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Wireless connection won't work at home

I just got my new laptop. The wireless connection works just fine at work - finding my office network as well as 4 others within range. But when I go home, it doesn't find my wireless network at all. Says no networks in range. (And, yes, I confirmed the wireless is working - that's how I'm sending this right now.) My wireless network is using 802.11b, which is the same at the office. I've checked the settings on my home computer network connection and they all seem the same as the laptop. Why wouldn't it even FIND the darn network? TIA.

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I had this problem once and it was being caused by my wireless entertainment speakers. Changed the channel they were broadcasting on and it was fixed immediately. The wireless transmittors for other electronics will sometimes your signal to your computer.

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As you can use the router to connect to the web, but your laptop is not reporting it, it could be the router is set to not broadcast its SSID, personally I always set this to be true to stop anybody picking up my router if they are nearby. The way to check that would be within the administration of your router, it will either have an IP address of url to go to to log into the admin side, then depending on model, but most do, there will be a section for the router's wireless options, one of which will be to broadcast SSID, if it is unticked, tick it and apply, your machine should then find the router via a wireless connection.

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Check your router is accepting backward compatible connections of 802.11b, as it may be set at 802.11g only especially if it's a 108 or 125mbps router as your laptop will only be 54mpbs and not see the router at all. Sometimes you have to dissable then re enable the wireless network adapter or refresh it for it to do a new search of networks.

Posted on Jan 17, 2007

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    andrew pester Jan 17, 2007

    Sorry ignore the 802.11b part as it will obviously connect to your laptop but check speed of your router as 54mbps laptops are unable to connect to 108 or 125mbps without re setting the router to a slower speed.

    This will not effect your internet speed, only local are connection file transfer speed.

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