Connecting Win 10 to Wi-Fi

August 28, 2017 at 04:38:50
Specs: several
I have disabled scads of things on my new HP Windows 10
laptop. Now I want to connect it to a Wi-Fi modem/router that
I use all the time with my Android tablet. I'm using it right now.

When I click on the wireless network icon near the right end of
the taskbar, I get a list of Wi-Fi signals, and it includes my router.
I can click the connect button, and it kinda seems to connect.
It asked for my "network security key", and I input the Wi-Fi
password. It says "Checking network requirements", and then
says "Can't connect to this network".

I had the router set to allow only one Wi-Fi connection, but I did
two things that each should have fixed it: I changed the setting
to allow two connections, and I disconnected the tablet from the
router and turned off the tablet's Wi-Fi. So that shouldn't be the
problem.

On the laptop, I tried using both Firefox and IE to connect to the
router's Web Interface at http://192.168.1.1, which works on the
Android tablet whether or not the modem is connected to the
Internet. Both browsers complained about the lack of an Internet
connection. I ran the Networking Troubleshooter from IE. It said
"One or more network protocols are missing on this computer".
I told the troubleshooter to try to fix it. It tried but couldn't do
anything.

It didn't tell me what protocol is missing (of course). Is there an
easy way to find out?

Any other ideas what I might have done wrong? I have no doubt
at all that I did it. I did so many things, though, I dunno which was
the one (or two or three ...) causing this particular problem.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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August 28, 2017 at 05:22:38
You probably have something important turned off in Services. Unfortunately I could not tell you what to look for except anything that is related to wireless, network, TCP/IP, (even try Bluetooth which sometimes is related), etc. Turn one thing on and try it again. Keep track what you are doing (If you have a list of what you turned off it might help with where to start.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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August 28, 2017 at 05:41:22
I do have the list of what I turned off. I skimmed through it
before posting, but when I didn't see anything obvious (which
somewhat surprised me), I decided to go ahead and post rather
than spend the next 12 hours re-reading descriptions of what
the services do, and testing them. But yer right. I think I turned
off two Bluetooth services, yet as soon as I enabled wireless
networking, a Bluetooth icon appeared on the taskbar along
with the Wi-Fi icon.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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