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Why won't older laptop connect?

My older laptop will not connect to the U-verse internet. I have no problem with any other system & it was working fine through Roadrunner minutes before the change. Our other laptop, smartphones, etc. all work.

My older laptop will not connect to the U-verse internet. I have no problem with any other system & it was working fine through Roadrunner minutes before the change. Our other laptop, smartphones, etc. all work.

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Were you able to test it with WEP-OPEN. With that, I would suggest changing the SSID so you have a new unique one and creating a customer password. With WEP-OPEN you have to choose a 10 digit number. That will allow for a secure connection, and I am hoping this will resolve your issue. It worked at my house. Smiley Happy

If you encounter any issues with your service or equipment, I recommend checking out our Troubleshoot & Resolve solutions to help diagnose the issue.
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Aug 20, 2013 11:50:55 AM
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Re you trying to connect wireless or hardwired?

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Re you trying to connect wireless or hardwired?

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Aug 20, 2013 11:57:00 AM
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Everything here is wireless.

Everything here is wireless.

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Take a look at one of these for instructions that fits your operating system:

Windows 8 Wireless Setup

Windows 7 Wireless Setup

XP Wireless Setup

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Take a look at one of these for instructions that fits your operating system:

Windows 8 Wireless Setup

Windows 7 Wireless Setup

XP Wireless Setup

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*The views and opinions expressed on this forum are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote, or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider, or party.

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Aug 20, 2013 2:47:17 PM
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Also, another thing that might be causing the problem is the wireless security type. We get these issues with older devices that cannot connect, because by default, we use WPA/WPA2 because of the enhanced security, but some other devices do not have the network cards/drivers that can support that security and work with WEP, which is still the most common used one.

This article will help with verifying your security settings:

Verifying My Wireless Security Settings

Also, you can change the settings once you login to your U-verse modem, but keep in mind if you change it, you will have to setup all your devices once again.

If you encounter any issues with your service or equipment, I recommend checking out our Troubleshoot & Resolve solutions to help diagnose the issue.

Also, another thing that might be causing the problem is the wireless security type. We get these issues with older devices that cannot connect, because by default, we use WPA/WPA2 because of the enhanced security, but some other devices do not have the network cards/drivers that can support that security and work with WEP, which is still the most common used one.

This article will help with verifying your security settings:

Verifying My Wireless Security Settings

Also, you can change the settings once you login to your U-verse modem, but keep in mind if you change it, you will have to setup all your devices once again.

If you encounter any issues with your service or equipment, I recommend checking out our Troubleshoot & Resolve solutions to help diagnose the issue.
I am an AT&T employee and the postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represent AT&T’s position, strategies or opinions.
*I am an AT&T employee and the postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represent AT&T’s position, strategies or opinions.

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Aug 21, 2013 8:54:25 AM
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Thanks for the info but tried both and nothing is working. Guess I'll have to get someone out here again. They were completely clueless last time and were supposed to come again on Monday but no-show. Not the best customer service.

Thanks for the info but tried both and nothing is working. Guess I'll have to get someone out here again. They were completely clueless last time and were supposed to come again on Monday but no-show. Not the best customer service.

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Aug 21, 2013 9:18:17 AM
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If your talking about getting a U-verse tech back out I don't think that's going to happen.  The techs are not responsible for getting all of your devices working on the internet but simply to make the internet function, which it is, according to you.

Maybe one of the community managers will chime in with an idea but I don't think it will be favorable.

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If your talking about getting a U-verse tech back out I don't think that's going to happen.  The techs are not responsible for getting all of your devices working on the internet but simply to make the internet function, which it is, according to you.

Maybe one of the community managers will chime in with an idea but I don't think it will be favorable.

"If you find this post helpful and it solved your issue please mark it as a solution.  This will help other forum members locate it and will also let everyone know that it corrected your problem. If they have the same issue they will know how to solve theirs"

*The views and opinions expressed on this forum are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote, or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider, or party.

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Aug 21, 2013 9:33:26 AM
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Good to know. Now I'm stuck with a worse company than Time Warner. Didn't think that was possible. Well I am a big mouth so I'll tell the world and save others from the same fate. Thanks for your help.

Good to know. Now I'm stuck with a worse company than Time Warner. Didn't think that was possible. Well I am a big mouth so I'll tell the world and save others from the same fate. Thanks for your help.

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Aug 21, 2013 9:39:23 AM
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AT&T does have a pay service called Connect Tech that can help get you going.  I just wanted to let you know that the U-verse techs are not responsible to get all of your devices connected and running.  No internet provider's techs are responsible for that.  They would need a whole lot more certifications to accomplish that.  If the techs had those certifications they darn sure wouldn't be installing the internet they would be IT managers somewhere.

Here is the Connect Tech site: ConnecTech Home

"If you find this post helpful and it solved your issue please mark it as a solution.  This will help other forum members locate it and will also let everyone know that it corrected your problem. If they have the same issue they will know how to solve theirs"

AT&T does have a pay service called Connect Tech that can help get you going.  I just wanted to let you know that the U-verse techs are not responsible to get all of your devices connected and running.  No internet provider's techs are responsible for that.  They would need a whole lot more certifications to accomplish that.  If the techs had those certifications they darn sure wouldn't be installing the internet they would be IT managers somewhere.

Here is the Connect Tech site: ConnecTech Home

"If you find this post helpful and it solved your issue please mark it as a solution.  This will help other forum members locate it and will also let everyone know that it corrected your problem. If they have the same issue they will know how to solve theirs"

*The views and opinions expressed on this forum are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote, or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider, or party.

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My issue is that now I have to spend even more money when my internet was working just fine on Roadrunner. I do, though, appreciate your help.

My issue is that now I have to spend even more money when my internet was working just fine on Roadrunner. I do, though, appreciate your help.

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Hi krbiwa,

We apologize about the inconveniences. With our technicians, we train them as much as possible, and they know the ins and outs of AT&T products and have a well versed knowledge in basic wireless connections. But as beebeesa stated, they are not able to figure out all issues, because training someone to handle all products and situations that are not AT&T products is something that we try our best to do, but obviously, cannot accomplish. That is where our community comes in. Within the community, we have people that have encountered all types of issues, and hopefully, with our collective efforts, we will be able to get this issue resolved for you.

I was able to remotely login to your router and see that the settings are still on WPA2. One other thing to try to do is change the SSID (Wireless network name) and then turn the security off (this will only be temporary). From there, see if your laptop can connect. If so, it is an issue with your older laptop connecting to the more enhanced wireless security. This is actually pretty common. I have a lower setting because I have someone in our family that has an older gaming console that will not connect properly via WPA2. Let us know how it goes. If this works, I would try changing the security settings to WEP-Open and change the SSID and password.

If you encounter any issues with your service or equipment, I recommend checking out our Troubleshoot & Resolve solutions to help diagnose the issue.

Hi krbiwa,

We apologize about the inconveniences. With our technicians, we train them as much as possible, and they know the ins and outs of AT&T products and have a well versed knowledge in basic wireless connections. But as beebeesa stated, they are not able to figure out all issues, because training someone to handle all products and situations that are not AT&T products is something that we try our best to do, but obviously, cannot accomplish. That is where our community comes in. Within the community, we have people that have encountered all types of issues, and hopefully, with our collective efforts, we will be able to get this issue resolved for you.

I was able to remotely login to your router and see that the settings are still on WPA2. One other thing to try to do is change the SSID (Wireless network name) and then turn the security off (this will only be temporary). From there, see if your laptop can connect. If so, it is an issue with your older laptop connecting to the more enhanced wireless security. This is actually pretty common. I have a lower setting because I have someone in our family that has an older gaming console that will not connect properly via WPA2. Let us know how it goes. If this works, I would try changing the security settings to WEP-Open and change the SSID and password.

If you encounter any issues with your service or equipment, I recommend checking out our Troubleshoot & Resolve solutions to help diagnose the issue.
I am an AT&T employee and the postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represent AT&T’s position, strategies or opinions.
*I am an AT&T employee and the postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represent AT&T’s position, strategies or opinions.

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Thanks for your help. That works, but my daughter says it leaves us without security, so I guess it doesn't really work.

Thanks for your help. That works, but my daughter says it leaves us without security, so I guess it doesn't really work.

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Were you able to test it with WEP-OPEN. With that, I would suggest changing the SSID so you have a new unique one and creating a customer password. With WEP-OPEN you have to choose a 10 digit number. That will allow for a secure connection, and I am hoping this will resolve your issue. It worked at my house. Smiley Happy

If you encounter any issues with your service or equipment, I recommend checking out our Troubleshoot & Resolve solutions to help diagnose the issue.

Were you able to test it with WEP-OPEN. With that, I would suggest changing the SSID so you have a new unique one and creating a customer password. With WEP-OPEN you have to choose a 10 digit number. That will allow for a secure connection, and I am hoping this will resolve your issue. It worked at my house. Smiley Happy

If you encounter any issues with your service or equipment, I recommend checking out our Troubleshoot & Resolve solutions to help diagnose the issue.
I am an AT&T employee and the postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represent AT&T’s position, strategies or opinions.
*I am an AT&T employee and the postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represent AT&T’s position, strategies or opinions.

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Finally up and working. Thank you so much. We could not have done this without your help.

Finally up and working. Thank you so much. We could not have done this without your help.

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That is great to hear! I am glad everything is working.

If you encounter any issues with your service or equipment, I recommend checking out our Troubleshoot & Resolve solutions to help diagnose the issue.

That is great to hear! I am glad everything is working.

If you encounter any issues with your service or equipment, I recommend checking out our Troubleshoot & Resolve solutions to help diagnose the issue.
I am an AT&T employee and the postings on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represent AT&T’s position, strategies or opinions.
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Yep, this service has screwed my phone and all so bad.    Att sucks!!!!!!!

Yep, this service has screwed my phone and all so bad.    Att sucks!!!!!!!

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