Wireless laptop not working

January 31, 2006 at 09:19:25
Specs: WinXP, AMD Athlon XP-M / 512mb R
A few days ago, my area experienced a brief power outage so my Linksys wireless router/4 port switch turned off and I lost the internet connection on all my computers. Once the power was back up, I turned the router back on and checked to see if it was working. I had an internet connection on all the wired computers connected to the router, but my wireless laptop had no connection. I checked the router's config page and all the settings were correct. On my laptop when I search for wireless connections it doesn't see my WLAN but it does see my neighbors, so I know that the wireless adapter is working. But why wont it connect to my network? Any ideas?

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January 31, 2006 at 09:38:31
Do an ipconfig on your laptop and check if you are getting an Ip address from the linksys router.post back the results of ipconfig and that should tell the story


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January 31, 2006 at 10:10:58
What works for one or even most doesn't necessarily mean it will work for all.Sometimes you just have to play around alittle.I've been pleased the past year+ the way my wireless has performed but there were a few hiccups.My first adapter- usb 11b, would not connect if i disabled SSID broadcast, so had no choice but to leave on and just change the name.The one i use now, 54g, wouldn't connect unless i let windows install only necessary drivers and manage.There are other properties to look at like order of prefered networks,etc.And sometimes is just easiest to start over again.Give yourself anew name, try a different channel,disable encryption and then enable again and create another key.Alot of times doing this will not only solve your problems, but actually save you time trying to figure out what is wrong.

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January 31, 2006 at 11:12:03
I ran ipconfig and for my Wireless Network Connection all it returned is:

Media State .... : Media Disconnected

I also played around with the router. Changed the SSID, disabled encryption, different frequency, etc. Still no effect. My laptop cant see the router. I don't know what else to do.

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January 31, 2006 at 12:48:17
My router (a Speedtouch 716 wifi) did not automatically enable wifi mode straight out of the box...; it had to be enabled. But "usually" does remember it has been enabled when switched off and then back on... I say "usually" because I wouldn't like to say it "always" does... Asking for trouble to do that...

Double check that router wifi mode "is" enabled; that if you "were/are" using access-control options that they are as they were...; i.e. if using "allow only these mac addresses onto wifi" (or whatever Linksys call that mode) that your laptop's wifi mac address is listed there. Also that it isn't now set to bar/deny those mac addresses...

Also you could... disable any/all security options and see if the laptop finds the router. If it doesn't... then note the critical (isp/user/account) settings that allow you to connect to the isp and www. Then reset/restore router to factory defaults - and start again (as if a new router straight out of the box).

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