Thanks for your reply Jeff. I'll try to answer some of your
Yes, the connection problem is only with this one computer, the Sony
I CAN connect to the wireless router with an ethernet cable, and
connection to the internet works this way. The problem is only with
connecting WIRELESSLY to the wireless router.
I'm using WinXP (sp2) and whatever the internal wireless card is that
comes with the Vaio. I wish I could give you more info on which
wireless driver I'm using. I just used what came with the laptop.
I am using WEP encryption, and will try your suggestion.
One other piece of information... for my Wireless Network Connection, I
have to manually put in an IP address for the ethernet cable connection
to work. If I say "Obtain an IP address automatically," I just get
"Limited or No Connectivity" with the ethernet cable. (Again, I can't
get any kind of connection without the cable.)
Jeff Liebermann wrote:
> firstname.lastname@example.org hath wroth:
> >Sony Vaio PCG-K35 laptop
> >Netgear wireless router WGR614 v6
> >Internet access: Comcast cable
> >After attempting to download a firmware update for my wireless router
> >(which I apparently didn't even need), I can no longer connect to the
> >internet via a wireless connection to my wireless router. I ran a
> >system restore and reconfigured the router, but that didn't help.
> >I CAN connect to the wireless router via a cable, and other computers
> >can connect to the wireless router (wirelessly) and access the
> >internet, email, etc. without problem.
> As I read this, only this one laptop cannot browse the internet and
> probably cannot see the configuration page on the WGR614v6. Is this
> Have you tried to connect to the WGR614v6 with a CAT5 ethernet cable?
> It's difficult to tell from your subject line. That should work. If
> it doesn't, then something is really screwed up on your Sony laptop.
> My guess is some software firewall such as Norton Internet Security.
> If a direct cable does work, but wireless still refuses to connect,
> then it's something in the wireless configuration. I'll assume the
> wireless can "see" your SSID using "view available networks" or you
> would have mentioned it.
> Are you using WEP encryption? If so, use the Hex key and not the
> ASCII key. The conversion from ASCII to Hex is NOT standardized and
> subject to creative interpretation by various manufactories.
> If it's NOT the WEP key, try turning off encryption temporarily and
> see if that helps. If that works, then try again with the WEP key,
> this time without typo errors. Incidentally, WEP is not terribly
> secure and I suggest to you switch to WPA-PSK.
> Hopefully, you did *NOT* save your settings as a file from the
> previous firmware version and restore this file to the current version
> of the firmware. This is generally a lousy idea as such backups and
> restores and NOT guaranteed to work across different firmware
> versions. If this is what you did, punch the reset button on the
> router, and setup the router from scratch (again).
> >I've spent 12 hours (literally) on the phone with Comcast, Netgear, and
> >Sony without any luck.
> I can see why. I had to read your description of the problem several
> times to decode exactly what works and what doesn't. Your subject
> line is also somewhat ambiguous in that the word "connect" does not
> describe how you connect (wired or wireless). I have no clue what
> operating system you're using, or what wireless device is inside the
> Sony laptop. I can't tell if you're using the Sony supplied wireless
> driver, the driver supplied by the wireless device manufactory, or
> just Windoze Wireless Zero Config. However, your problem description
> is better than most, so I probably shouldn't complain.
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