I have received your question regarding your router.
I need some additional clarification on the issue you are having.
Could you please explain what you mean that Windows 7 doesn't recognize the router?
Are you not able to get on the Internet?
What is the model of the router?
At this point, you only have the Netgear connected, correct?
Please click on Start, Run, and type in "CMD" (without the quotes)
Type in "ipconfig" and press enter
One of the lines should say "Default Gateway"
Copy this IP address down, then go into your web browser and type it in.
My output is from IPCONFIG is:
IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 10.10.100.4Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 10.10.100.1
So in Internet Explorer, to manage my router, I go to the website:
Please let me know if you have any questions on this.
Try this, type in CMD into the search box and then press enter.
Here is a screenshot:
Now type in "IPCONFIG" (without quotes)
and press Enter
Please enter the following information for these fields:
Just so I am clear on the question, you are attempting to turn this into a secured wireless connection, correct?
To do this on the router:
Select Wireless Settings under Setup in the main menu. Choose "WEP"
Then we'll need to change the security settings for the WEP:
Please change encryption strength to 128-bit.
In the Key1 field, enter in a 26 character password.
**This is the password XXXXX computers will use to connect to the wireless network**
**Also remember the password XXXXX only contain numbers 0 thru 9 and letters a thru f.
Your wireless connection is now secure.
Shared is fine as well.
After the wireless router is setup securely, you will need to disconnect your wireless router and re-connect to it. Otherwise, you will not get prompted for a wireless password.
Choose Control Panel from the Start menu.
Open the Control Panel's Network and Sharing Center.
Click the Disconnect link
After that is done you will need to re-connect to the wireless network.
Click on "Connect to a network"
Then double-click on your wireless network in the list:
You should receive a prompt like this to enter in the wireless password. This is the WEP key you defined earlier when you established security on the router.
Thank you for the response.
Please keep me posted with any progress on this issue.