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#119423 31-May-2013 12:21
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Telecom sent me a V5542 when I ordered fibre a couple of months ago. I'm still waiting for fibre and in the meanwhile my existing modem kept dropping out. I dug out the new modem and plugged it in when I realised it did ADSL as well. 

I've had it on for a couple of weeks and its good - it's happily connected 2 win7 laptops, 2 Kindles and iPad Mini all via wifi 

Today I wanted to connect my old WinXP netbook - but it can't find the modem (it's about 1m away!). It can find all the neighbours wifi so it's not an issue with the wireless hardware. I can connect direct using ethernet no problem 

So I'm wondering there is some issue with WinXP that stops it seeing a newer modem - any ideas? 

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  #828765 31-May-2013 12:21
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  #828782 31-May-2013 12:43
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A couple of possible things here.

1. What channel is being used for the wireless on the router?  
2. What compatibility is set (802.11b/g or g only for example).
3. What encryption is being used?  WinXP in older revisions didn't support WPA2 for example.

Hopefully the answers to these will help point you in the right direction.


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  #828785 31-May-2013 12:50
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ubergeeknz: A couple of possible things here.

3. What encryption is being used?  WinXP in older revisions didn't support WPA2 for example.

Hopefully the answers to these will help point you in the right direction.

That would explain it then - it uses WPA2 - so I guess I'm stuck with an ethernet connection then 

The network is set to auto so that should be OK 

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  #828786 31-May-2013 12:54
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Well it's also possible the modem has chosen Channel 13, and your laptop is set to US or something with only channels 1-11.  But yeah WPA2 may be an issue.  There are I think some drivers that let you use WPA2 but anything of 802.11b era is probably out of luck.

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  #828797 31-May-2013 13:47
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Windows XP had WPA2 support added in a hotfix, and this was included with SP3. You should be running SP3 on any windows xp machine.

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