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Old 04-01-04, 10:54 PM   #1
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Question about connecting to a wireless network?

Ok, here's the situation.

Got a new laptop at work. The IT guys deleted the drivers for the built in wireless card.

I got the drivers from my boss and installed them. It sees a connection, however I can't connect via IE.

I am running through a proxy at work, and I've tried changing the settings, but I still can't get it to work.

Any ideas?
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Old 04-02-04, 12:11 AM   #2
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Are you able to see other machines on the network?

Are you able to ping your proxy server?
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Old 04-02-04, 12:26 AM   #3
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Are you connecting wirelessly at work or using the wireless connection at home? If you are using the wireless connection at home, and connect to your home wireless network okay and can ping inside and outside your network at home, then I'd try just setting the connection in IE to "Direct Connection to the Internet" instead of using the proxy. (Note: you'll have to change IE back to using the proxy when you get back and connect from work). Then refresh the page or try and access yahoo or some other site.

Also, if you are running Win 2000, there may be group policies set up to deny you access to the connections tab in IE. There are ways around that depending on what kind of rights, you have on the machine, but if that is the case, the simplest thing to do (depending on your rights, etc to install software) would be to download another browser (such as Firebird, etc) and then set it up for a direct internet connection.
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Old 04-02-04, 08:04 AM   #4
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Are you able to see other machines on the network?

Are you able to ping your proxy server?
I can see that there is a connection available, but no, I can not see other machines.

I haven't tried to ping my proxy server.

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Are you connecting wirelessly at work or using the wireless connection at home? If you are using the wireless connection at home, and connect to your home wireless network okay and can ping inside and outside your network at home, then I'd try just setting the connection in IE to "Direct Connection to the Internet" instead of using the proxy. (Note: you'll have to change IE back to using the proxy when you get back and connect from work). Then refresh the page or try and access yahoo or some other site.

Also, if you are running Win 2000, there may be group policies set up to deny you access to the connections tab in IE. There are ways around that depending on what kind of rights, you have on the machine, but if that is the case, the simplest thing to do (depending on your rights, etc to install software) would be to download another browser (such as Firebird, etc) and then set it up for a direct internet connection.
See, I tried setting up the direct connection is the Tool -- Options menu of IE, but I still couldn't get it to work. I think you may be right. The IT guys may have set it up that way so that I couldn't do certain things.

I'll mess around w/ it today and see what I can come up with.

Thanks for the info.
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Old 04-02-04, 01:58 PM   #5
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Usually, when machines on a LAN can't see each other, it's because they're not on the same subnet.

I need to explain a bit about IP addresses first. Of the four parts of an IP address (e.g., 66.7.164.225), the first two determine the domain. DVD Talk has one (66.7.x.x); CNN.com has one (64,236.x.x); etc.

The address 192.168.x.x is special, though - it's used to identify an internal network. Every machine within DVD Talk is publicly identified as 66.7.x.x, but privately identified (i.e., among the machines in Geoff's basement) as 192.168.x.x.

The other two parts identify a subnet and a machine. The "subnet" is a grouping concept, so that all of the machines in a domain aren't all in the same generic pool. And, of course, the machine identifier is unique for each machine on the network.

It's usually true (but not always) that the sixteen bits that comprise the last two digits are evenly split, so that the third number identifies the subnet and the fourth identifies the machine. A large corporation might put the administration computers in the 0 subnet (192.168.0.x), the mail servers in the 1 subnet, the webservers in the 2 subnet, etc.

So here's the key. If the machines in your LAN can see something (e.g., if they can reach the Internet through a router) but can't see each other, they're probably on different subnets. One might have the address 192.168.1.100, and the other might have 192.168.2.100. If you put them on the same subnet, their problems may resolve.

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