I have an ancient Dell Latititude C600 that works great on all unsecured wireless networks i've ever tried it on but whenever i try to connect to my home wireless network i get a message that says, in full, "Windows is unable to connect to the selected network. The network may no longer be in range. Please refresh the list of available networks, and try to connect again." I'm pretty sure it's not a problem with my computer because it works on other nets. The only thing I know to do is shut everything down and restart. That was, of course, no help at all. The wireless router is a Linksys WRT54GS ver.6 and it works great on other laptops I've had. For some reason these two just aren't getting along ;) Any suggestions?
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Are you using the Dell utility to connect to networks ? Try setting the network you want to connect to as your "Preferred" network in your wireless utility on your laptop. Also, try moving the network to the top of the list. Doing this might set it as your "Preferred" network.
For vista OS; Here are some troubleshooting steps that I suggest you try:
1. Go to "Control Panel" ( switch it to classic view ) 2. Click " Network & Sharing Center" 3. At the left side of " Network & Sharing Center", click Manage Wireless Connection ( under task) 4. Delete the profiles of your Wireless connections particulary the one you named for your Netgear wireless ( this is also known as SSID). 5. Click close including "network & Sharing Center"
Connecting to a Wireless Network on Windows Vista:
a. Click Start then select Connect To. b. Connect to a network window will show up. c. Select your wireless network's name or SSID and click Connect. Since this is an unsecured wireless, Vista will warn you if you wanna connect anyways. Go ahead and connect.
From the above configuration, please check if you can now access the Internet.
If you can connect your laptop to other wireless and others can connect to your wireless but you cannot means that its on your laptop wireless network configuration.
If you have Windows XP, go to Start > Connect to > right click on your wireless connection and select "Properties". Choose the "Wireless Network" tab and under "Preferred networks" remove ALL wireless network, reboot your PC and then go here again and then re-Add your own wireless network only. After you Add highlight it and click "properties" button. Checked "Connect even if this network is not broadcasting and if you have put a security on your wireless to select the correct authentication type.
Then on "Connection" tab checked "Connect when this network is in range". On "Advanced" tab make sure to Uncheck "Automatically connect to non-preferred networks".
On Windows Vista delete all Preferred Networks under "Manage Wireless Networks",(under Network and Sharing Center on Control Panel). then turn off and on your pc. And then try to
reconnect and make sure this time, PC will ask for network key. ( if you set it up that way )
You just need to remove the preferred networks on your vista, follow this.
Right click the wireless icon>network and sharing center>manage wireless network>remove all preferred networks.click OK.
Then connect again to your network that should solve it.
when enabling wireless security the router and adapter must be both be configured and configured in a fashion that both support. If you need help provide confirmation of your wireless router's manufacturer and model and the same information for any wireless adapters or computers with built-in wireless adapters to be wirelessly connected.
This will allow us to determine the common security options for all wireless devices you have.