Re: At my wits' end...
correct. it will say auto config address if it cant pull an ip address. this themost common result of not pulling an address. can you connect with it wide open, with no encryption at all? that would eliminate the encryption variable fromour equation and pov whether or not it can connect at all.
so.. in the interest of throughness, if you dont mind, fully reset your router to factory defaults, then enable wireless and leave it open, place your router and wireless adapter in the dell to channel 1. channel 11 and 6 are most common and therefore most noisey. then see if it connects as it shold.
if it does then we know that something aout encrypting as a whole is the problem, if it does not then we kow it has to do with the wireless adapter.