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    Dell Inspiron 7500 Wireless Internet Connection Problem

    Not sure how to explain but here does. I'm basically a novice so forgive me if I've messed up the correct technical explanation.

    I have an old Dell Inspiron 7500 with Windows XP SP3. I have a wireless home internet connection. For my teenager, we bought a Mac laptop with an Apple Airport router and changed everything over to the new router connection for both computers to have internet access. The change over was simple and the Mac connects to the internet with no problems however we cannot get the Dell laptop to connect with the Internet. Weíve tried everything. The Internet signal to the Dell is very strong so itís not the airport setup. For the Dell, I put in the web key encryption and thatís okay too. However, I noticed that the Dell only has WEP and our security is now WAP2. Is this the problem and does Dell or Windows XP have an update fix for this? Also, for the Dell I use an Orinoco classic gold PC card. Itís has the old WEP chipset and there is no update for it. If I bought a new pc card that has WAP2, will this do the trick? If so, can you recommend a wireless WAP2 pc card that is compatible with the Inspiron 7500.

    Finally, if there is a Dell or Windows download update that will take care of everything - great, but unfortunately, since I canít access the Internet from the Dell, I canít download anything to upgrade. PS Ė Iím using the Mac to send this email.

    Thanks in advance.

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    The encryption types must match. Your Dell probably does not have WPA2 available as an option. If you disabled the onboard wireless network adapter and purchased a new one that has WPA2 you should be good to go.

    http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCateg...top-Networking

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    Thanks for your prompt response. Again, I'm a novice at this stuff. So when you say I should disable the onboard wireless network adapter and purchase a new one I'm assuming you mean a new wireless pc card, i.e. Orinoco gold or equivalent that has WPA2. If so, do you have any recommendations.

    Thanks,
    artcal

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    If you are replacing the existing PCMCIA card (PC Card) wireless network adapter, then the one listed below should work with your Airport router. It has WPA2 capability. Just remove your old card and install this one, and load the drivers.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16839218001

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    Or, how about something quite a bit smaller?


    TRENDnet TEW-648UB IEEE 802.11b/g, IEEE 802.11n Draft 2.0 USB 2.0 Mini Wireless Adapter Up to 150Mbps Wireless Data Rates 64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2-RADIUS, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK - $26.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...&Tpk=tew-648ub


    D-Link DWA-131 IEEE 802.11b/g/n USB 2.0 Wireless Nano Adapter Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA & WPA2) Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) Push Button - $29.78
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-293-_-Product


    (I use the first one frequently on customer's desktop PCs that don't have wireless capabilities, on older laptops that don't have WPA2, etc.. Works great).

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