Is it set to automagically connect? or listed as the preferred connection?
During some play time yesterday, I roamed the neighborhood and found bunches of networks I could see and a couple I was able to actually connect to. During this play time, I changed a setting to no longer automagically connect to my own network (a Belkin Pre-n router, secured, MAC addressing, et cetera). When I finished playing and wanted to reconnect to my own network, I had to turn the network SSID on and re-enter the pre-share key in order to gain access to my network. Note, the network was still secure, but I do not care to broadcast the SSID.
I would look at the security settings, password/pre-shared keys, et cetera. If you are getting a signal, most of the work is done.
I have a Netgear WGT264v2 wifi router, ol' Compaq desktop w/ethernet connected to router, and 2 wifi laptops w/internal wireless(Dell D600, sony VAIO). All was great, had router access with password protection, and then last week my laptop (Dell) stopped connecting.
I live in some dense sprawl, and saw another Netgear wifi connection (unsecured). Turns out I can sit on my couch and login into someone elses router, but not mine. Crazy. Anyone know why? Signal is strong. Netgear phone jock has me do all the obvious....update firmware, restart in correct sequence, enable DHCP, etc.
I have XP service pack2, but did not add it recently. Used winsockfix.exe, and was able to connect. However, connection was slow, and it soon kicked me off. My wife's Vaio connects... sometimes. Especially while I am talking to serve rep at Netgear.
Thanks for any help.