refresh network list

August 5, 2009 at 15:48:15
Specs: Windows XP
I am unable to refresh my network list (wireless). When I refresh the list my home network plus 2 old hotel networks come up even though the hotel networks are not in range and no new networks appear on the list. All networks in the list state the are full signal strength. I am connecting with wireless WLAN. I can connect to the internet. The wireless network card sometimes finds new networks but will not display them. Once I typed in the exact network name in the SSID space then it connects. I am fire walled with ESET. The network card on my laptop is a Broadcom 801.11 b/g WLAN.

Thank-you in advance for helping remedy this problem.


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#1
August 5, 2009 at 15:55:58
Which version of Windows are your running?

Are you running a Wireless Manager Like Dells or HPs or are you running Windows Wireless Config?


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#2
August 5, 2009 at 16:00:05
Hello

I am running XP and using Windows as a manager.


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#3
August 5, 2009 at 16:11:27
Once I typed in the exact network name in the SSID space then it connects.

That is becasue SSID broadcast is turned off so you wont see it in any list but you can still connect if you know the SSID. Another small but avaialble hurdle to make the job harder for hackers.

Stuart


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#4
August 5, 2009 at 16:14:10
Stuart,

I can also connect if I type in the correct network. How can I turn the SSID broadcast on?

Thanks


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#5
August 5, 2009 at 16:21:33
You turn it on in the Wi-Fi configuration in the wireless router.

Stuart


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#6
August 5, 2009 at 16:26:53
Stuart can you be more specific as I don't see it. I have opened my wireless connection and clicked on properties. The only thing I see is SSID autopromote but when I enable it the network doesn't work so this can't be it.

David


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#7
August 5, 2009 at 16:56:22
You do in the wireless router, not the wirless configuration.

You access the wirless router ocnfiguration by typing in its web page IP address in any internet browser. The address is usually 192.168.1.1 but could be different. You will also need a user name and password. If iy hasn't been changed the manual will tell you what the default addres is.

Go to a command promt and type ipconfig /all. The address of the router is the default gateway address.

Stuart


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#8
August 5, 2009 at 17:11:12
Thanks Stuart,

I will have to work with this. I am unsure how it would have been changed as I have never accessed it and I was able to refresh the network list in the past. I have done the IP address with a LINKSY router on my desk top in order to change settings. I am unsure of the IP address for this wireless card in my laptop.

David


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#9
August 5, 2009 at 17:47:50
I typed in CMD in the command box then ipconfig /all. I found the IP address. Once I typed it I get the router. I am confused as to how changing the router settings will affect my wireless laptop card settings. Once i go to another hotel or location this will change will it not.

David


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#10
August 7, 2009 at 15:00:52
Solution to this problem: I downloaded WeFi network manager off the net. It was free and I am using it to manage my networks. I gave up trying to repair windows network manager on my laptop.

Problem solved.

Thanks Stuart for your help.


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#11
August 7, 2009 at 15:32:48
Your are welcome David, These things can be a bit of a black art at times. Wi-fi is partcualry diflcult as youe never can be quiute sure what is going on.

Stuart


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