Setting up AT&T MiFi on a Windows XP Desktop?

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    My parents just bought the wireless MiFi router from AT&T for high speed internet from the two towers we're located between. I have a lap top, so as soon as they set it up, my laptop detected the new network and connected immediately. However, I have a pretty new laptop with Windows 7. My mom, on the other hand, has a desktop computer equipped with, at the moment, only dialup. It's rather old, and has Windows XP Home Edition, service pack 3. Either AT&T seems to think that everyone has laptops, or the computer isn't 'detecting' the MiFi like it should. I can't find instructions for setting it up on a desktop computer specifically. When I go to Network Connections on her desktop computer, I see no option to set up any sort of wireless connection. Now, the router is working, because I'm using my laptop on it. There IS a USB cable that plugs into the router and into the computer, but when I plug it in, the desktop computer can't seem to figure out what to do with it.

    Would anyone be able to walk me through setting this up for her? She's always had dialup and this is her Christmas present.. she's really eager to use it :p. And usually, I'm good at this stuff, but for the life of me I can't figure this one out. Any help is greatly appreciated!

    The wireless router device that can be plugged into the computer is a Novatel Mifi 2352.

    UPDATE: I figured out how to install the Wireless Zero Configuration. It is installed, and I started it, and it is on automatic. However, I still see no options for any wireless set up.
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    Re: Setting up AT&T MiFi on a Windows XP Desk

    The first move is to install sp3 as going onto the net with sp2 is not safe. Installing sp3 may also solve some of the problems. Did you install drivers for it?

    What model number is it?
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    Re: Setting up AT&T MiFi on a Windows XP Desk

    EDIT: I apologize. My mom told me she had SP2 installed, however I checked she does have SP3 installed.

    The Model of the device included is a Novatel Wireless MiFi 2372: NRM-MiFi2372

    I have not installed any drivers of any sorts.
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    Re: Setting up AT&T MiFi on a Windows XP Desk

    I am not clear how you are trying to connect the desktop does it have a wireless network card installed as this modem is for wifi only you cant connect anyother way
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    Re: Setting up AT&T MiFi on a Windows XP Desk

    Will it need a wireless network card installed? Can a normal desktop not connect to WiFi? My mom explained to the people at AT&T that she had a desktop on dialup, and they said the device they gave her will set her up.

    Can she buy a Belkin F5D7050 Wireless-G 54Mbps USB Network Adapter and be able to use it?

    EDIT: We have our internet through AT&T 3G network. That's what internet we're trying to get to her desktop.
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    Re: Setting up AT&T MiFi on a Windows XP Desk

    The Belkin will be fine and she should connect with no problems with that
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    Re: Setting up AT&T MiFi on a Windows XP Desk

    Ahh awesome. Thank you so much! I suppose the people at AT&T assumed we had a wireless adapter, they mentioned nothing of it, which is why I didn't know I'd need one. Again, thanks, and happy holidays!
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    AT&T MiFi on Windows XP not working?

    My mother has a desktop computer with Windows XP SP3. She's trying to connect through our wireless internet service we just purchased through AT&T from their towers; it is MiFi. We recently purchased a wireless network adapter in order to pick up the wireless internet from the router we were provided. The router is a Novatel MiFi 2372. The adapter is a Cisco Linksys AE1000 adapter. We set it up with the disc and we finally see the computer icon with the three waves in our system tray to indicate that it is now capable of picking up wireless signal. Also, when I click into that, it shows our MiFi connection, with full signal strength. I click to connect it, enter the password, and then it tries to connect. It takes a while, and then the box goes away.. but nothing is connected. No error message, but no connection. I re-installed it with the disc, and when it tried connecting through the set-up, it said it was unsuccessful. It told me to check the signal strength and such, but all that is fine. So, we can't figure out what could be causing it to not connect?

    I know the internet connection is working because I am using it on my lap top right now. And, the adapter appears to be working fine.. so it must be the computer, I think?

    Also, if it helps, when I click 'Repair', it says: "Windows could not finish repairing the problem because the following action can not be completed: Connecting to the wireless network"
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    Re: AT&T MiFi on Windows XP not working?

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    Re: Setting up AT&T MiFi on a Windows XP Desk

    Please dont double post as it waste time. What encription is setup and does you connection find the right type. You enter the passkey which will be case sensative.

    When you have done that open a cmd prompt and type

    ipconfig /all

    post the results
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    Re: Setting up AT&T MiFi on a Windows XP Desk

    Sorry about that, I didn't think it would fit under this thread since my original problem was that I didn't have an adapter :p But now I bought one and it still won't work!

    The encryption shown in the Network Connections on her computer is "Security-enabled wireless network (WPA)". I did enter the password the correct way and it does not connect.

    Here is the info from the command prompt:

    Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
    (C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

    C:\Documents and Settings\Stephanie *** *****>ipconfig /all

    Windows IP Configuration

    Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : STEFFIE
    Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
    Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Mixed
    IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : Yes
    WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

    Ethernet adapter Amy's PC:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcom 440x 10/100 Integrated Cont
    roller
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-0D-56-12-37-64

    Ethernet adapter Wireless Network Connection:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Linksys AE1000
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 68-7F-74-F3-B8-9E

    Tunnel adapter Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface:

    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : FF-FF-FF-FF-FF-FF-FF-FF
    Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
    IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : fe80::ffff:ffff:fffd%5
    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
    NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Disabled

    C:\Documents and Settings\Stephanie *** *****>

    EDIT: I have removed your full name for your protection.
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    Re: Setting up AT&T MiFi on a Windows XP Desk

    It wont connect due to this
    Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No

    Under the setting for the adapter set it to obtain ip automatically. Save it do ipconfig /all again and that line should change to dhcp enabled when it says that then connect again and it should work
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    Re: Setting up AT&T MiFi on a Windows XP Desk

    Yay! We know that's wrong then. But how would I reach the settings for the adapter? Where would that be on her computer?

    EDIT: If it's under Properties for the Wireless Network Connection, and I click Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) in the list, and hit properties there.. it was already on Obtain IP Address Automatically... so.. I assume that's the wrong place?
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    Re: Setting up AT&T MiFi on a Windows XP Desk

    That should be the right place is there setting from the makers or software from them. It could be under view wireless networks advanced setting on the left
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    Re: Setting up AT&T MiFi on a Windows XP Desk

    The adapter came with a set-up CD, however it never gave an option for any of those settings. It said nothing about the IP address, just asked me to plug in the adapter..

    Under "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties", both options under the General tab for Obtain an IP address automatically were already checked when I went there, which means they were checked when I gave you that ipconfig. Also, under the Alternate Configuration, the 'Automatic private IP address' is checked, too. So, now what :(?
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