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Old 06-09-2010, 04:39 AM
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Arrow Belkin N Wireless Router Local Only

Just picked this up at Frys a few days ago. Network set up without a hitch, and my dads laptop connects to the wireless perfectly. But I'm still stuck wired to the router.

Installed the software onto my HP laptop. Each time I try to connect to the wireless, it connects but says it's an unidentified network and local only. I've been doing my best to troubleshoot this, and have read countless other threads that don't quite address my problem.

Now, I have one friend telling me you have to have the router wired to the computer it was set up on, at all times, in order for the wireless to work. The other friend says this is not the case, so I'm still unsure. Tried setting the router up to a desktop in my house to see if that would fix the problem but my laptop still displays (local only).

I have a small grasp on how this is supposed to work, seems like it'd be a simple fix because of how easy it is to connect to any other network. Thank you for your time you guys, so frustrating, halp!
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Old 06-09-2010, 05:35 AM
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Now, I have one friend telling me you have to have the router wired to the computer it was set up on, at all times, in order for the wireless to work.
No this is not true.
once router is set up, you can turn off all computers.
any laptop with wireless card can also access to wireless routers with all other wired computer turn off.

you may already aware of the wireless properties such as SSID, authentication/ encryption, channel, must be the SAME between the router and the laptops.

since you set it up on router, you already know what is the settings on all these.
now go to your troubled laptop, set the same SSID, authentication, encryption, password and try again.

btw, do you have norton internet security? if yes, try uninstall it and see what happen

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Old 06-09-2010, 09:46 PM
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All of the SSID info has to match cause I set up the router on the laptop. Everything looks good, don't know why the settings would be different if they were set up through this computer.

Anything I can do to get rid of the local only?
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Old 06-10-2010, 12:19 AM
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Two things I'd try first.

1. Disable all security on the router. Try and connect. If successful, then it's not playing nice with the security settings on your laptop. (Not all do it all well).
Tinker with different security settings.

2. Is it set for b/g/n? Or N only, g only, etc.
I've found that in a mixed network, it's not so great. I have mine running G only, most N cards will work on G, and all G will. Router has to do less thinking, connections seem more reliable.
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