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Posted on 2009-05-19
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A while ago both my wife's and my laptop started experiencing connectivity issues with our Netgear wireless router. I assumed it had gone south. I replaced it with a Cisco Wireless Router however both our laptops could not see it as well so I returned it.

I installed a USB Wireless G adapter on both our laptops to eliminate the possibility of defective equipment on the laptops.

I bought and setup another Cisco Wireless Router. The setup program informed me that I had successfully setup the wireless router and I'm connected to the internet.

I'm currently hardwaire connected on my desktop.

Firewalls are off.

Neither laptops can see the wireless router.

What the heck am I missing here???
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by:Kamran Arshad
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Hi,

What is the IP of the wireless router? Are you able to ping it? Is DHCP running on the wireless router or static IP addresses?
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by:Noynik1
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The IP is factory setting 192.168.1.1 and yes, it does reply.

It's set to DHCP.

Everything is factory settings except the admin name & password.
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by:Noynik1
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I'm suspecting some type of local interfearance because the laptops cannot see other AP's that are within range. If I just sit and watch the screen on the laptops every once and a while an AP will pop up on the availability window then disapear.

My wifes laptop is down stairs in the living room and my laptop is upstaris in my office with the wireless router. They both act the same....

I've moved the AP to various locations to try and eliminate any complections with surrounding wires or inner wall obstructions for the RF...  No difference...
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nasirsh earned 2000 total points
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Make sure that your Wireless router is set to brodcast its SSID. If it doesnt you cant connect to it. Then if it doesnot work try changing the Channel at which the Wireless Router is working. Hope this helps.
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