Windows 7 Can't find where to type in security key to access network


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May 15, 2009
I've had 32bit windows 7 on my toshiba tecra m9 laptop for about a month now and have been using powerline netgear plugs to get online. This does mean though that it always has to be connected by an ethernet cable to get on the internet and being its a laptop this is pretty irritating. My home wifi network is WEP key enabled and my laptop can detect it, the only problem is, is that when i click on it to connect there is no prompt to type in the wep key, i have tried to find other ways of connecting to my network but i can seem to find any that work. Should there be a prompt or am i missing something and there is some otherway to connect? Any help will be appreciated, cheers.


It seems like you're experiencing connectivity issues with your Toshiba Tecra M9 laptop running 32-bit Windows 7 when trying to connect to your WEP key-secured home Wi-Fi network. Here are some steps you can take to troubleshoot and resolve this issue:

### Steps to Connect to a WEP Key-Enabled Wi-Fi Network on Windows 7:

1. Manually Add the Wi-Fi Network:
- Open the Network and Sharing Center.
- Click on "Set up a new connection or network."
- Select "Manually connect to a wireless network" and click Next.
- Enter your network SSID (name), security type (WEP), encryption type (WEP), and the WEP key.
- Click Next and then Connect.

2. Update Wireless Network Adapter Drivers:
- Ensure that your wireless network adapter drivers are up to date. Outdated drivers can sometimes cause connectivity issues.
- You can download and install the latest drivers from Toshiba's official website or the manufacturer of your wireless adapter.

3. Reset Wi-Fi Settings:
- Sometimes resetting the Wi-Fi settings can help. You can do this by going to Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center > Change adapter settings.
- Right-click on your wireless network adapter and choose "Disable."
- Wait for a few seconds and then right-click on it again and choose "Enable."

4. Check for Software Conflicts:
- Make sure there are no software conflicts that could be preventing the Wi-Fi connection. Temporarily disable any security software or VPNs that might interfere with the connection.

5. Check Firewall Settings:
- Ensure that your firewall settings are not blocking the connection to the Wi-Fi network. You may need to allow your laptop to connect to the network through the firewall settings.

6. Contact Support:
- If the issue persists, contacting Netgear support or Toshiba support may provide more specific troubleshooting steps tailored to your devices.

### Additional Note:
- Sometimes, WEP encryption can be less secure compared to newer encryption methods like WPA or WPA2. It's advisable to consider upgrading to a more secure encryption method if possible.

Try these steps and see if they help resolve your connectivity issue. Let me know if you need further assistance!