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Windows XP computer sees Airport network, but drops it immediately

Posted on 2004-08-31
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We have three computers trying to share a cable modem for internet access. One is a G5 connected through ethernet to the Airport (snow version), two is a blueberry i-Mac connected via airport card (sees and connects to internet just fine) and three is an emachine pc running Windows XP home.

I've been through all the steps to make the connection and it comes up on the PC, but then when I say okay and close the window, the connection has dropped. No signal strength is ever detected. The Airport is only about 2 feet from the PC so I know it's not a matter of distance. It worked for several months and then one day just stopped.

Any ideas about what to do would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Sara
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Maybe it is a wireless issue with your wireless NIC...

You can check out what mtgenius said on another wireless issue:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Q_21112840.html
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by:propellerheadsara
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I just tried disabling WEP and now everything works swell... not ideal, but for the time being it'll have to do.

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You may want to play around with the WEP and make sure the pc settings for the Airport card and the Airport are the same. Select preferred network only. I also found that disabling and then enabling the network connection helped. Since you are not using the WEP, make sure you change your router's admin password so that it is harder for others to hack your router, although outsiders can still use your internet.

Best Regards.
J.Nguyen, MCSA
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By the way, good job. You pretty much narrowed the problem down to the WEP.
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