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Wireless Network won't Connect

By eraser3498 ·
I've been have trouble with my home wireless network lately I can't seem to connect. The conection is visible in the wireless networks but when I try to connect it won't. I've tried updating firmwire of router, drivers, scanned for virus spyware, turned off firewalls, WEP and WPA and restting everything. Nothing seemed to work consistantly. It will connect for a while but it doesn't stay that way. Signal Strength is excellent. Any ideas on how to get this working properly. Your input is greatly appreciated thanks.
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DLINK I604 Router and an Atheros wireless ethernet card in a Toshiba laptop. Using Microsoft Connection Wizard to detect wireless networks.

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by Unidentified In reply to Wireless Network won't Co ...

1. Uninstall any software installed for your wireless adapter
2. remove adapter
3. install software first
4. re-seat adapter
5. follow software documentation to connect

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by vic66 In reply to Wireless Network won't Co ...

just assign a static ip address to your wireless net card that's within the range you assign in your router....even if you use DHCP, this will allocate you the ip you need to stay connect. ... try assign 192.168.0.5 to your card and point the DNS to 192.168.0.1

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by wcp In reply to Wireless Network won't Co ...

Probable causes:
1. HW
(Cable/DSL Modem-CAT5)-Router-(Wireless card?connector to MB) or (onboard wireless)-MB
HD
2. SW including driver
Third party firewall, conflicting applications, old version or corrupted driver
3. Spyware / Virus
4. Windows
Corrupted, damaged, or missing Windows files or services


Action to take:

1. Run Antispyware (Ad-Aware SE Personal, Spybot S&D, Windows Defender (formerly MS Antispyware), Ewido, AdwareAway, CWShredder, THT, and so on). Run WinsockFix. Run LSPFix.
2. Check Event viewer (if Win2K or XP) on errors due to any programs or services. Uninstall such programs or disable services.
3. Install the latest driver. Disable all startup programs. Uninstall third party firewall.
4. Make sure to install the latest Service Pack and all critical updates.
5. Run SFC /scannow. Run CHKDSK.
6. Run HD diagnostic test.
7. Test Internet connection on a different computer. Test on a different wireless device. Test on a replacement of the same wireless card (if PCMCIA). Replace CAT5 from Modem to Router if applicable. Call ISP for Modem test.
8. System Restore if there was no problem before.
9. Reinstall Windows.
10. If you still have the problem, either MB needs to be replaced or Windows must be clean installed
11. Backup data and clean install Windows. If there?s still problem, it?s got to be the MB.

The steps, except 9, 10, and 11, are not necessarily in that order.
I do not guarantee these steps will resolve the problem. Add or delete any steps if appropriate.

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by Amjad Zoghbi In reply to Wireless Network won't Co ...

You say 'It doesn't connect'

Step 1 - Make sure you get an IP address
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Make sure it is a correct IP address and not the windows APIPA (169.254.X.Y) you should get something like 192.168.X.Y or another depending on your wifi router config.

Failure: If you don't get an address, make sure your router's DHCP is correctly configured, also make sure you are using correct WEP/WPA keys. Preferably disable the encryption keys for that step.

Step 2 - You get an IP, try to ping your router
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Check your IP configuration (use ipconfig /all command). Ping your gateway.

Failure: Your gateway does not respond, possibly a misconfiguration or your firewall.

Step 3: If all else fails

Goto windows services, disable "wireless zero configuration". Do not use the windows utility, use your wifi manufacturer's utility to configure the wifi card. This is an important step that solves most problems.

Make sure your wifi card is compatible with the router (.a router with .b/g card won't work, and vice versa).

I hope this helps.
Amjad

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Wireless Network won't Co ...

Since no one has mentioned the obvious thing here I'll do it are you sure that the Wireless Router is actually working properly?

You say that you can get a connection for a limited time but it then drops out while it could be the Drivers/ Windows or any other number of things on the computer it could also be something as simple as the Wireless connection failing for a period of time and not allowing your system to re-sync when/if it comes back on. This is quite a common problem if the aerial of the wireless router has been damaged or even removed while it is running.

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