Says I am not connected, but I can access the internet

Networking, Internet, Wireless

Networking, Internet, Wireless
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Says I am not connected, but I can access the internet

  • I have recently installed a D-Link wireless network router and I have no clue what is going on. When I try to connect, it does not bring up the screen to allow me to put in my password, and then it says, "Not Connected" yet I can access internet pages and my instant messaging services work. What is going on and where did I go wrong with my setup??
  • Are you running both the utility that comes with the network card and the Windows built in utility?  If so, then you may be connected through one, but not the other.  Which icon are you clicking on in the notification (system tray) area that tells you that you are not connected?

    Steve

  • The Windows icon says I'm not connected, and that's what it says when I go to "View Available Wireless Connections."  There really isn't an icon for the wireless router itself (D-Link brand router).
  • There will never be an icon for the router.  I asked about an icon for the wireless network card utility.  It appears that it is the utility that comes with the wireless network card (again, I did not say router), that is managing your network connections.  This will either be the Intel Proset utility, if your computer has the Intel wireless card, or the Dell utilty, if your computer has the Dell wireless card.   If you want Windows to manage your wireless network (the better choice in my opinion), you need to open the card's utility and check the box to let Windows manage the wireless connection.

    Steve

  • sorry about that -- Yes, windows is already managing my wireless device.  My wireless card is an Intel PRO/Wireless 2200 BG
  • Also, I'm trying to set up my wireless network so I have to type in the network key every time someone wants to get access.  I have it so it reads as a, "Security-enabled wireless network" but when I click to connect, it doesn't ask for the network key.  Any help on this??
  • If you can get to View Available Wireless networks, click on "Change the order of preferred networks" in the box on the left.  Select your wireless network from the list, then click on the Properties button.  A box should open up where you can enter the type of encryption and the network key.

    Steve

  • I've done that too.  I really don't know what else to do at this point.
  • Are you accessing your network or someone else's network?  Are you even accessing the internet by wireless?  Are you sure you are not plugged into the router by ethernet or connected to a broadband modem by USB?  I get the feeling that you have no idea how your network is even set up?  Perhaps if you explained your setup we could more easily help.

    Steve

  • I installed all the software for the wireless router just as I was told to by the installation wizard.  I currently have one ethernet cord going from the ISP modem into the WAN port on my wireless router.  Then, I have a cord going from Port 1 on the router into my ethernet port on my laptop.  I've now changed so many settings on my computer trying to figure this out that I have "limited or no connectivity" for my Local Area Connection and cannot access the internet while running the wires through the wireless router.  Please help!!
  • Without knowing what you changed (did you keep any notes on the changes?) it is awfully difficult to know where to start.  You could try System Restore to get back to where you were before you lost connectivity.  Note that with your original problem, were you connected by a wired ethernet connection when your wireless connection said you weren't connected?  If so, this would explain why you could access the internet even though the wireless was not connected.  If you are trying to connect by wireless, you need to unplug the ethernet connection.

    Steve