Solved Wireless LAN Fails to connect to specific network

December 14, 2013 at 11:13:51
Specs: Windows Vista
Hi

I have had up until recently not had a problem with my wireless network, I have a D-Link router set up and this is set to WPA personal security with a known password.

I can connect my iPhone and other devices to this router without a problem whatsoever so I know that the router should not have a problem. I have removed the DHCP reservation for my device I am having issue with.

I have a Vista laptop with an Atheros AR5007EG card in it, this I think works OK as I can set up a personal hotspot from my iPhone and browse through that. It is running all of the latest drivers.

The problem is I cannot whatsoever get Vista to see my router network, I always get the 'Windows cannot find any additional networks' and I just cannot get it to see my (or even the neighbours for some reason) network.

I have tried;

1) Reboot of the router
2) Changed the SSID
3) Removed all networks in the manage wireless networks window
4) Changing to an open network (remove WPA)
5) Reinstalling the drivers for the card
6) Restarts of the laptop

What is odd is that it used to work (for years) but now for some reason does not? It feels to me like that it is somehow just excluding my network for some reason.

Many thanks.


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December 14, 2013 at 21:09:14
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You state all your other wireless devices connect just fine and only the vista laptop isn't. This pretty much narrows the issue down to the laptop in question.

I would suggest you update the wireless adapter drivers on your laptop and try again. If that doesn't fix the issue, or you already have the most recent drivers installed, you should then try uninstalling the adapter from Device Manager and then reboot the laptop and let windows "find" the adapter and reinstall the drivers.

Report back and let us know if either words, or not.

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December 16, 2013 at 05:17:20
Curt

Thanks for the reply. I had been back and forward with different drivers and was also convinced it was a laptop problem but could not figure out why it would connect as a hotspot to my iPhone.

I decided to take the laptop apart and found the problem, both the main and aux wireless aerials had become disconnected from the wifi module. They were in a really inaccessible area (underside of the main board) and don't know when they become unattached, I guess when the hotspot was next to my laptop the signal was strong enough to be received without the aerial but explains why I could not get a signal from further away.

Reconnected them and I am back to full signal strength :)

Thanks for your help...


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December 16, 2013 at 07:13:14
I decided to take the laptop apart and found the problem, both the main and aux wireless aerials had become disconnected from the wifi module.

Oye! That'll do it

This is rather unusual in my experience. I've never seen a single case of the antenna(s) being disconnected.

Reconnected them and I am back to full signal strength :)

Good work. Thanks for posting back your fix. With luck, this info may help someone else in the future.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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