Help. Laptop cannot connect to wireless router

My setup: Desktop running XP Pro (not SP2) Laptop running XP Pro (not SP2)

Netgear 814 - 802.11b wireless router. No WEP, no access conrol, nothing enabled.

Desktop connects to router Ethernet port, no problem in connecting to internet

Laptop connects to router using TwinMOS 802.11b card. Installed the correct driver.

When laptop is powered on, it shows me a list of available wireless networks (no other network shows up). I choose my network, check the box that says "connect even if the connection is not secure, no WEP etc.," and click on Connect, nothing happens I see a message at laptop's status bar saying "no network available" but at the same time my desktop (or router) loses internet connection. I have to power off/on the router to restore internet access. This is driving me nuts. What am I doing wrong?

I have been trying to get this working for nearly a week. Yesterday I had my laptop running, for some reason I powered off/on my cablem modem and the router. When the router came on, my laptop picked up the signal and connected to the wireless network and both computers could access internet. Then I rebooted my laptop and I was back to square one where the laptop was unable to connect to the wireless network. Any ideas? Should I get same brand router and card?


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No, you don't need the same manufacture. However, I do like the get such equipment from the same manufacture so there can be no finger pointing happening.

You should get on the phone with tech support for both manufactures to see if you can be assisted with your wireless issues.

Duane :)

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Duane Arnold

Are you saying everything works until you try to connect the laptop to the router and it then crashes? If so, I would verify you don't have a virus on the laptop.


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