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I have an IBM thinkpad t41.  For sometime now I have been having problems with keeping the wireless connected to the network at home, at work, basically anywhere.  I have tried moving routers, switching routers, all areas of my house.  The wireless connection will connect but then every few minutes it will go out and then reconnect after a bit.  The only solution I have found that works is when I get the connection manually disable the wireless zero configuration, then when I am moving to a new network re-enable the wzc.  This is kind of annoying since I move between home and work often.  Hopefully there is a better solution than this.  I have tried reinstalling the drivers etc, but no luck.  Open to any suggestions.  Thanks.
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The T41 (I have one) came with an Intel 2100 wireless card. I discarded mine, purchased the IBM Atheros card and simple never looked back. I had all the symptoms you describe, and at the time, drivers were not up to the task. Oddly enough I have a much more modern Intel card in my T61p and it works a treat.

The other thing I was able to do with my T41 was use Access Connections and now with my T61p I use Access Connections. Not everyone gets along with AC, but I leave you with the thought. If it works for you, Access Connections will solve your home/work problem. I use it for home/client work.

You can get the Atheros mini-PCI card any number of places very inexpensively.
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I tried the access connections but it doesn't even find a signal, however I can still use the wzc on off to find a connection just not through the access connections.
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If you limit the number of connections in Windows Wireless settings to the ones you actually use, then it should pick the correct connection (because work and home are far apart). Make sure in Add/Remove programs that Access Connections is uninstalled. Then check through the settings carefully in Windows Wireless settings. ... Thinkpads_User
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I actually had the access connections uninstalled previously.  I tried reinstalling because you had mentioned in the previous post that this is how you got it to work also.  However the access connections cannot find a signal.  In my home there is only one choice of my home network.  I never even catch my neighbor's signal.  I tried uninstalling the access connections but i am now back at square one with wireless zero config.
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There may be something else wrong with the setup but I cannot put my finger on it (because you have already uninstalled/reinstalled the wireless driver). On systems without Access Connections, wireless zero has not gotten in the way and I can set up profiles for users. Where Access Connections is installed, it takes over wireless altogether but it always sees a signal.

Is your home router set not to broadcast its SSID?  And have you tried upgrading the firmware in your home router?  ... Thinkpads_User
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At home the router is set to broadcast and the firm ware has been upgraded, at work I am not sure, but my problem seems to be with the laptop since that is the aspect that always has the same problem regardless of location.
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You have done the things that would be done to fix wireless (and I do these things on IBM laptops), so the next step may be to rebuild the OS on your machine. If you go to that trouble, consider using the IBM Atheros card for that computer as it works very well.
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