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    i have inherited an old laptop it's ok for surfing the net. It is detecting my sky broadband but it wont connect, it just says validating identity, and windows was unable to find the certificate to log you on to the network.

    laptop is fujitsu siemens lifebook s6010

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    Click wireless icon in your task bar
    In the left hand side of the window under related tasks choose "Change advanced settings"
    Click on the wireless network tab
    Select your network and click properties
    Click on the authentication tab
    Make sure the Enable IEEE 802.1x authentication for this network is unticked
     
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    Wireless configuration
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    The network password needs to be 40bits or 104bits depending on your network configuration.
    This can be entered as 5 or 13 ascii characters or 10 or 26 hexadecimal characters.
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    OK
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    Eh, my key is 8 characters, and yes it's correct. And the above message pops up.
     
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    Ok, so did unpicking the IEE 802.1x fix the certificate problem?

    If it did and this is the new error message you're getting then is the security on your router WPA2?

    And what OS are you running on the laptop, if XP and its not on Service Pack 2 or above then you'll need to grab this hot fix to enable WPA2 support

    http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=1974
     
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    Although you'd be better getting SP3 if its XP

    http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=24

    I peter the admin download as it enables you to save the SP3 file to a usb key or other drive so you can re-apply it whenever you fell or can apply it to other xp machines.
     
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    done it still got the same message limited or no conectivity
     
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    Is the security WEP/WPA/WPA2 ?
     
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    how do i find that out,
     
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    data encryption is wep
     
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    Ah, if its WEP then you didn't need the WPA2 patch although installing SP3 (did you install SP3 or just the hot fix?) obviously has a lot of security fixes so it helps in other areas.

    Are you sure the WEP key you are typing in is correct? It is case sensitive.

    Also WEP keys are either 5 characters or 13 characters for 64bit/128bit keys respectively

    However.

    The network key on the bottom of a sky router is for WPA-PSK (Pre Shared Key).

    Does the wifi card in your laptop support WPA? If not then it would be better to get a WPA/2 compatible wifi card/dongle rather then compromise the security of your wifi network (WEP is incredibly weak).

    If however you want to change your sky router to use WEP then

    Log onto the router (192.168.0.1) using a wired connection
    Click Wireless settings
    tick the radio box next to WEP
    You will now see a WEP security encryption window.

    Change the encryption strength to 128 bit
    type in the key you wish to use.
    Click the generate button
    Copy Key 1
    Click apply
     
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    i installed sp3

    i don't really want to mes about with the router, think i'll bite the bullet and buy one of the dongle is there any spec that I should look out for or will pretty much any do, are there any I should steer clear of or look out for.

    thanks again, you've been most helpful
     
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    Pretty much any will do, might as well get one that (at least supports WPA ;) ) is 802.11b/g/n compatible the N part will allow faster transfer rates (although only really noticed on internal network transfer speeds).

    SP3 on your laptop increases its protection against security issues, just schedule windows update to run every tuesday around midnight (as Microsoft release security patches on "Patch Tuesday" unless critical, midnight GMT will offset the USA time)
     
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