Celebrate National IT Professionals Day with 3 months of free Premium Membership. Use Code ITDAY17

x
?
Solved

Does Windows Server 2012 R2 support WIFI?

Posted on 2015-01-10
4
Medium Priority
?
2,284 Views
Last Modified: 2015-01-10
I am trying to install Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard on a "HP Envy 700-330qe DT (Kaili) P US" desktop PC.  I have successfully loaded the OS on the box, and it does communicate with the LAN and Internet via the wired NIC.  I just recently patched with all the recommended Updates.  I have one problem area:  Under Device Manager, Other, the PC lists the exception "PCI Simple Communications Controller."  When I attempt to update the Broadcom WIFI adapter (using SP70122 downloaded from the HP web site), I get the error message "Error "Update.cpp 1205" has occurred and Setup cannot continue."

I cannot determine the cause of this error or find an alternative driver that will execute without the error.  My theory is that the Device Manager, Other exception relates to the Broadcom WIFI driver.  The Device Manager shows the Broadcom 802.11n Network Adapter as installed without exception.  But the status of the adapter is disabled, and attempts to enable it do not succeed.
0
Comment
Question by:Beurmann
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 2
4 Comments
 
LVL 20

Accepted Solution

by:
Peter Hutchison earned 2000 total points
ID: 40542088
You need to enable WIFI in the features list on Windows Server first: Wireless LAN Service.

Also, make sure that you are using a Windows 8.1 / 2012 R2 compatible driver. It should it like as a Unknown Network or Ethernet device if no driver is found.
0
 
LVL 88

Expert Comment

by:rindi
ID: 40542108
Many PC's have a button or key combination with which you switch the wireless device on and off. Just use that to turn it on.
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:Beurmann
ID: 40542346
Worked as expected.
0
 

Author Comment

by:Beurmann
ID: 40542351
Hi Rindi,  Thanks for this.  I could not find a button or key combination anywhere on the machine.
0

Featured Post

What Is Blockchain Technology?

Blockchain is a technology that underpins the success of Bitcoin and other digital currencies, but it has uses far beyond finance. Learn how blockchain works and why it is proving disruptive to other areas of IT.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

The default behavior of the User Account Control (UAC) dialog is to disable (gray-out) the rest of the desktop when prompting for elevation. This is known as secure desktop. There are reasons that you may want to disable this secure desktop behavior…
The recent Microsoft changes on update philosophy for Windows pre-10 and their impact on existing WSUS implementations.
The Task Scheduler is a powerful tool that is built into Windows. It allows you to schedule tasks (actions) on a recurring basis, such as hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, at log on, at startup, on idle, etc. This video Micro Tutorial is a brief intro…
Want to learn how to record your desktop screen without having to use an outside camera. Click on this video and learn how to use the cool google extension called "Screencastify"! Step 1: Open a new google tab Step 2: Go to the left hand upper corn…

730 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question