Can't Connect my PC Laptop to Airport Extreme network.
May 31, 2010 7:44 PM   Subscribe

Can't connect to Airport Extreme with my PC. The Macs in the house have no trouble.

I set up a password-protected wireless network with WPA2 Personal security. The two Macs in the house can connect fine, but my PC won't.

Under Wireless Network Connection, I can see the network, along with a half-dozen other password-protected networks from elsewhere in my building. If I click on any of those other ones, a window pops up asking for the network key. When I click on my network, it says "detecting network type" for a while, then there's a loud chime and an error message pops up saying "Windows is unable to connect to the selected network. The network may no longer be in range. Please refresh the list of available networks, and try to connect again."

Of course it's in range, because the signal strength is high and the PC is right next to one of the Macs that's not having any problems. How do I fix this?

Stats: PC has Windows XP, it's an Airport Extreme wireless modem with a Speedstream 5100 router.
posted by goatdog to Computers & Internet (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Is your XP installation fully patched? Give this guy a shot.
posted by fusinski at 7:47 PM on May 31, 2010

Do you have a b, g or n wifi card? The Airport may be configured to only allow n or g only.
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 7:49 PM on May 31, 2010

When I had an old work issued WinXP system, I had to download some patch from Microsoft which allowed WPA2 to work. After that, it was smooth sailing.
posted by birdherder at 7:50 PM on May 31, 2010

Response by poster: Thanks, fusinski! That did the trick.
posted by goatdog at 8:05 PM on May 31, 2010

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