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    Wireless router & XP sp2 (Win XP 2 sp2)

    I recently purchased a Netgear MR814v2 ,802.11b wireless router. I cannot connect to my laptop which has a Roam-A-Bout adapter card. The wireless laptop works fine elsewhere. My access point has Charter for an ISP with Charter's High Speed Security Suite. My system also has the Windows firewall that came with SP2. I have contacted Netgear on numerous occassions and have tried various configurations. I have also spoke with a Roam-A-Bout technician with negative results. My laptop has Win 98se professional edition installed. I've tried disabling the firewalls but that doesn't help. Is anyone aware of any problems using wireless with Win XP sp2? I could be missing something.

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    Re: Wireless router & XP sp2 (Win XP 2 sp2)

    I suggest posting a more detailed description of your system/s. I am confused. For example, is your Netgear equipment a router and a Wireless Access Point (WAP)? Is it hardwired with an ethernet cable to a computer and what operating system does this computer have. Is the connection good on the hardwired computer? You mention that your laptop is running Win 98se professional. Do you mean Window XP Professional. Windows 98se did not have a firewall in the O/S. Windows XP SP2 has excellent wireless capabilites.

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    Re: Wireless router & XP sp2 (Win XP 2 sp2)

    My computer is a shop built Intel R, Celeron cpu 2.00 GHz, 2.00 GHz, 512 mb RAM. It has MS XP Home edition,Version 2002 and has the Service Pack 2 installed. My ISP is Charter Communications. I also have Charter High Speed Security Suite, 5.70 build 550, by F secure installed. I listed it as an exception in the MS firewall exceptions.
    The router is a Netgear MR 814 v2, Cable/DSL Wireless Router. It has the wireless access point checked in it's configurations. It is hard wired to the computer with an Ethernet cable. All of the configurations check out ok.

    My laptop that I am trying to connect to is a rebuilt Twinhead with Windows 98 SE 4.10.2222A. It has 64mb Ram with an Intel Celeron Processor and 64mb RAM. The adapter card made by Enterasys. It is a RoamAbout, 802.11 DS High Rate / 128 Bit Key. It works fine in a local restaurant that has wireless internet. I have talked with at least 6 different tech support people from Netgear. They all tried something different. A local college student working at Walmart said that I may need a different adapter card because Netgear is not compatiable with many other brands. Maybe he is right.

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    Re: Wireless router & XP sp2 (Win XP 2 sp2)

    I'm a bit confused by all this talk about firewalls. The wireless connection is at a much lower level than that, are you connecting to the wireless at all?

    Let's start with some basics:
    <UL><LI>Have you set the SSID and WEP key on your Network Access Point to values that you know?
    <LI>Have you set the same SSID and WEP key on your laptop? (In SP2 you can do this with Control Panel > Wireless Network Setup)
    <LI>If you look at the properties of your Wireless Network Connection and click "View Wireless Networks" do you see any networks at all?[/list]StuartR

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    Re: Wireless router & XP sp2 (Win XP 2 sp2)

    Thank you Stuart for the response. Your information was helpful in clarifying the set up procedure. I was under the impressions that the firewall that is part of the Charter High Speed security package would affect the router.
    In redoing the configurations, I discovered a router problem that was the major contributor to all the problems. When I changed the router location, I discovered that the internet port had a bad connection. The transmit icon would be lit sometimes and out at other times. The problem is the connector inside the router housing. I contacted Netgear and arranged an exchange of the product for a another one. Merry Christmas. <img src=/S/bravo.gif border=0 alt=bravo width=16 height=30>

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