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System says "not connected," yet websites come up -- for a while

Discussion in 'Networking' started by TWoods, Jan 25, 2006.

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  1. TWoods

    TWoods Thread Starter

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    I just solved a problem involving my router: neither the desktop with the cable modem nor either of our laptops could get any websites to come up, even though each computer said "Status: connected; Signal strength: excellent." All I needed to do to fix it was to shut down the computer, modem, and router, and turn them back on again.

    Now one of our laptops is having this problem: when we get it to hook up to our router's connection, after the connection is established it says "Not connected" (in the "Wireless Network Connection" window that lists all available wireless networks) even though there are five green bars and the Internet works.

    I've never seen this before.

    This would be just an annoying curiosity if it weren't for the fact that after a while the connection drops altogether.

    The other two computers work just fine. Any theories?

    Thanks.
     
  2. TWoods

    TWoods Thread Starter

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    Now the problem is that the laptop absolutely refuses to recognize that any wireless connection is present, even though several are obviously in range (the laptop I'm writing on now sure recognizes them). Before having the original problem that required me to restart all the equipment, we never had any problems, so presumably there's some connection.

    Someday they'll perfect this technology, I'm sure.
     
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    I've had to deal with a number of these unexplained wireless glitches myself the last several days so am glad to see others have problems. Misery loves company, you know. :)

    If it were me I'd probably waste a bunch of time doing other things, but the action most likely to work, and that just fixed my latest exact same problem as yours, is to go into Device Manager, uninstall the wireless adapter, restart the PC and let the adapter reinstall.

    A second thing to try is to disable encryption on the router, connect the laptop, reenable encryption on the router, and try to reconnect the laptop.
     
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