Yesterday, my Airport Express coughed and died. It took me a while to determine that it was the airport, not me not paying the Internet bill, nor the modem, nor the router, nor somebody smacking a telephone pole down the street. Just the Airport Express.
So, I took it off and put on a spare. I had to recreate the network in the process, but I put the same network parameters back (as well as I can remember them). I then went about reconnecting the five different wireless devices in the house to the new network, which was no problem. Until...
... I got to my wireless XBox. It's one of the newer models with an internal wireless connecting device. It'll show me every one of my neighbor's wireless networks, but not mine. I go to the advanced options and enter the SSID and password manually and it won't connect. I try it again in case I misspelled something, but it won't connect. I connect my iPad to my desktop (both of which are communicating with the network just fine) so I can specifically look at the password and name settings and match them to what I'm trying to set up on the Xbox. No connection.
I'm a little fuzzy on the benefits of the ideal network security, so I go back to the airport and try WEP Security, WPA Security, WPA2 Security, WEP 64 bit security, WEP 128 bit security. All of these work fine for EVERY OTHER WIRELESS DEVICE IN THE HOUSE, but not for the XBox. The only security I don't try is no security, for obvious reasons. On some of these other settings, it says the WEP pass is not correct, and I think it's referring to the fact that, in some of these settings, you are specifically supposed to use more than 8 characters, or precisely 13 characters. And I have matched those password needs (and again, they work for every other device around here) which makes me think that ... I dunno... some override regarding password security in the XBox is boycotting my attempt to even go out and find my network.
I have been considering attempting some sort of factory reset for the settings to just start over again and wonder if I'll lose important data in the process. There are advanced settings that don't make any sense to me and I didn't need them when I put the XBox on a few months ago so I don't think that's the way to go.
I've run through problem solving support here in the XBox support with no success and now I'm just out of ideas. I read the forums and most messages up here aren't specific enough or they point back to resources I've already tried. Anybody have a suggestion?