key that I have entered in Windows 7 network settings) then I lose my connection completely. I have removed the security key from the LAN Utility and re-entered it into Windows 7 network settings and once again my connection is OK.

    So I have a stable internet connection (although signal strength is only 3 bars - and it was 5 in Windows XP) but why can I not enter my security key in the Realtek LAN Utiliy?

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    Hi eromittal,

    Windows 7 is much more efficient in managing your wireless setup than any third party utility. That is why it is working better for you than the Realtek utility. I have had more difficulties when attempting to use wireless card utilities to run my wireless. I have also had more difficulties when attempting to use the router manufacturers software to setup and manage my wifi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerald Shepard View Post
    Hi eromittal,

    Windows 7 is much more efficient in managing your wireless setup than any third party utility. That is why it is working better for you than the Realtek utility. I have had more difficulties when attempting to use wireless card utilities to run my wireless. I have also had more difficulties when attempting to use the router manufacturers software to setup and manage my wifi.

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    Would you suggest I uninstall the Realtek Utility?

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    Definitely uninstall the Realtek Wireless Adapter software. Win 7 will do a much better job and is most likely more secure that the Realtek app.
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    Like Ted said, I would uninstall the software. It is something you will never likely use again, and the less useless software remaining on your computer the better for your PC and for you.

    Of course, that is assuming we are talking about the Realtek LAN Utility software used to manage your wireless connections. Do NOT uninstall your Realtek wifi drivers.
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