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Computer cannot find my own wireless network

by juniperwaffle / January 22, 2010 3:04 AM PST

I have a dell laptop with windows xp. It now cannot find my wireless network but it does find my neighbor's. The problem is not with my wireless since other computers work on it. The problem is not my network card because it can find my neighbor's signal. The problem is There must be some setting in Windows that got tweaked? Thanks!

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The recurring issue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 22, 2010 11:19 PM PST

The works with other machines often stops people from fixing it. I can't explain why that stops people from checking the router and changing to WPA security from WEP and turning off the MAC filters.

Maybe you can explain that.

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The recurring issue.
by juniperwaffle / February 3, 2010 7:48 AM PST
In reply to: The recurring issue.

The angry people who like to sit around reading message boards and writing condescending, unhelpful responses often blow my mind. I can't explain why these people don't understand there are people who lack certain knowledge so they use these forums to get help.

Maybe you can explain that.

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Take that to the makers of these products.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 3, 2010 9:03 AM PST
In reply to: The recurring issue.

The terms are used in the manuals of the products. I strive to get you what fixes it most of the time but I feel your anger at having to become an IT NETWORK SPECIALIST when all you want is for it to work.

These are unpaid forums. I type all my replies personally and hope you are willing to work on your network issues short of me writing tutorials. If you must have a tutorial, we have many web pages and fine books.

Hope you can get it working with a little help but let me part with this. Given your post you may scare off those that want to help.

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(NT) Is SSID turned on on the router?
by Coryphaeus / February 3, 2010 10:43 PM PST
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Since you're thinking Windows tweak, and other
by Steven Haninger / February 4, 2010 7:57 AM PST

computes work with your wireless, can you compare the settings on those that work with those on your laptop to see if anything looks different? As well, on those that see your connection, they should see the SSID and type of security used. That might offer a clue or two.

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XP does not recognise wireless network
by jpk007 / February 3, 2013 9:11 PM PST

I am a novice & I struggled with this same problem for over a day now. Finally the following worked.

a. Turn off antivirus
b. Turn off firewall
c. Reconnect to the wireless network (it actually worked)
d. Turn on antivirus
e. Turn on firewall
f. Reboot computer

Your computer should now recognise your wireless network.

Hope this information helps.


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PROBLEM SOLVED! - Culprit: Antivirus software
by nowtejas / February 17, 2013 7:29 PM PST

I was facing the same issue..

DELL Studio XPS 1645

Windows 7

I went to visit my cousins, whose wifi network I have added to my laptop since years, and it ALWAYS worked normally. Yesterday I came here again, and boom.... the wifi network is not even being detected!!

I found a work-around by USB -Tethering my Sony Xperia mini android phone and using it to access wifi.

However it was a great trouble.

After reading your tip, I disabled the "Real time protection" of avira antivirus which I use, and KABOOOM!! The wifi network was there! detected! I connected to the network, and then re-enabled the Real Time Protection of AVIRA, and restarted the laptop, and the wifi works just fine! Happy

Thank you heaps!

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Could be the protocol type of router
by Santilmong_Karaan / June 7, 2013 8:14 AM PDT


I just solved a similar problem. Basically I bought a new wireless router and didn't know that its default protocol is set to "802.11g 5 GHz". Don't really know why but only my newer devices (iPad 2 and Samsung Galaxy 4) were able to detect the signal whilst my 2 laptops and my iPhone 4 weren't. The latter devices were also still able to detect neighboring networks. So I changed the protocol setting to "802.11 b/g/n" in my new router and it solved the problem!

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