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Vista laptop does not find wireless network

By ropipo
Feb 2, 2008
  1. I bought a new modem router (D-Link DSL G624T).
    The ethernet connections between the desktop (XP) and laptop (Vista premium) are O.K
    The laptop is equipped with a built in wireless network adapter (Atheros AR5007EG).
    I followed all the steps to create a new wireless network (only the laptop is now involved). I also defined the router configuration.
    In Vista I see Wireless Network Connection not connected. When trying to connect Vista cannot find the network.
    Viewing the network computers and devices it only finds the ethernet workgroup and internet gateway device.
    The switch for wireless networking is on on the laptop.
    The green light showing WAN activated is up on the router.
    MS firewall
    Can anybody give me a clue what is going on ?
    I have the impression that the laptop and router are on different planets.


    Here are the specs for vista laptop and router:

    Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0.6000]
    Copyright (c) 2006 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    C:\Windows\system32>ipconfig /all

    Windows IP Configuration

    Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Roger-Potie-NB
    Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
    Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
    IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
    WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

    Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Atheros AR5007EG Wireless Network Adapter

    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-1B-9E-7C-F2-C9
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

    Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Realtek RTL8101E Family PCI-E Fast Ethern
    et NIC (NDIS 6.0)
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-1B-38-AE-D2-8C
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
    Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::9416:44:5866:75dc%9(Preferred)
    IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.3(Preferred)
    Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
    Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : samedi 2 février 2008 10:22:06
    Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : samedi 2 février 2008 12:13:42
    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
    DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
    DHCPv6 IAID . . . . . . . . . . . : 218109652
    DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
    NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled

    Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 6:

    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 02-00-54-55-4E-01
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
    IPv6 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 2001:0:4137:9e66:8f4:1c6f:3f57:fefc(Prefe
    rred)
    Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::8f4:1c6f:3f57:fefc%8(Preferred)
    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : ::
    NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Disabled

    Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 7:

    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : isatap.{70D807BF-6081-4009-AE5F-1FE1AF01F
    08F}
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
    Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::5efe:192.168.1.3%13(Preferred)
    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
    DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1
    NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Disabled

    Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 9:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : isatap.{653789F0-6641-40DB-9555-C6106D28B
    F72}
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

    Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 10:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : 6TO4 Adapter
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

    C:\Windows\system32>

    The router configuration looks like this:
    Wireless Network Settings:
    Enable Wireless
    SSID dlink
    VLAN ID 0
    Priority 0
    Channel 6
    Security mode WPA
    Group Key Interval 3600
    WPA Password xxxxxxxx

    Wireless Performance Settings
    Beacon Interval 200
    DTIM Period 2
    Hidden SSID not enabled
    Antenna transmit power 100%
    RTS Threshold 2347
    Frag Threshold 2346
    4x not enabled

    Management Settings
    Access List not enabled
     
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,446   +324

    well the route is enabled for wireless (ie it should be transmitting) and you
    should see the SSID dlink.

    you already have wired access on your Realtek RTL8101E Family PCI-E Fast Ethernet
    so why are you attempting the wireless too?
    You will not get additional thruput with multiple connections.

    If you want to TEST your wireless, disconnection the cable from the NIC
    and then use the Wireless Wizard to find DLINK
     
  3. ropipo

    ropipo TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Vista laptop does not find wireless

    My goal is 1; Test the wireless
    2. When my wife uses the portable she coud get into internet. No real workgroup in this case.
    The workgroup is mainly for maintenance work between the 2 PCs and then it is Ethernet connection.
    What do you mean NIC ?
    Wireless network is just not there on my screen (Network and sharing center nor when going into Connect to a network).
    I am starting to wonder if it is not the antenna of the router that is faulty ?

    Roger
     
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,446   +324

    usually on a laptop, there's a slide switch to enable/disable the Wireless adapter
    and a light to show it's 'ON'

    a NIC is the Network Interface Card (Ethernet) into which you plug the RJ45 connector from the cable.
     
  5. ropipo

    ropipo TS Rookie Topic Starter

    no wireless connection seen

    The problem is solved. The computer shop where I bought the two units (PC and router) needed to remove the Norton Security which I didn't mind as I had the intention to remove it. After that the connection worked without trouble after another adjustment with the channel.
     
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