My Windows XP laptop has no trouble connecting to other wireless networks, but it's having trouble connecting to the new access point I've just set up. It is a Netgear RangeMax wireless router, and 3 other laptops (two XP, one Vista) can connect to it just fine. I've configured it to use AES encryption and I triple-checked that the (long!) password was exactly the same on the router and on my laptop.
It shows up in the list of available wireless networks, but when I try to connect to it, it pauses for a few seconds and then comes up with a dialog box saying "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 tried it 1 foot away from the router to verify that it was not actually a range problem -- it was not.
On the 10th try, when I hadn't done anything different to my knowledge, it came up with a dialog box prompting me for a password. I entered the password, but it cut me off after just a few characters, saying that the password must be so many alphanumeric characters or so many hexadecimal characters. I don't remember the exact numbers but it was something small, like 16. This made me think it might be an encryption problem -- perhaps my version of XP or my drivers for my wireless card don't support AES? I've heard that downgrading from AES is a security risk, and I have sensitive information on the network, so I'm hesitant to downgrade. Is there a way to upgrade my laptop (OS, drivers, ???) to handle AES?
Or could I be missing something and the problem is something entirely different?
Thanks very much for any help y'all can provide.