The wireless keeps trying to "validating identity" and states it is missing a certificate. The router just had all settings wiped out, there is no security setup, you just did a fresh install of the drivers and it connects at your place. If it doesn't, uninstall the wireless card from Device manager and reboot. The MAC address of that PC is used by Comcast to get your connection. On the back of the router, there is a reset button.
FYI- her router (Netgear) login was "routerlogin.net". I did what you said, and change the address to the computer address. This article describes how to configure the WC7520 and WC7600 wireless controllers for RADIUS authentication with the Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Network Policy Server.You have lists of words with various wild cards thrown in.But it has to be a known word or some variant, @ = O, 1 = I things like that.Step 4 Select the Wireless Networks tab, and then select the network from the bottom list.
Select Properties once you locate the wireless network causing the error.
But since WPA/WPA allows for spaces, I recommend a sentence. Doesn't need to be long, but just make it random like: "The mouse juggles pineapples" something silly and random.
You could break into a router the way you described.
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Yesterday I reformatted a friends computer and reinstalled the OS and other software at my house. I brought her laptop and router to my house and it works fine. I tried to install the disc that came with the router, but it said something like the IP address wasn't static and I needed to imput the blah blah blah. Whatever PC was used when they installed Comcast needs to be connected to the router and the MAC address cloned to the router. It will be slightly inside the router housing so she'll need a paperclip to push it. She can then boot her laptop while the router does what its doing. Dot beside No for "Require a logon" and then all the way at the bottom, put the dot beside "Use Computer MAC Address" click Apply.
The article also describes how to use Active Directory Certificate Services and how to push wireless profiles to domain-joined computers that use a group policy.