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I have 2 PCs and 3 (sometimes more - guests) laptops on a WLAN. One laptop stopped connecting automatically weeks ago, and then, at times, intermittently, got connected again. Since a few days, it NEVER gets connectivity. As previously, it sees a lot of (also protected) neighbouring networks, but not the SSID I want it to use. So, it's not hardware, it's not the setting of the adapter - I compared all that, although this comparison was made difficult because the hardware is different, and I have XP, Vista and Win7 - and different languages (but that's Europe, I'd day ;<).
I noticed the apparance of a strange network called TEST, and I eventually figured that this was something I probably created myself, a long time ago, trying to share files from computer to computer, and eventually share printers. (This works fine with all other systems since - including a wireless multifunction device. Same SSID.)
I can't connect to this TEST network either, and it disappears after each attempt for a while (hours). I also never see it from any other system.
1. Is there a chance this phantom network ''shadows'' the one I really want ?
2. How can I get rid of this (presumably) home network ?
3. I stayed clear of ad-hoc, it's all infrastructure - but would ''public'' or ''private'' (which I understand are just security settings) be candidates for trouble ?
4. What is the best reading if all this is just due to my ignorance ?
5. Is there any way to avoid just re-installing XP (would that fix it btw ?) or
6. Simple upgrading to a newer operating system ?
Hmm, curious to see whether I can motivate anyone to dive into this, solve the issue and make my education while we are at it.
Seriously, any help appreciated,
With my best regards,
Also (more info):
- Win XP home service pack 3 Build 2600
- AVG antivirus
- the thing came with ConfigFree (connectivity doctor) which did not help, but which I remember having ''collided'' with windows setting parameters (differently). I don't think this is the trouble source either.
- Win Firewall standard recommended settings - always worked
- 1 gig of memory, netbios is Toshiba v 1.60 nov 2005 (but remember it worked for years)
- the ISP changed the DSL router a few months back - but it did work a few times after that
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Posted on Jan 31, 2010
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