I just want internet for my business
December 7, 2010 3:58 PM Subscribe
Why won't my router and laptop play nice anymore? Mac and Cisco/Linksys question inside.
posted by klangklangston to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So, a couple days ago, there was some sort of massive outage on Time Warner's end that was causing the connection to go in and out. I'd have to go into the internet connect, find my network again, then relog in each time.
It started doing the same thing again today, disappearing from the available networks, dropping the signal, whatever. I could (and can) connect to the internet through the router with the computer connected (ethernet) directly to it, but my network doesn't seem to be working.
So, after a couple frustrating passes of power cycling, it working for ten minutes, then having to power cycle again, it just stopped letting me connect. Then my network stopped showing up as an available network.
Stupidly thinking I could avoid a power cycle, I hit the red reset button on the back, which cleared the hardware preferences. Not a big deal, I figured, I'd just wander in through the wired computer, connect again, and change the settings back.
Except I think I've done that now, and the laptop still can't connect to my network. I set the password set as WEP, which was no problem before, and have changed it back to the same settings, at least as far as I can see. But the Network Diagnostics keeps telling me that it's the wrong password.
OK, I think, I'll go and disable the password and connect. Then maybe re-enable it once I'm connected. I do that, and it works for a while.
But it keeps dropping out, and keeps rejecting my password. So I go back and disable the password again, and now the wireless keeps wanting a password to join the network even after I've disabled it in the router.
What are my next troubleshooting steps? What should I be looking for? The router works fine when hardwired, it's only the wireless that's giving me trouble.
10.5.8 on the laptop.