On 2 Sep 2005 01:56:18 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org
>ok, sorry, I'm new to this sort of thing.
Hint: Numbers, not vague descriptions. The more numeric detail you
supply, the more detailed the answer. Also, some devices have version
In general, when you have a question, please supply:
1. What problem are you trying to solve?
2. What do you have to work with? (Hardware, operating system,
software, drivers, version numbers, etc).
3. Optional: What have you done so far and what happened?
>its a netgear router, MR314.
>is that a cheap junky router? http://kbserver.netgear.com/products/MR314.asp
It's old and no longer sold. It's 802.11b only instead of the faster
and better 802.11g. It uses the old style interface which is
difficult to configure. LImited options and features. The last
firmware update was in Aug 2002. About $30 on eBay so it's cheap.
Yes, I would call it cheap wireless junk. However, I do like the
rugged metal blue box.
You might wanna check if you have the latest 3.29 firmware. However,
don't install it until things are mostly working.
>one is a laptop that i dont have in front of me, the other is a desktop
>dell with a usb port wireless adaptor also a netgear MA 101.
Can the Dell desktop and unspecified notebook connect to any *OTHER*
wireless networks besides yours? If so, they're working. I'm trying
to determine which part of the puzzle is broken by substitution. Do
your testing with encryption off so that part isn't in the puzzle.
>the router itself is working because i have internet on a desktop
>plugged into it with an ethenet cable (RJ45).
>the wireless network does not even show up as available when i click on
>the wireless networking icon.
I can't tell what you're clicking from here. Is it the Windoze
Wireless Zero Config icon, or the Netgear MA101 driver software? For
that matter, are you running Windoze XP SP2?
The wireless light is listed in the "tech manual" as on when "The
wireless circuit is functiona" which can mean almost anything. My
guess is that it has power and nothing more. The manual has nothing
on wireless troubleshooting. ftp://downloads.netgear.com/files/mr..._guide_326.zip
>i'll check and see if i accidentally turned it off, but the little
>green light (sorry i cant think of anything more technically for that)
>that says wifi on the router is on.
Judging by the age of the MR314, something might have blown up.
If you make no progress, and it's time for desperate measures, I
suggest you verify that the MR101 desktop and unspecified laptop setup
works using someone elses wireless router. A free internet hot spot
would work. Then, dive into the MR314 setup, write down every setting
that looks useful, in particular the ISP and wireless settings. Punch
the reset button, and put all the setting back. Leave encryption off
for now. If that doesn't work, then there's something broken in the
>excuse my lack of an intricate understanding of the techy forum world,
>i hope i will pick up the proper comportement quickly, and most of all,
>thank you for your help,
Jeff Liebermann email@example.com
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