Problem connecting to Wireless networks on Windows 7
I am running windows 7 home edition on my hp laptop and I regularly use the wireless feature to connect my iPod Touch to the internet. What I usually do is set up an ad-hoc network from the network and sharing centre and turn internet sharing on and it
works fine with my iPod for as long as I can remember. When I usually push the button to activate wireless, i then push on the little network icon on the bottom right on the taskbar and i get a list of Dial up and VPN networks, and then a list of wireless
networks, in the list of wireless networks is the network I made and i usually just connect that and then connect my ipod to it. Today however, when i turn on the wireless and press the network icon there is no wireless tab whatsoever - it only has Dial up
and VPN networks. When I try to make a new network using the method I described above it says 'Windows can not set up network'. I didn't change anything or do anything different, it just did it one day (or should I say didn't do it). If anyone can help than
I would really appreciate it.
Does your HP laptop have any external switch to turn the wireless radio on? If so, make certain it is on (enabled).
You can also check this by going to the Network and Sharing Center, then clicking on the "Change Adapter settings" link. If it says "Disabled" under the Wireless Network connection then that would confirm the adapter has been turned off somehow.
If there is No valid entry, delete any Bogus Entry, and re-install the Wireless card's Drivers.
Check the Network connections to make sure that you have a Wireless Network Connection Icon/Entry, and that the Properties of the Icon (right click on the Icon) are correctly configured with TCP/IPv4 protocol in the Network Connections Properties.
A message in the Wireless little Window that says Connected does not means that your are really have a valid functional connection.
If everything above is OK you have to be able to connect to the Router.
Connecting to the Router means that you can enter the Router's core IP into an address bar of a browse, be able to connect, see, and configure the Router's menus.
If it does not connecting to the Router, log from any computer that can connect to Wireless Router with a Wire, disable the Wireless Security, make sure that the Wireless broadcast SSID is On, and try to connect with No Wireless security.
Enable the Wireless security after you mange to establish a functional connection.
Jack MVP, Microsoft Windows Desktop Experience-Networking.
hi, thanks for that in depth answer (of also which I only know what half of that means). I did go through with all the pictures and checked everything and it seems to be okay. Also in response to the last part of your answer I don't need to connect to
a network, usually when I make an ad hoc network it shows up in wireless networks, like the picture on this page:
If you can see where the window in the bottom right is open, and it has a wireless connections tab with two entries in there, that's where it shows up, then I press connect on the network I made, and it says waiting for connection, then when I connect
something to it, it says connected and then I am able to access the internet on other devices. On my computer, when I turn the wireless on, that wireless connections tab shows up, with the ad hoc network that I made. But as of today, the wireless connections
tab just isn't there, when i turn the wireless button on and off and keep trying it doesn't show up whereas it usually does. I'm not sure if i'm explaining it very well but you should be able to get the idea. I just need to know why that wireless connections
tab isn't showing up?