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I got a new computer that I set up yesterday. I also ordered a router so that my husband can use his laptop. We had a router on the old computer, but someone else set it up and it stopped working after a month.

Anyway, I have BellSouth DSL that uses a Westell moden and a Netgear WGT624v2 router. After much time on the phone with tech support at BellSouth I was able to get the router to work on the main computer (which is not wireless). It also works with John's laptop (wireless). MK's old Dell laptop has a wireless card and I can't get it to work with the router. I can plug her ethernet cable from her computer into the router and it works fine. When I click on the wireless network in Network Places I can see that it is getting a strong signal from the router, but it won't let me access Internet Explorer. The info that Netgear sends you, and their website, and their CD do not go into detail about setting up anything except the main computer. I need step by step instructions on how to do the wireless network settings. I even went to their forums and can't find any help with this. In addition, if I go through the gateway to the Netgear help (192.168.0.1) it resets my Westell Modem and the whole system won't work. I don't know if I'll be able to check for upgrades, or any of that. From the forum pages at Netgear it sounds like there are plenty of complaints with this modem, most of their other modems and people also had lots of complaints with LincSys. If anyone is good with this sort of thing, please let me know. I have fairly good computer skills, but this is getting to me.
 

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The lights (I have 2) on the wireless card are both green. When I go to the Control Panel and Network Connections there is a heading that is called Network Bridge. Under this heading are 3 icons. The first one is Network Bridge and it says Enabled, MAC bridge miniport. The 2nd one is Local Area Connection and it says cable unplugged (this is the ethernet). The 3rd says Wireless Connnection and it says Enabled, Bridged, Wireless-B Notebook adaptor. When I click on the 3rd icon I get a little box that shows that the status is connected, the time that it has been connected, the speed 11.0, and the signal strength (full bars). I then can click on Properties and I get another screen that says Wireless Connection Properties. I click on the tab that says Wireless networks and the top box is checked that says let Windows automatically configure the device. I also see the name of my available network - NETGEAR - and it matches the exact name that my main computer uses. So everything tells me that the device is functioning properly, but when I click on Internet Explorer I get a gray box that says that no internet connection has been established and do I want to work off-line.

I appreciate y'all giving this some thought. I don't have the disk for the wireless card, but the laptop says that wireless card is working fine. The disk is at the condo and we can get it, but not today.
 

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I spent more time last night with an online BellSouth e-tech. He/She had me change some settings on the laptop and I can now connect. Don't know if it'll be permanent, but we'll see. Thanks to Joe and AJ for the suggestions.
 

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Thanks for the info. I now have 2 netgear routers on 2 different computers and am not exactly overwhelmed with ease of set up. If I have to try a different one I'll look at Dlink.
 
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