Internet/network connectivity: Why does connection work with cable but not for wireless?
Posted on 2016-10-10
I have an Acer Aspire One netbook, a little oldie but goodie, that I use once a week or so to run a couple of programs that I've been running for years. The rest of the week, the computer is shut off.
It has a Windows XP operating system.
Occasionally, I do a quick download or upload from the Internet to my website. I have a cable hooked up between my modem and the computer and the connection is just fine.
BUT I've stumbled across a problem I can't figure out (and please keep in mind I AM NOT A TECH). I tried to connect to the 'Net using a wireless network set up in my house rather than the cable plugged in from my router. The computer "sees" the connection but will not connect, no how, no way.
I took it to a local repair shop today and the tech on duty checked and confirmed that the computer could see the shop's wireless network but also could not connect. He further explained that because the OS was XP, that's the problem, and that's that.
But I have had too much experience this year with finding successful solutions to problems after having been told "you can't do that." I've found that it boils down to asking the question the right way, and to the right person.
This problem strikes me as a straightforward one. Either the tech with whom I spoke is on target OR there's a more experienced tech out there someplace who has a different take.
Is that you?
Thanks for your time and attention.
PS - No, I'm not using the Acer as I write this. My main unit is a Toshiba with Win 7, just FYI.