Wireless Networking Dramas
January 23, 2009 9:55 PM Subscribe
WiFiFilter: My computer can see and connect to my wireless access point. So can my PS3, Wii and iPhone. But unlike my PS3, Wii and iPhone, it can't browse the net. Ping requests are timing out. What am I doing wrong?
posted by Effigy2000 to Technology (16 answers total)
The Wireless connection can see and connect to my Access Point with no problems (so the connection does establish) but browsing the web, checking my e-mails or even browsing other files on the network dosen't work. Ping requests are timing out.
There is nothing wrong with my Access Point as far as I can tell. My other wireless devices (my PS3, my Wii and my iPhone) all connect to it without a hitch and have done for some time.
I've tried manually assigning IP addresses and that didn't work.
Although this computer is located at the other end of the house, signal strength is still classed as 'Very Good', likely due to the massive antenna I have to broadcast with. Infact, my iPhone works flawlessly over WiFi right next to the computer in question, so signal strength is probably not a factor here.
I've also tried turning off the firewall (I use Sygate) on the computer running the Access Point, but the other computer still won't let me use the web or browse the network.
The only reason I can think of for this not to work is that the computer that I'm trying to connect to my access point is using an older ASUS Wifi @ Home 802.11b Wireless LAN Card, while my Access Point is an 802.11g. However my Google searching suggests that while this was once a problem, newer drivers and updates to WinXP have ensured that it no longer is. That said, I'm using WinXP and have SP3 installed. Drivers for my LAN Card are all up to date. And still it connects to my Access Point but provides me no internet access.
I'm using the LAN Card's own software to configure the connection to my Access Point. Window's own connection manager has been pretty useless in connecting to my AP for some reason.
Help me Metafilter! You're my only hope. Please make connecting my two PCs as easy as it was to connect my other wireless devices!