Windows Wireless Cant Detect Networks

August 6, 2010 at 23:16:13
Specs: Windows Vista, Core 2 Duo / 4 GB
The windows wireless scanning utility (built in) cannot find any wireless networks, where as CommView (packet analyser) is able to find networks... what could be the problem.

Here's a screen shot:

Its weird because the source MAC addresses are all different, and some of them have WAP encryption, and some have none. The network i'm looking to connect to does not have encryption.

What is the issue?

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August 7, 2010 at 07:37:20
First, Just an FYI -

In Vista (& Win7), the built-in wireless scanning utility is called WLAN AutoConfig - The WLAN AutoConfig have replaced Windows XP Wireless Zero Configuration (WZC), also known as Wireless Auto Configuration. They all do the same thing - detect the available wireless networks and automatically connect to the most preferred wireless network.

Now as to the question you posted ...

I know nothing about commview analyzer but if WLAN AutoConfig isn't detecting networks when you know are available, it may have been disabled for some reason. To correct this, open services.msc and re-enable WLAN AutoConfig service.


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August 7, 2010 at 11:28:02
The WLAN that I want to connected to is enabled, and was working fine yesterday, but it suddenly stopped.

As for commview, even it does not show a wireless connection point, I only see activity when I'm scanning Channel 6 for activity (thats the channel the routers configured to).

What could that mean..

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