Just joined, because I have a very specific problem I need some experienced help with.
My elderly downstairs neighbour (Denise), would like to get on the internet. She has no connection into the flat, no ISP account etc., but I'm pretty confident she'll be well within range of my wireless network, and I thought it would be good to just let her piggyback off mine.
Denise is a complete novice, and she has an old IBM ThinkPad A22m 2628 XTG, running Windows 2000 Pro, that someone gave her. It's hardly ever been used, so it's in fine condition.
She has a Netgear WG511 wireless PC card inserted.
I'm fully aware that it's an old laptop, and an old OS, and the ideal solution would be to just buy a new laptop, BUT... I just thought it would be good if I could save her from spending a few hundred pounds, at least at the beginning, until she gets the hang of it all. Then maybe, if she likes it, and wants to spend all her time on eBay LOL, she can think about upgrading then. Conversely, if she decides the internet is not for her, then she hasn't wasted any money.
Now, here's the thing: I'm a Mac user, and have been for almost 20 years. I know next to nothing about Windows. I've had a good look around her laptop, and I can get the Wireless Assistant up and running, but a scan cannot see my network, despite the laptop being in the same room as the hub. Because of my lack of Windows experience, I haven't a clue where to go, what to look for etc, to try and fix this. The SSID is being broadcast OK, and everything that should be turned on is, and I can't see any reason from my end why the laptop can't pick up the network.
So, any advice here would be very much appreciated: despite my good intentions, it may be that the best advice is to get a new laptop after all. If that's so, please say so. But if there's any way we can get this working for Denise, just to give her a taste of what the internet's like, that would be brilliant.