Aug 12, 2009
Using a Linksys USB Network adapter WUSB11 Ver. 2.6, with windows installed driver, Windows could not even detect networks within range. The "troubleshoot connection" option is no help. I uninstalling the driver and installed the downloaded driver from the website for Windows Vista and rebooted. Same problem, no networks even detected, even though the computer running XP 2 feet away could connect and this computer when it was running XP connected fine with the same USB adapter.
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I decided to try a hard wire to the on board adapter. No problem, except, I don't want a 20 foot cable running through my living room to the computer room.
So, I bought a ConnectGear Wireless N USB Adapter (WU260N). Windows auto installed drivers, so I uninstalled, and installed drivers through the DVD Setup wizard that came with the adapter. Windows sees connections now! But when I click on my network, it doesn't even prompt for the WEP passkey for my router.
It does prompts for a passkey when trying to connect to my neighbor's. I rebooted the computer and the modem and router, same problem...it won't prompt for a passkey for my router. Something's wrong with my router settings, right? Thinking it is the WEP configuration issue, I changed the router to WPA2 Personal with a passkey and rebooted the computer, modem, and router. It prompts for a passkey now, but will not connect. I changed the router to disable security, rebooted the computer, router, and modem. The computer STILL won't connect, even though the computer sitting 2 feet away has no problem.
I feel like I'm sooo close, but have run out of ideas to fix this. I would really prefer to use the Linksys USB adapter, I originally bought since I can't return it now. But if the new ConnectGear is my only option since it at least sees connections, I'm okay with that. I just want this computer on the internet already!