Local Access Only With Wireless Using Windows Vista


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Have a new Netgear wireless router and can connect to it, but can only get local access only, no internet.
Tried a few things with no luck so far.
The one thing that did work was eliminating the wireless security, but dont want to leave it that way.
Seems like this is a common problem with Vista.

Can anyone help?



Go to the Device Mgr, expand Network Adapters and look for yellow or red flags. It's most likely that the driver is missing or needs to be updated.

If there's any driver at all, then the led lights near the ethernet cable will be on.

Uninstall the existing driver (but do not delete it) and reboot.
The system should find the device and use the autoconfig feature to install the
correct one.


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Make sure you get the latest firmware for the Netgear router.
Do a factory Reset on the Router before you use it.
Setup the router using it's own Wizard if your not sure how to set it up?

Make sure SSID: Name is what you want to use don't use My_Net900 use MYNET900
Use Passcode your create instead of WPS method
Before you test WiFi out use a wired connection on the laptop giving you issues and make sure it can connect to the internet wired. Then disable wired connection on the adapter then enable WiFi on the PC or laptop.
Make sure it can see SSID you have chosen and type in Passcode (aka password)

Once it syncs up to your PC you should not see any warnings. If you do reboot the PC again.
Also reboot the WiFi Router and the Internet Modem So it Syncs up correctly. If you still have issues.
Might have to reset the Internet Modem but call up your ISP and let them walk you through the process.


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Hey dolsen. First off, are you sure you have an internet signal on your modem and router led's?
I'm curious as to why you think this is a common problem with Vista
Also, have you been able to connect before with another router and did you buy this new router because of a previous connection problem. Also, what version of Vista (32 or 64 bit) are you on and what Service Pack level is your pc on?