My neighbor has an old Dell PC with a Dell 1450 wireless USB adapter. Everything else in the house is Mac, including his router. It's an Airport Express.
We just wiped his machine and did a fresh install of Windows XP Pro.
After installing the driver for the wireless adapter, I can't get it to connect to his network. I can't even get it to see his network. It's as if his network isn't broadcasting the SSID, but in fact it is, because I can see it on my PC laptop and my iPhone. The wireless adapter sees all of the other networks in the surrounding area, and I can successfully connect to my network, but I simply can't see his network.
I don't know how to troubleshoot this since I can't even see the network. Can't see it with the Dell wireless software utility nor with the built-in Windows wireless utility. I tried manually entering his SSID and encryption key to no avail.
So far, I've updated to SP3, installed all Windows updates and installed the latest driver for the USB wireless adapter. I still can't see his network.
I'm stumped. It's a fresh Windows install from a wiped drive, so I don't see anything from a software standpoint that could be causing a problem. My gut tells me that it's related to a PC trying to connect to the Airport Express, but I was able to connect with my PC laptop just fine...
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posted: Mar. 16, 2013 @ 8:26a
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posted: Mar. 16, 2013 @ 8:41a
Do you have a different wireless USB adapter you could try? Also I am assuming that you tested the phone in the same area as PC. Just ruling out you are out of range or some other interference.
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posted: Mar. 16, 2013 @ 9:21a
1. Power cycle his router 2. Update the firmware on his router 3. Ensure SSID broadcast is turned on. (The SSID is embedded in the traffic even when broadcast is off. this matters to some adapers 4. Manually enter the SSID and connect to it
posted: Mar. 17, 2013 @ 12:39p
Hhoudini said: Do you have a different wireless USB adapter you could try? Also I am assuming that you tested the phone in the same area as PC. Just ruling out you are out of range or some other interference.Yes, when I connected with my phone and also my laptop PC, I was in the same room as the DellPC that we can't seem to get connected.
No, I don't have a different USB adapter to try... Not to mention, the adapter itself seems to work fine as I was able to connect to my wireless network 2 houses down with it.
posted: Mar. 17, 2013 @ 12:42p
ellory said: 1. Power cycle his router 2. Update the firmware on his router 3. Ensure SSID broadcast is turned on. (The SSID is embedded in the traffic even when broadcast is off. this matters to some adapers 4. Manually enter the SSID and connect to itSSID is being broadcast. Tried manually entering the SSID with no luck. Haven't yet tried a power-cycle or firmware update.
Anybody have any insight as to why a wireless card would see a dozen or so SSID broadcasts in my neighborhood but not see my neighbor's particular SSID broadcast? It just doesn't make logical sense to me...
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posted: Mar. 17, 2013 @ 3:09p
Incompatibility in the implementation of the standard. I support a nonprofit. No apple product would connect to the routers no matter what we did, but no issues with PCs, Linux, Android, etc. Had to buy a different brand of router, since we could not fix the Apple products that people brought in
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