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Skull Rabbit
Posted: Dec 27, 2006 9:00 pm Reply with quote
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Joined: 21 Jan 2006 Posts: 263
Hey.

When it comes to issues like this, I'm a retard. So I ask you all for some help. I don't even know where to start.

I got a new laptop a while ago, and apparently it can connect to wireless networks, so even when it tells me that it *IS* connected and with excellent signal strength, when I try to use the net, nothing happens.

Do I have to buy something for my computer to make it actually work, or play with settings somewhere? Or do I even have to resort to buying my own internet for my apartment haha. I don't wanna waste money on that though.

Yeah so I'm really lost on this one. If you can help, thanks Wink
 
Mansley
Posted: Dec 27, 2006 9:14 pm Reply with quote
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Joined: 14 Nov 2006 Posts: 868 Location: Los Angeles, California
i am not the best with these issues either. let me say...most likely the internet networks you can bum are from people who do not know well enough that wireless networks should be passworded. (hence why you are able to steal the wireless connection) i have not needed to buy anything or fool around with settings to get such connections. however from time to time i have connected wirelessly to other networks and had similar issues to you. my advice is keep trying different networks and you should find one which works well enough. more reliable is to have your own wireless network. (mostly like through whatever high speed connection going into a wireless router, giving you a wireless connection within a reasonable range, varies between routers) and also i will add that a connection through a wire is far more stable in my experience. even absurd college provided connections...i have heard wireless connections still sometimes crap out on you while using them. so what i am saying is, wire is most reliable, then your own wireless, then someone else's.
 
eyn
Posted: Dec 29, 2006 4:26 am Reply with quote
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Joined: 13 Apr 2005 Posts: 2094 Location: Canada
You need to figure out whose wireless connection is that. If it belongs to your neighbour, then it most likely means they have sort of protected their wireless by putting encryption, password, or they have configured their wireless router to act as a hub that require the computer using the wireless to authenticate itself to say a DSL service by using username and password provided by ISP.

Another possibility is that your apartment building provides free or paid Wi-Fi, in that case you'll have to ask the person in charge of that. Wink
 
Skull Rabbit
Posted: Dec 31, 2006 10:29 pm Reply with quote
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There was a list of networks, and from most which I've looked at they had passwords but I found one that in the description or whatever it said it was just free, so it might be the connection from the cafe downstairs, and if so I don't know why it shouldn't work. But I think maybe I'll look into getting a wire or my own network from the sounds of mansley's response~~

So is a wireless router different from a normal router? I'm not sure. Actually, in my apartment we had internet before but then the girl who had the account under her name moved out, and 3 months later cancelled the account on us. So I've been looking to figure something out Giggle Haha~ Oh maybe I should just ask my cable company about this as well~
 
Mansley
Posted: Jan 01, 2007 2:22 am Reply with quote
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Joined: 14 Nov 2006 Posts: 868 Location: Los Angeles, California
well a wireless router is a router. you plus your DSL/cable/whatever high speed connection into it and that is the actual device through which you have a wireless connection. i have little experience with it so maybe someone with more knowledge can answer better. anyway your actual internet service will be a conventional high-speed connection from whatever company you choose, the wireless router is a router. like if you had to split a connection between computers...that kind of router, only without wireless. and there are wireless routers that also support wires simultaneously as well, in case you have multiple computers and some are PCs some are laptops and you'd like the laptops to have wireless while the PCs need the wire.
 
Sonny
Posted: Nov 13, 2007 5:45 am Reply with quote
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Joined: 13 Nov 2007 Posts: 91 Location: Melbourne, Australia
Well Skull Rabbit, its probably too late now, but I think you might have connected to a LAN network that does not have a internet connection. I used to have a wireless network that didn't have access to the internet, cause I only needed it to link up with my other computers to exchange files.
 
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