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Q: Unable to connect to my unsecured network

So I'm back to my house I rent during school. My roommate some how restarted our wireless and now it is unsecured. I'm only back for 2 or 3 days so I figure I don't care and just use it unsecured. Well my Vista isn't allowing me to conect to it becuase it's unsecured. Some security setting or something. I can't find the place to turn it off though.

Any help?

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I have two laptops that were connected to a network called WLAN. It was an excellent connection then one day poof gone off both laptops. It has appeared on list a few times since with low and then excellent but can't seem to reconnect. Got onto some low linksys to type this but that also comes and goes off of list. What happened? One laptop uses windows xp and one windows 7. We also have other free unsecured networks in the city so I lugged the windows 7 one that has a battery down to the river to pick up another free one but it also wouldn't connect gave me some network solution about unplugging routers or something and I don't have any routers. Got one message a lot about disabling something but then got this mssg network did not assign a network address to the computer. How can I find out what happened? I want my WLAN back but don't know how to find anything. It isn't even on the list sometimes. I don't know anything about these systems but I copied down the physical address but don't know what that means and the IP address and subnet mask but it all is just numbers and letters to me. What do I need to do or get to find out who manages this network? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

A:can't connect to unsecured network

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so my girlfriend bought a new computer a toshiba sattelite brand new with windows 7 and it has internet connection problems. It only connects to the internet in the dorm which is unsecure but with limited connectivity there is no router in the dorm but it is their internet they are not borrowing it from someone else. her roomates can connect with windows 7. It also will only connect with limited connection at her house and it always says that the correct connection key is missmatched. I am going there tomorrow with my laptop to try and figure it out can you help me / any suggestions

A:unsecured network will not connect

Quote: Originally Posted by truckerhucker

so my girlfriend bought a new computer a toshiba sattelite brand new with windows 7 and it has internet connection problems. It only connects to the internet in the dorm which is unsecure but with limited connectivity there is no router in the dorm but it is their internet they are not borrowing it from someone else. her roomates can connect with windows 7. It also will only connect with limited connection at her house and it always says that the correct connection key is missmatched. I am going there tomorrow with my laptop to try and figure it out can you help me / any suggestions


Turn off encryption (passwords)
disable firewall and AV (JUST TO TEST)
check to see if she is running homegroup or workgroup

Check to see if she has a win 7dvd to do a repair install



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my friend has a HP laptop with window vista sp1. he can't connect to the internet if it's secured with or without wire connection. however, he can connect to the network if it's unsecured.

the router is Cisco E2000 and my other roommate (acer, windows 7) and i (mac) can connect to the network without a problem. all of his network adapters are updated, and we've tried everything as far as google can tell me but nothing works.

please help! Thanks!
here's ipconfig /all setting

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name : TheShadow
Primary Dns Suffix :
Node Type : Hybrid
IP Routing Enabled : No
WINS Proxy Enabled : No

Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection:

Media State : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix :
Description : Atheros AR5007 802.11b/g WiFi Adapter
Physical Address : 00-1E-4C-9E-F1-14
DHCP Enabled : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled : Yes

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix:
Description : NVIDIA nForce 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet
Physical Address : 00-00-00-00-00-00
DHCP Enabled : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled : Yes
Link-local IPv6 Address : fe80::f126:2669:d301:4f7%8(Preferred)
Autoconfiguration IPv4 Address :
Subnet Mask :
Default Gateway :
DHCPv6 IAID : 201333540
DHCPv6 Client DUID : 00-01-00-01-0E-FA-91-2B-00-1B-24-EF-0D-B1

DNS Servers : fec0:0:0:ffff::1%2
NetBIOS over Tcpip : Enabled

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A:Local only but able to connect with unsecured network

The ethernet problem may be a defective cable or NIC or a mis-configured, corrupted or out-of-date non-Windows firewall or security suite.

The following was put together mostly by etaf with a little help from me.

Atheros AR5007EG & AR5007
We have been seeing a lot of problems with the above adapters for about a year, mainly concerning WPA and WPA2 encryption and windows Vista.

The adapter gets an IP configuration, and shows as connected, but communication is non-existent or sporadic.

Log into the Router and disable the wireless security and see if you are now able to connect to the internet and surf OK.
--- Please post back here if that works or does not work.

Here are a number of possible solutions

--- 1) In Device Manager right click on the wireless adapter and "update driver." That apparently has worked for some posters.

--- 2) Download and install the latest wireless driver from your laptop manufacturer's web site support section, as some manufactures, appear to now have a working driver available.
Toshiba - update has worked for some PCs
HP The latest HP Atheros driver dated Sept 2010 has fixed the issue - so check the driver date, However, that does NOT apply to all HPs / Compaqs machines
- the poster did an online scan for driver updates on the HP website here HP Product Detection which resulted in a solution. Solved: Can't connect to internet wirelessly - ... Read more

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My brother who lives in house above me has a wirles network, unsecured, and i can't connect to it. When i try after a while just nothing happens, says AUTOMATIC when i look on aviable networks and in the right cornet seys NOT CONNECTED of course, why it won't connect? Can anyone help me please? I have XW SP2, Intel PRO wireless 2200BG,
ipconfig/all is

Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : kappy
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : Yes
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : 3Com 3C920 Integrated Fast Ethernet
Controller (3C905C-TX Compatible)
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-E0-91-03-1B-C6

Ethernet adapter Network Bridge:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : MAC Bridge Miniport
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 02-E3-B4-71-C6-3E
Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . :
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :

A:Cant connect to unsecured wireless network

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Hello everyone,

I have a Gateway NV53 laptop that has no problem connecting to the Internet at home, whether when it's connected with the wire, or wireless (with our own secured wireless network).

However, whenever I go in a coffee shop or anywhere else that has a unsecured network for customers, it won't connect, no matter how strong the signal is.

Anyone can help me???

Thank you so much!

A:Gateway NV53 won't connect to unsecured network

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trying to connect to my friends unsecured wireless network with a linksys wireless g usb adapter wusb54gc. he gave
me permission and said it was fine. im using a hp pavilion ze 4600 laptop, with windows xp.

the linksys monitor saids "youre connected to the access point but cant connect to the internet."

this is some of my ipconfig /all info

Ethernet adapter Wireless Network Connection 9

Connection -specific DNS suffix Belkin
Description Compact Wireless g USB adapter
Physical address 00-21-29-6d-52-90
dhcp enabled yes
autoconfiguration enabled yes
ip address
subnet mask
default gateway
dhcp server
dns servers
and this is whats displayed on my linksys monitor as
the info to the link in question just in case its helpful

Status Connected ip address
ssid wifi gerardo network subnet ma255.255.255.0

wireless mode infrastructure default gateway192.168.21
transfer rate 36.0 mbps dns
channel 1(2.412 ghz) dhcp client enabled
security disabled mac address 0-1c-df-c5-09-98

authentication open system

i have already tried the ipconfig release then the renew to no sucess. i uninstalled the software to the adapter and
re installed it. i tried with all firewalls anti virus completely
off. the owner of the network is just a casual friend
who i dont want to bother and ask if i can fiddle with his
network settings.

does anybody have any other ideas or suggestions?
since its an unse... Read more

A:unable to connect to friends unsecured wireless connection internet cannot be found

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my HP Mini 110 shows me my neighbors unsecured internet but it will not connect to it he claims he didnt do anything to it and insists that it may be my laptop i tried a few things i mean very few im lazy and am tired of dealing with electronic failures it happens often to me... anyway my built in wireless card is a Broadcom 802.11b/g WLAN
i also have a VZW USB modem PANTECH UM175 #3 (COM7) that will connect to its default network VZAccess and yet it too does not connect to my neighbors internet also when i try to enter credentials it says i dont need them

any ideas?

A:HP mini 110 shows the unsecured network but wont connect to it

ok so far i have tried uninstalling the driver and reinstalling it and still no go and hes the only other hot spot near by other then me using my pricey VZaccess network

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Hi I'm hoping someone on here can help.
I'll try and keep this brief, we were having problems with our netgear router (DGN1000) mainly with connection when online gaming with PS3, generally poor connection - so purchased a TP-Link router (TD-W8960N). We could usually access the netgear wirelessly on our laptops Dell and Acer Aspire 4820T (both Windows 7) without any problems and were still doing so last night. However hubby attempted to install the new router last night and all seemed to go fine but after installing we couldn't connect to the wireless network through laptops, iphone ps3 etc - even though we could see the network with excellent strength, after hours of trying called TP-Link they went through everything they could think of and still no joy. Gave up in the end and went to reinstall the netgear Router and now we have the same problem with this router, even though earlier in the night it wasn't a problem - we deleted the previous networks so there was nothing stored in memory & tried everything we can think of (although neither of us are brilliant with IT we do usually get by).
We even set up an unsecured wireless network (on both routers) and still couldn't connect - any advice would be greatly received - many thanks

A:Solved: Can no longer connect wirelessly to secured or unsecured home network

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Ok guys, here it is: I have just moved into a new house where my girlfriend brought her router, because my Linksys WRK54G constantly disconnected and is better used as a doormat. My girlfriend has a WRT300N router that has been working fine for the past 2 years. I have a non wirelesss build computer, as well as my roommate. We hardline into the router and are able to connect if I have a secure password or not. Now my girlfriend has a Apple Macbook Pro, a iTouch iPod as well as myself. The MacBook Pro and the ipods do not connect to a secured internet. I have upgraded the firmware on the router thinking that was it.....and its not. The options I have to secure are WEP (i was told out of date) , WPA, WPA2 both with personal and enterprise editions, and RADIUS. Whenever I try to setup wireless with any of these security options, the ipods and Macbook cannot connect wirelessly. Am I doing something wrong? I've tried 10, 20,21, and 25 digit pins....to no availability. I don't want to leave my internet unsecured for obvious reasons. Please help!

A:Wireless will only connect unsecured

Try WPA-PSK, TKIP with a passphrase of 8 or more characters--letters and digits mixed and no special characters except for real "simple" ones like space and minus. Disable that newfangled pin or WPS stuff. This is overly conservative advice, but it should work for all your devices and it gives you a secure network.

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Went to the city library today - laptop wouldn't connect to any unsecured network. The library does not offer wifi, but you can detect 4-5 several unsecured networks nearby. I wasn't able to connect to any of them. One of them said "Public" - not sure who it belonged to - but the icon beside it was not the typical signal bars. Couldn't tell what it was - looked like maybe a LAN connection, three entities connected to each other. Haven't seen that in the network list before. I could connect to that one, but after a minute or so the connection was dropped.

I've never had a problem connecting to unsecured networks. In fact, I packed up from the dud library and went up the road to a neighboring town library and connected to their unsecured network just fine.

Any ideas why this happens?

A:Can't connect to certain unsecured networks

Quote: Originally Posted by Colonel Travis

Went to the city library today - laptop wouldn't connect to any unsecured network. The library does not offer wifi, but you can detect 4-5 several unsecured networks nearby. I wasn't able to connect to any of them. One of them said "Public" - not sure who it belonged to - but the icon beside it was not the typical signal bars. Couldn't tell what it was - looked like maybe a LAN connection, three entities connected to each other. Haven't seen that in the network list before. I could connect to that one, but after a minute or so the connection was dropped.

I've never had a problem connecting to unsecured networks. In fact, I packed up from the dud library and went up the road to a neighboring town library and connected to their unsecured network just fine.

Any ideas why this happens?

Ho colonol

Yep configuration. Many things determine if you are going to be able to connect. Not just encrypted/not encrypted. Broadcasting ssid, or not, mac address enabled or not IPv6 or not. If you are frequently looking to log on to unknown networks htere are third party apps that will "sniif" out the protocols for you.

Used legally these can make it easier to connect in public networks. Be really careful. There is a ral risk of being caught if used illegally. DONT

Hope that hellped a bit

Ken J+

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For some reason I can't connect to a unsecured network on Win7.

The signal is 'Good', and it's a hotspot. I try to connect to it, I just get

"Windows was unable to connect to network-name."

I troubleshoot, but it just tells me to reset the router, but it's not even my AP.

Can anyone help? Thanks.

A:Can't connect to Unsecured Networks.

Are you using a Static IP? Try changing it to automatically obtain an IP address: Change TCP/IP settings

Windows Outreach Team

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i'm using a dell inspiron 8600, sp3. i've never had problems accessing the internet until a few weeks ago when i moved. i was slated to join in on my roommmates network, but for some reason I cannot connect. Or more precisely, I connect for about 2 seconds, and I'm immediately bumped off. My roommates tried to fix it, but in vain. the signal is coming in strong on my computer, so I'm not sure what the issue is. any help is definitely welcomed.

A:perpetual acquiring network address/unable to connect to roommates network

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I am hoping that someone can help me.
We have three computers at home two which are connected to router and working fine and my laptop.
My laptop was connecting to my home wireless network until my daughter used it last. Now it will not connect at all
I used to have to follow the steps below for some reason and then it would connect fine:
Wireless network connections
Change advanced settings
Wireless Networks tab
Then into properties for my wireless network and in association retype my password and then it would connect. (it seemed like to much work every time but it still worked)
There was other networks in the list which i deleted and wireless network connection shows that the network connection strength is excellent but it just seems to get stuck aquiring the network address. I have tried repair etc.

Can someone please help me with this as maybe it's just something simple!!

A:Unable to connect to wireless network acquiring network addressaddress

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My girlfriend was recently staying at a hostel where she was using their secured wireless network without any problem (they gave her the wep code). Now she moved into another hostel where they have unsecured wi-fi. Everyone there can connect but her. She can see the network but when she tries to connect, it says "try another network" she tried all the other unsecured networks with the same results. What could have happened from just moving to a new location. Is there something she can check for in her settings? I am not with her so I cannot get on the computer to help her. Thanks in advance for any help.

A:Girlfriend's laptop can see unsecured networks but cannot connect?

Remove all the wireless networks, reboot and try again.

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The title pretty much sums it up. I'm running windows 7 on a brand new samsung q430 laptop with an atheros AR9285 network adaptor.
I'm currently in a work camp with 3 public networks in range, none of which my laptop will connect to. The signals are strong, but upon attempting to connect, the "windows was unable connect to [network name] message appears almost instantly. A coworker with a Dell laptop running windows 7 has no trouble connecting, and I'm currently typing this message on my first gen iPod touch, which also connects without any drama.

Any help with this situation would be GREATLY appreciated. y

A:Laptop won't connect to unsecured wireless networks

Make sure you have the latest wireless driver from Samsung's web site.

Make sure you do not have a non-Windows firewall or security suite blocking networking (many new PCs include one pre-installed).

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I have a dell insperon laptop with windows xp. i connect to the church's wifi across the street last night my connection ended and I am unable to reconnect. the connection is through linksys and is an unsecured wireless network but it keeps saying unable to connected to linksys

A:laptop wont connect to unsecured wifi

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I wonder if anyone can help. We recently installed a new wireless router, and all the other computers in our house can access the internet. But for some reason I can only connect to the network, even though it says there's full connectivity.

I called the customer careline for our internet providers, and they said it was a problem with my computer settings, rather than the router. But they said they couldn't advise me any further unless I paid for it, hence my need to look for advice elsewhere....


A:Can connect to network, but unable to connect to internet

Hi carrickfergus, and welcome to TSG!

Please do the following:

Press the Windows key + R to open a Run box.

Type CMD.

Press OK.

In the Command Prompt, type ipconfig /all.

Press Enter.
Copy (right-click and Select All > press Enter) the entire content of that window and paste it to your next reply.

Use a working computer to download and copy HijackThis to a USB flash drive. Plug it into your faulty computer and install the program:

Please click HERE to download HijackThis.

Run it and select Do a system scan and save a logfile from the Main Menu.

The log will be saved in Notepad. Copy and paste the log in your next post.

IMPORTANT: Do not fix anything

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Hi there,

Running Vista Home Premium withOUT SP1.

I'm trying to automatically connect to the same unsecured wireless network. When I connect to it I choose to Save it.

When I go to "Network and Sharing Center" --> "Manage wireless networks" I see the unsecured wireless network in the list. When I right click on it and click Properties I see this dialog box(Wireless Network properties):

no options for automatically connect

I'm sure it is possible as I have seen this screenshot:

From what I have found out so far, when you choose to Save a network an xml file is created in:
with a filename like:
I've compared the xml files created when you join an unsecured network and when you join a secured network. I noticed that the secured networks have these two extra keys in the xml file:
the former maps to "Connect even if the network is not broadcasting" and the latter maps to "Connect to a more preferred network if available" checkboxes when you open up the "Wireless Network properties" dialog box. Another key is:
which maps to "Connect automatically when this network is in range". I've tried editing this value from "manual" to... Read more

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i think i may have gotten hacked when i connected to an unsecured network. I'm wondering what is the worst thing that could happen? My AIM put itself on mobile and kicked me off. i don't even have a cellphone. Also, what are some measures i should take to stop the hacking/and or virus. i am going to reformat my computer today, but is that enough? im worried about my ip address not changing and the person peeping at my passwords and/or attacking me.

A:Unsecured network

I also got kicked off of the wireless network twice, thanks again for reading this

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Pls help, i've just realised that my wireless network is unsecured. How do I make it a secure network (Belkin 54g). We have a desktop pc and a laptop used daily and occasionally work laptops are brought home.
I was worried when the police moved someone on from outside my house who was apparently using my internet??? I'm confused

A:unsecured network!

Hi there,
Click start>run and type 'cmd'.
Type 'ipconfig' in here.
get you're default gateway and type in into the address bar in an internet explorer window. go to security settings. Set it to wpa/psk and set a password.
hope this helps.

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I moved my desktop computer away from its cable modem,bought a router and the setup was successful and I now have internet access in my new computer position, but. I did enter WEP security numbers during set up but when I look at available wireless connections I can see my own computer and it tells me its an unsecured connection ? am I protected ? any help on this subject would be most helpful, thank you.

A:Unsecured network

You can go into the router's setup page (usually or and enable wireless encryption. Of the two most common standards, WEP and WPA, WPA is more secure. WEP can be cracked by anyone with a brainstem in a matter of minutes, but WPA (especially with a very strong password) is still difficult to crack. You can set up WPA with a password on the router, then you will have to enter the password (formally known as a Pre-Shared Key or PSK) on any computer or device which wants to connect to the network.

Another security measure you can take is to turn off SSID broadcasting for the wireless network from the router. SSID broadcasting is what causes your network to appear in lists of available networks created by devices or computers seeking to connect to a wireless network. Turning it off stops the router broadcasting that your network is available, so nobody will be able to connect to the network unless they know the SSID (the name of your network). If you disable SSID broadcasting, you will need to enter the network name as well as the Pre-Shared Key on any device wishing to connect to the network.

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i have a genuine version of windows7 on my laptop.
the problem is that when i try to connect to a home unsecured wireless connection its connects but with limited connectivity. Although the connects with my xp laptop and the internet works fine on it.
please assist me to make the connection working on win7.

A:windows 7 unable to access to unsecured connection internet.

Have you tried simply configuring encryption on the connection?

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For 2 days now I have battled this problem and have had no joy.

I can connect to unsecured networks fine but when I try to connect to a secured network I fail, ipconfig/all shows the media as disconnected even though it isn't and if I try to connect again to an unsecured network it works fine.

If I use a cable straight into the access point everything works fine. 2 other laptops in the house work fine as well.

I have an HP pavilion laptop zd8000 (zd8007ea to be precise) running XP. I am using a wireless usb dongle which is a kcorp kls-685.

I have posted the ipconfig/all text below. I have the password for the secured network, this problem has happened in various locations and my laptop is the only common denominator, I am sure it is to blame.

Many thanks for your help.


Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.


C:\Documents and Settings\G>ipconfig/all

Windows IP Configuration

Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : L
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

Ethernet adapter Wireless Network Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Wireless 802.11g USB Adapter
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-90-4B-D4-EF-BF
Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.... Read more

A:Wireless wierdness. can connect to unsecured but says media disconnected on secured

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I don't know how to secure my wireless network, but my friends need occasional access so I don't bother. Is there a way to monitor my network and see if a neighbor is getting online on my nickel?

I have XP, a Cisco wireless card, a D link Air Plus Extreme G wireless router.

I'm new here, this is a GREAT board! Thanks for help

A:can I see if anyone else is on my unsecured wrls. network?

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I lost my ISP (long story). Since I will be traveling soon for this whole summer, I decided not to get re-instated and resorted to using unsecured network/s. One is particularly always available with always excellent signal...and my PC is actually faster connected to this network than my own.

I am a little bit concerned about safety. What troubles or problems am I getting myself into with using a network that belongs to someone else? Am I more vulnerable to hacking and such intrusive malevolence? Am I guilty of some kind of piracy (legal or ethical) issues?

Are there safety measures I can observe to minimize untoward events? (Like how should my connection be set up. Public vs private. Network discovery: on vs off. Files and printer sharing:on vs off). I have toggled between all these options and I do not see or sense any difference as far as my system operates.

(BTW, why on earth would anyone allow his network be share-able with the public?)

A:unsecured wireless network

Hi welcome again to the forum.
Lets start with this:-

Using an Unsecured Wireless Network

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I have a problem that to me is oh so complicated but hopefully you great people can help me out.

A couple of days ago I couldn't connect to the internet. My isp wasn't down so it was me. I did a “troubleshoot” and was told to reset my router which I did. Internet was back up and all was well. I went into the router (Trendnet TEW652BRP) and reset my password. I didn't rename it, just changed the pw.

Yesterday I was going to do some online banking but couldn't connect to the banking site. All I got was the “unable to connect” popup. I called the bank and was told the site wasn't down. I called a couple of people and they were also able to connect to the site. I did a check but could find nothing to show the site was being blocked.

I then tried to connect to the banking site from my tablet. Asus TF1-101. I can connect to the site from my tablet. I then looked at the settings and it shows my network is not secure. On the tablet it is named as TRENDnet652 but it is not secure. On my pc I went back in changed the router pw again but on the tablet it still shows as unsecured.

I don't know if it's just me being paranoid or what but it seems strange that I can't get to the site from my computer but can from my unsecured tablet.

Does anyone have any suggestions? Also, how do I go about renaming the network? I've tried to rename but it keeps going back to admin.

Any help you could give me is so greatly appreciated!

A:Solved: Unsecured Network

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Hi, my husband and I have had wireless network for about six months and just realized that we are unsecure. I had to go over and help my neighbor with hers and seen that she could use us and it says unsecure. How do I make us secure? I am VERY NEW to this wireless stuff and have NO IDEA where to start. I need major "dummy" help. Give me instructions, if possible, like you were giving to a two year old! hahaha Thanks!


A:unsecured wireless network

Login to your router and find the wireless section. In there should be something about "security" or "encryption." Enable WPA-PSK (unless you are lucky enough to have WPA2-PSK) and enter a passphrase of at least 20 letters and numbers. Reconnect your wireless computers entering the same passphrase.

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Hi...Would you have any idea why I would have problems connecting to a unsecured wireless server?? TIA

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A friend of mine is moving into a basement suite and her landlord has agreed to let her use their WiFi, but their WiFi has no password on it. The location is around a populated area and countless of people are probably already connected to it so security is her priority. We have already talked to the landlord and they do not plan on adding a password anytime soon.

What do we have to do to secure her devices? She has a Macbook, an iphone, and her boyfriend who has an android phone. We also have an old printer we would like to hookup, but don't want random people printing to it, but the printer isn't high priority.

A:How to protect yourself on an unsecured network?

Connecting to a Wifi without encryption is a very bad idea

Why Using a Public Wi-Fi Network Can Be Dangerous, Even When Accessing Encrypted Websites

?Don?t do your online banking or anything sensitive on a public Wi-Fi network.? The advice is out there, but why can using a public Wi-Fi network actually be dangerous? And wouldn?t online banking be secure, as it?s encrypted?
There are a few big problems with using a public Wi-Fi network. The open nature of the network allows for snooping, the network could be full of compromised machines, or ? most worryingly ? the hotspot itself could be malicious.

Another Source:
3 Dangers Of Logging On To Public Wi-Fi

Unencrypted Browsing Is Public

WiFi uses radio waves, and radio waves are anything but direct. They broadcast, and this means that anyone within range can see everything you?re doing online, if they have the right software.
This means that, without protection, anyone who wants to can see:Every site you visit
Every bit of text you send out
Your login information for various sites
The danger here is clear, so naturally you?re going to want protection. At home, you can encrypt your WiFi network ? this prevents snooping by making all of your traffic unreadable with a key. Public WiFi, however, usually isn?t encrypted ? you can tell this is the case when you don?t need to type a password in order to connect.

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I thought I had secured my wireless network, but when I open the different connection options for wireless, it shows mine as being unsecured even though the router light is on, showing it is secure. Is there something I am doing wrong?

If it helps, I have a Belkin, model # fsd7234-4v1
Also, I live in an apt. and wonder if someone can use my internet

All help will be greatly appreciated

A:Solved: unsecured network?

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Perhaps you will think badly of me but I wanted to tell you about my experience with unsecured networks.

I have just returned from vacation. We went to the beach in NJ. We wanted to take a computer along for basic internet and Email. We have 4 laptops in the house, 2 old, 2 recent. My one daughter insisted we take hers.

We arranged dialup. when we set up the laptop in the vacation house. the laptop could not find its modem. I know it has one, we used it last year. I played with it for awhile but I had no diagnostic tools with me. I thought we were out of luck. Then the Idea came to me. Was there anyone stupid enough not to secure there wireless network, in range of the laptop.

Sure enough, there were two. so, instead of having to put up with dialup, we had a broadband connection.

I guess i feel a little guilty.

I tried to see if he had a network, I wanted to leave him a thankyou note. To tell him I had used his connection and that he really should secure it. But, I'm not a hacker. There was probably a way in, but it was not worth the effort. I'm Basically an honest guy (except, perhaps for BORROWING his broadband).

Anyhow, Thank you NETGEAR in Ocean City New Jersey.

PS. Folks, Pleeeease secure your network.

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there is a unsecured wireless network in my neighborhood, I don't know who has it but anyone can go in and use it to connect to the internet. since i can connect to the wireless router how can i sent a message to this person to inform them to secure the router. WEP might be good... thanks Mark

A:Unsecured Wireless network

There is no smart way. Personally, I'd let sleeping dogs lie. Breaking into their network and sending a message might land you in hot water, and it's certainly contrary to the TSG Rules to participate in such an activity.

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I need real help. I had cable internet 12mbs installed last September (2010) in my one bedroom apartment. Before that, I was connecting to a spotty 1.5mbs network that was open next door (with their permission). I was able to obtain fast and efficient internet access for about 3 or 4 months and then it became intermittent. For the past 2 months I have been unable to connect through my home cable modem/router at all. I have been to the cable company and they have tested the cable modem/router and the signal which comes into the router and out at fast speeds. I have been to the place where I bought my laptop (purchased at Staples last summer). Others can connect though my wifi, but I cannot. It connects but gives me a DNS error. It doesn't matter whether I am hard wired or on wifi.

I am running:

Win 7 Home Premium (64bit) on a compaq CQ62-225NR Notebook with a Vision AMD Athlon II P320 Dual-Core processor.2.10 ghz with 3.00 GB ram (2.74 GB usable)

It contains an Atheros AR9285 802.11 b/g/n WiFi adapter
Realtek PCIe FE Family Controller
Realtek High Definition Audio
Built in pointing device (mouse pad) with a wireless mouse connected through USB 2.0 port.

hard drive: Hitachi HTS725032A9A364 SATA Disk Device

Apparently, for some unknown reason, my computer networking modules can connect to but won't or can't talk to the cable modem/router supplied by my ISP (Charter Communications) but can access the internet though any other wifi serv... Read more

A:Unable to connect to home network but can to any other network

Connect the system to your network and then
please get a command prompt (Start->RUN->CMD) and enter ipconfig /all >myTcp.txt
follow-up with the attachment myTcp.txt which will be in the directory shown in the CMD prompt window.

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Lately whenever I get disconnected from my secure network I am connected to "optimum network" an unsecure network. There is a place where you can uncheck the box that allows that to happen but even though you opt out it does it anyway and the next time you look at that connection the checkmark is back in the box. Any input you have about that would be really appreciated. Thank you

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Interesting issue....if I connect to a WEP encrypted network on this XP Pro laptop internet is no problem. If I connect to an open network, no internet at all... I can get into the router settings but not out to the net. Anyone have any idea?? I'm using the intel proset tool to manage wireless connections. Let me know if you need any further details. Thanks in advance for your help!


A:No internet when connecting to unsecured network

WHat is the your IP address? can you ping anything that is past the router?

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I'm having wireless internet problems and it just doesn't work. Right now, the only reason why my computer is connected to the internet is because there's a wire going from my computer to the linksys router.

Anyway, whenever I click on the little computer icon on my taskbar, my internet shows up but underneath it says that it's unsecured when it should be secured because we have a WEP key. When I click connect, it doesn't ask for the WEP key anymore and it also just doesn't connect.

How do I get it to work wireless again? And how do I get it back to be secured?

A:Unsecured wireless network... but it should be secured!

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I have my own modem/router. So i connect to it via ethernet so wired connection. Sometimes i would use it on wifi. However recently a new internet wifi connection has shown up in my wifi connections and my computer keeps trying to connect to it. Im not sure 100 percent if it has or not but many times it would say limited access etc. I have no clue why it does this.

Is there a way to delete this wifi network along with a few other ones near me? I have my own internet connection thus i only use it only. I checked online and went to network connections but for some reason don't see this internet connection at all. How is that the case?

When i check my wifi connections, it shows it all the way at the bottom along with a yellow exclamation point. I have no idea why my laptop keeps trying to connect to it. I also have tons of issues connecting to my main internet connect because of this. Anyone know why?

A:Laptop Keeps Connecting To Unsecured Wifi Network?

It has also shown as connected to that wifi network. If thats the case, why cant i delete it in the network connections option? I dont see it at all. Its very strange. How did this wifi connection even show up?

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Hi BC community, this is my first post here.

I just moved into a studio apt and my landlord has wireless Internet included in my rent. I was usuing his connection withno problems for a few days, However, since day before yesterday it started booting me off the connection and will NOT reconnect unless I call him and have him reset the router. Once the router is reset, the connection will work fine for about 20 mins and then kick me off again. Does this have anything to do with the fact that it's unsecured? Should I have him secure the connection and provide me with a password?

I'm running an Acer Aspire 6530 laptop with vista SP2. Any help would be appreciated! Mahalos!

A:Trouble maintaining a connection to an unsecured network

What are you doing while connected to the wireless network?

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I live at my friend's house and share her router. I had no problem connecting to her orange network (she has a network key for it), until this past friday when all of a sudden, it would no longer show on my available networks and now only "linksys" network shows. That works, but it says it is unsecured. When I check my list of networks, the orange network has an X on it, BUT she is able to connect her laptop to the orange network.

We cannot figure out why only mine won't connect. I get nervous when it says unsecure network.


A:Solved: only connecting to unsecured linksys network

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yes amazingly enough our city offers that. I think it is the only one in Canada but it is great when it works! lol I'm sorry I did not clarify that but you are right. I seemed to have joined this forum a long time ago and have not reread the rules. So my bad. I will talk only about my issues with the legal connection. I get the reset something but when I go to repair to do that it just doesn't work. It goes on and off the available list on both the laptops which made me think it was maybe a network issue but the tech guys from the city are not bothering to call little old me back and I doubt they will so if anyone has any suggestions of things to try in the meantime I will be grateful. thank you.

A:problems connecting to legal unsecured network

What city in Canada would that be?

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How long does your MAC-address stays in the logbook of an unsecured wifi modem,router when I have used this for surfing the internet ?

A:Logging of your MAC-address when surfing on unsecured network ?

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I have multiple pc's on home network. Each pc has its weird things going on.
I understand that each PC has to be addressed separately but, I didn't know if knowing what the others are doing would be helpful. I figured more info is better so for overall context, here are some of the issues from all PC's: settings change, programs close, cross scripting, captcha's on searches, browser redirects, power profile added, etc..
This started several months ago & I've tried to do what I could to fix them (bad idea, now I know) eventually frustration led to purchasing a new pc.
Well, shortly after connecting the new PC to the network (with all others disconnected) it started acting up. So I disconnected it.
Later I realized the common thing was the Verizon Router. Turns out this router has been failing thier updates, security, Http/Https, and wide open for almost 1 year. Nice of them to inform me. Anyhow, I now have a new "updated" router from Verizon, however, I'm still working off the old router for fear of infecting the new one. Not sure what to do there.
Moving along....
***This is for the new PC only, it has very little run time so hopefully isn't too bad*** 
Slow to boot & shutdown.
Will flash the Mfr intro screen several times before getting to logon screen.
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A:Unsecured Router possible network infection. Setting changes, etc.

==================== One Month Modified files and folders ========
(If an entry is included in the fixlist, the file/folder will be moved.)
2016-10-06 21:23 - 2016-03-07 04:27 - 00836176 _____ C:\Windows\system32\PerfStringBackup.INI
2016-10-06 21:18 - 2016-03-07 04:37 - 00000000 __RHD C:\Users\Public\AccountPictures
2016-10-06 16:53 - 2016-04-28 07:44 - 00000000 ____D C:\Windows\System32\Tasks\ASUS
2016-10-06 16:52 - 2016-04-28 07:39 - 00834360 _____ C:\Windows\SysWOW64\PerfStringBackup.INI
2016-10-06 16:48 - 2016-04-28 07:45 - 00000000 ____D C:\Windows\PCCleanupContextMenu
2016-10-06 16:48 - 2016-04-28 07:44 - 00000000 ____D C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Drivers\MFDLL
2016-10-06 16:48 - 2016-03-07 04:11 - 00000000 ____D C:\Windows\SysWOW64\OEM
2016-10-06 16:46 - 2016-04-28 07:44 - 00000000 ____D C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\ASUS
2016-10-06 16:46 - 2016-04-28 07:44 - 00000000 ____D C:\ProgramData\ASUS
2016-10-06 16:46 - 2016-04-28 07:41 - 00000000 ____D C:\ProgramData\Realtek
2016-10-06 16:46 - 2016-04-28 07:41 - 00000000 ____D C:\Program Files (x86)\REALTEK PCIE Wireless LAN Driver
2016-10-06 16:46 - 2016-04-28 07:39 - 00000000 ___RD C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Intel
2016-10-06 16:46 - 2016-04-28 07:38 - 00000000 ____D C:\Program Files (x86)\ASM104xUSB3
2016-10-06 16:46 - 2016-04-28 07:37 - 00000000 ____D C:\ProgramData\Intel
2016-10-06 16:46 - 2016-04-28 07:37 - 00000000 ____D C:\Program Files (x86)\Intel
2016-10-06 16:46 - 2016-04-28... Read more

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I am helping setup a small office network. One new computer using Vista Home. Installed wireless network card and ran software. Found and established connection to wireless network in the office.

Then....I setup the network to be secured, connected with a Win XP computer with no problems using the correct key. Did the same process with the Vista computer, found the network, asked for key, entered correct key and have limited connection. Reset everything on network. Switched back to unsecured and hooked right up. Disabled firewall, the only thing running is McAfee Total Protection, no firewalls. Same problem.

Any suggestions?


A:Limited on secure network fine on unsecured

NO much help here, all I can add is to make sure all WORKGROUP names are the same on the network.

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I have been trying to connect to my university's network, but I am unable. I USED to be able, but now something changed and I can't. I am pretty sure that my Ethernet card is working properly, since when I plug in the cord I get a blinking green light, and it says that the driver is installed and working properly. Plus, when I run IPCONFIG, it gives me an IP Address and Subnet Mask. However, it does NOT give me either a Connection-Specific DNS Suffix nor a Default Gateway. I checked, and I am pretty sure that I have no firewalls (including the built-on XP one) running. Any idea why I can get an IP address and not connect to the network? My computer is registered with the university, and I used to be able to get online.
Thank you!!!!

A:Unable to connect to network

Can you connect to any other site on the Internet? If you can the problem is probably not with your side of the connection.

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