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I tried to set up a WPA security code on my wireless router (linksys WRT54G)
and my access point (Linksys WAP54G) to no avail. The wired computer that is
hooked into the router was fine, but the access point and computers trying to
connect to it would not connect. It kept saying it was "acquiring network
address" and I could see the signal broadcast as 54 and Excellent but it
could not get an address - I even tried putting in an IP address myself,
gateway, DNS, as instructed on the Linksys website but that wouldn't let me
get internet connection. I would love to be able to have the WPA on there,
but after a few hours of fighting with it I reset the router and access point
to just give up and leave it without security (I'm in a rural area). But now
I Have ANOTHER issue and I think this time it's Windows XP. I have two
computers connecting to the access point - one does XP home SP1, the other is
upgraded to XP Home SP2. The one with SP1 has no issues since the access
point reboot - it is connected and stays connected, no problem with internet.
The one with SP2 keeps kicking itself off and losing internet. I tried
powering down all the wireless devices and my internet DSL router, restarting
the SP2 computer, it'll connect for a while but again, it kicks itself off
for no apparent reason. I only have one SSID, the access point is acting as a
repeater. I have it automatically detecting the ISP, etc - although the
router is set up as DCHP automatic, and the access point I noticed is set up
as Static IP - I'm not sure if this is making the trouble...and like I said
the SP1 computer has been fine...

Is there some other wireless update I need for the SP2 computer and that's
why it's kicking itself off? Prior to the whole WPA attempt and reset of
router/AP I was having NO PROBLEMS so I'm very frustrated. I contacted
Linksys (ugh) and they got it connected again but it's having issues -
issues!! I know the location, etc, is fine, because it was working
flawlessly....I'm just wondering if because of the reset and SP2 upgrade now
something isn't functioning correctly...PLEASE HELP!! I'm so frustrated and
just want my flawless wireless back!
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