Windows XP not working with WIFI but works with LAN?

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So I have an old Windows XP laptop and we've never had a problem with it until today, so we have a new WIFI box and its super fast and works with all our other devices in the house but not with this laptop.

So it says its connected and it has a strong connection but when trying to load a page on Windows

So I have an old Windows XP laptop and we've never had a problem with it until today, so we have a new WIFI box and its super fast and works with all our other devices in the house but not with this laptop.

So it says its connected and it has a strong connection but when trying to load a page on Windows Explorer it won't show, it says no internet connection but when we connect it to the LAN thing it works.

Please help me 🙂
Thanks

Other answer:

Jack:
There are several factors that can cause this problem. Some have already been covered in other answers:

1) Already suggested – the laptop only supports 802.11b and/or 802.11g but the router is configured not to support these standards.

2) The router is using WPA or WPA2 encryption, but the laptop supports only the very insecure WEP encryption.

3) The laptop has been configured with static addresses that worked with the old router, but the new router is using a different subnet or is on a different address on the subnet.

4) The laptop is one of a small percentage of devices that are not compatible with certain routers.

The first thing to try is changing the wireless channel the router is using. Try various channels to see if it makes any difference.

For point (3) above, then open the properties for TCP/IPv4 for the wireless adapter, and make sure that both the IP address and the DNS server addresses are both set to automatic.

For point (1), you may be able to change the setting in the router to allow it to work with the older, slower standards such as 802.11 b or g.

For points (1), (2) and (4), these issues can sometimes be fixed with a different driver for the wireless adapter.

For point (2), you could change the router to use the vastly inferior WEP encryption. This is not recommended. You should always try and use WPA2 encryption whenever possible.

If none of these are suitable, then you should disable the existing adapter and use a USB wireless adapter. Make sure you find one with drivers for XP. If you normally use the laptop within a few metres of the router, and particularly in the same room, a nano wireless adapter is normally small enough to leave permanently plugged in to a USB port.

I hope this helps.

Adrian:
Old XP laptops sometimes only had wireless "B" mode, or older security like WPA (not WPA2). Some routers will not accept "B" mode any more, as it affects performance for all wifi users.
Or, old XP wifi drivers only understood WPA, and do not know WPA2. In fact, it may think a WPA2 wifi signal is WPA and try to connect, but will never pass through any traffic..
One would need more detail as to the wifi adapter the XP machine uses, and what drivers are loaded.
Chris P:
There's a big difference between your laptop being able to connect to the Wifi router and actually being able to communicate using it.

It's likely that your old laptop's wireless adapter doesn't support the protocols required by your modern wifi router. Check the specifications of both your router and wifi adapter to check. If not, you could buy an external USB wireless adapter of the correct specifications for your laptop – but there's no grantee that there will be appropriate hardware drivers for such an old operating system.

David:
Almost certainly your Router is set to Wi-Fi "N" only and your laptop is of the older standard either Wi-Fi B/G and is unable to see the wifi network. The solution is to set your Router to backward compatibility with Wi-Fi B/G/N mode. This will be in the wifi settings. Consult the routers help file for more details
?:
What type of wireless encryption does the machine use? Most of those old machines can not handle current levels.
Ruby:
da fuk you using XP for

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