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Nintendo DS Wifi and Airport Express
Authored by: Mike A on Apr 07, '06 08:30:37AM

I have a rather annoying problem with my Airport Express. I have it set up to add wireless capability to my wired router. This works brilliantly on my PowerBook, but whenever my friend tries to use it with his Windows laptop it just doesn't work.

Of course, this could just be a problem with his laptop, but does anyone have any suggestions?



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Nintendo DS Wifi and Airport Express
Authored by: chrisjniles on Apr 07, '06 09:15:41AM

If you have your wireless network password protected, you can't use WPA or anyone trying to log in with a windows machine won't be able to. You have to use WEP. If it's not a protected network, then it is probably a problem with the windows laptop.



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Nintendo DS Wifi and Airport Express
Authored by: Baggins on Apr 07, '06 10:05:38AM

You have GOT to be kidding. Windows doesn't support WPA encryption?



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Nintendo DS Wifi and Airport Express
Authored by: smanzo on Apr 07, '06 11:27:39AM

No, certain matchings of chipset and drivers don't support WPA in the Windows world. If the friend in the followup is using an older card, then that's quite likely the problem.



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Nintendo DS Wifi and Airport Express
Authored by: rspress on Apr 09, '06 08:17:50AM

It is not that Windows supports WPA, it does by the fact that the network interface device and driver software handles it and Windows just gets the decrypted data.

More than likely the person who is using the Windows laptop does not know much about setting it up for Wireless access. With my Windows machine and a linksys USB network adapter to a linksys G router it is as simple as entering my password for WEP. For my Mac with built in Airport I have to punch in a very long number. Of course if every Windows user knew a lot about wireless routers then I would not have very good free wireless access everywhere I go with my Palm PDA ;-)

However the Nintendo DS does not support WPA, just WEP. If you follow the instructions on the Nintendo DS site for setting up a static IP for a wireless connection you could run into problem. It tells you to look at your windows computer and if the IP address is a static number such as 192.168.1.111 just and 1 to the last number such as 192.168.1.112. Of course if you are so lame you don't know how to set up static addresses on you local network or you are on a shared wireless network you could have just stepped on someone who was already using 192.168.1.112 and both of you will be out of luck.



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