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Kindle Fire and Router ... Help!

Started 1321894109.66 in Electronics Talk | Last reply 1321977615.673 by yogagirl777

DH got his Kindle Fire Friday. Long story short ... he can't get it to connect to our wireless router. Yes, he has been the entire weekend fooling with it and the router ... plugging in and unplugging ... rebooting, changing passwords ... just on and on. Also, through the whole deal with CS and still no luck. He thinks it may be our old Belkin N1 wireless router ... just guessing.

Can anyone suggest a router we can upgrade to that will be compatible with his Kindle Fire? I'll be over by Walmart a little later and maybe I can run in there and pick up a new one for him. He can have it to hook up when he gets home from work.

We have Time Warner's Roadrunner internet.... if that's any help.

TIA Smile

Tabby
~ At my age ... Less is More~
"Without Failure, We Would Not Recognize Success"

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Tarrazu1321894621.7371 PostsRegistered 10/26/2010

I have this one: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001UI4RTG/ref=oh_o04_s00_i00_details

It was very easy to set up - I've had it about a year. It replaced an older Netgear router. It works fine with my new Kindle Fire. All I had to do was enter the router's password to initially connect. Now It connects automatically. HTH

glb6131321895448.20310896 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Have you tried entering the correct network security number?

Tabbycat1321896878.152828 PostsRegistered 12/2/2007

Hi Tarrazu ... thank you. I will show him the link you left and see what he thinks. I looked online at our WalMart and they don't have it there.

Hi glb .... yes, he has tried entering the security number. No luck. Thank you.

Tabby
~ At my age ... Less is More~
"Without Failure, We Would Not Recognize Success"

rosie031321897786.923723 PostsRegistered 10/30/2007

we have kindle 3, kindle fire, apple ipad 2, roku, and use netgear router, no problems.

glb6131321899656.05310896 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Start over. Reset the router, enable the security, get the number and use it to connect.

free-spirit1321900319.12084 PostsRegistered 11/4/2007New Jersey

Any chance you have MAC address filtering turned on? That means that the router needs to know the MAC (machine address) of any device connected. This is in addition to passwords and other security settings.

PLEASE check.

jasbel1321910307.8232420 PostsRegistered 10/21/2008

It could be the wireless. How old is the router? The Fire connects via WPA so if it is older it could have issues. ANY wireless router purchased today will be WPA. The ~$50 or less ones will work. I happen to have the Linksys one and it works great. But the Netgear is also good. I set up both of them and it is pretty painless.

Wanted to add... one of the benefits of WPA the Fire will intuitively find your router and you only have to enter a simple password vs router ID which could be long and cumbersome.

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de1rdre1321910844.1685 PostsRegistered 4/11/2008

I have a router question, while we're on this topic. I bundle my cable, Internet, phone with Comcast, which charges $7 per month to "rent" their router. Does anyone know if Comcast forces you to use their router? Or can you buy your own and save the $7 monthly fee? With Comcast, every penny helps.

Thanks.

jasbel1321914115.2072420 PostsRegistered 10/21/2008

You most definitely can purchase one. Run a search on Amazon, Comcast compatible.

Tabbycat1321914735.22828 PostsRegistered 12/2/2007
On 11/21/2011 jasbel said:

It could be the wireless. How old is the router? The Fire connects via WPA so if it is older it could have issues. ANY wireless router purchased today will be WPA. The ~$50 or less ones will work. I happen to have the Linksys one and it works great. But the Netgear is also good. I set up both of them and it is pretty painless.

Wanted to add... one of the benefits of WPA the Fire will intuitively find your router and you only have to enter a simple password vs router ID which could be long and cumbersome.

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UPDATE:

I do believe it was our OLD router, jasbel. I bought a Linksys at Sam's Club today and it works like a dream. The Fire instantly connected to it. DH is a very happy boy right now with his new toy.

Thank you everyone for your help! Tabbycat


Tabby
~ At my age ... Less is More~
"Without Failure, We Would Not Recognize Success"

BAGGIRL1321916047.007955 PostsRegistered 3/9/2010Massachusetts
On 11/21/2011 de1rdre said:

I have a router question, while we're on this topic. I bundle my cable, Internet, phone with Comcast, which charges $7 per month to "rent" their router. Does anyone know if Comcast forces you to use their router? Or can you buy your own and save the $7 monthly fee? With Comcast, every penny helps.

Thanks.


No, you can buy a router elsewhere.

I choose to rent mine because if there's a problem COMCAST will come out and replace it or troubleshoot over the phone. I know it's probably more costly to do so but worth it to me.

If I were you I would go to Best Buy or somewhere similar to ask which brand they recommend. There are a few brands out there !

GOOD LUCK

yogagirl7771321977615.673481 PostsRegistered 1/1/2011

Your router may have been fine-did you look at the Kindle support board on Amazon? There are about 800 complaints about WiFi not connecting last time I looked. I had the same problem, but many people are having the problem over and over, regardless of router. Bad connections, timed out connections, etc...Amazon clearly has a bug that isn't worked out. Glad yours is working now though! Enjoy!

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