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How do i access the home network if i am on the home wifi?

By seider ·
This morning everything was fine but then something happened with the printer and now my laptop is all out of whack. I used to be connected to my home network where I could access all the computers on the network and my Western Digital World Book Edition II hard drive. I don't know how, but now i am off the network. I am still connected to the WiFi that is available in the house but I can' t do anything else. I can't look at other computers, print or look at the WD hard drive. I have tried everything to get myself back onto the network but no luck.

I am using the following:
- IBM ThinkPad X41 Tablet running Windows XP
- Linksys Wireless-N Broadband Router (Model number - WRT300N v1.1)
- Canon PIXMA MX870
- Western Digital myBook World Edition II (2TB)

UPDATE:

I am now connected to a network but not one that I want to be on. Before all of this happened, I could see and access all computers, printers and hard drives in the house. The network I seem to be on now is my computer and another laptop in the house which was never hooked up to any network.

PLEASE HELP!

THANK YOU!

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Try unplugging the WiFi Access Device

by OH Smeg In reply to How do i access the home ...

And leaving it unplugged for 10 seconds or so then plug it back in.

These devices with Plug Packs are very subject to adverse outcomes when you are hit with Power Spikes and other rubbish on the Mains.

The Power Spikes scramble the OS in the WiFi Access Points and Modems depending on what you have and causes them to Hang. Removing the power for a few seconds and then plugging them back in and allowing them to reboot generally cures this problem.

if it becomes a Major issue you'll need to fit a Filter between the Mains and WiFi Access Point.

Col

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