A neighbor brought his Dell laptop over and when we tried to connect it to my wireless LAN (Verizon/Westell 327W), after I enter the "network security key" for the WAP, it asks for a user name and password. (Windows Security Network Authorization).
This is new behavior. It does not occur when I connect my smartphone or tablet.
And I have no idea what username/password I should use! It rejects the user name/password of the Westell.
I checked the wireless set-up of the Westell and it hasn't changed: plain old WEP.
Any suggestions/explanations? Is this caused by Windows 7?
My guess is that this is something like Windows home networking wanting the password for a computer to join. Maybe the Dell is trying to join you home Windows network, or maybe something at your home is trying to join the home network defined on the Dell.
In any case, this is probably not a wireless network issue. -- AT&T Uverse; Buffalo WHR-300HP router (behind the 2wire gateway); openSuSE 12.3; firefox 20.0
I don't know the answer. Windows 7 has something called a "homegroup", and the documentation says that there's a password.
I'm not using that, so I have no experience with it. I've stuck to the older workgroup approach, so that linux (samba) and WinXP can all work with it. -- AT&T Uverse; Buffalo WHR-300HP router (behind the 2wire gateway); openSuSE 12.3; firefox 20.0
checked the wireless set-up of the Westell and it hasn't changed: plain old WEP.
Going tangential for a moment, you really, really need to change over to WPA or WPA2, using AES (CCMP). WEP just isn't secure, at best it keeps an honest person from connecting to an otherwise open access point.