Why does Windows say it's connected to my wireless network but refuse to connect to the internet? Cast of characters: Airport Extreme, XP, Vista.
I have an Apple Airport Extreme 802.11n dual band, WPA2 Personal, password protected and connected to a cable modem. For the past year or so a couple of Macs, an iPhone, a Wii, a WinXP netbook and a Windows Vista laptop have connected to the net via the Airport. However, for reasons unknown and without changing any settings anywhere, the two Windows machines suddenly can't connect to the internet as of this afternoon. They both claim to be connected to the Airport: if I go to "Wireless Network Connection" on the XP machine, I see a full 4 bars of signal strength and a gold star and the word "Connected" next to the right network name but any attempts to bring up websites (in Firefox) returns Server Not Found. I tried connecting to various websites via their IP#s too (in case there's some DNS madness going on) but that also fails. All the other devices on my network are connecting to the net just fine.
A few other things I've tried:
• Bypassed the Airport with a wired connection between my cable modem and either Win laptop: I get net connection.
• Turned off the encryption/password on the Airport: I get net connection for all.
• Did a soft and then a hard reset of the AEBS: no change.
• Unplugged/de-batteried the cable modem long enough for it to reset, no change.
• Called cable co's cust support, had them reset the modem from their end, no change.
• Lamely poked at the network connection settings in Windows, re-re-re-entering passwords, I get bupkis.
I read this
, but that seems to apply to a Window's machine that wasn't patched? Mine have been connecting for over a year under the same settings until today, when they didn't.
Note: please make your explanation like you're trying to teach a goldfish how to do this, I'm not at all familiar with any flavor of Windows.