Connect To Hidden Wireless Networks In Windows 7

Dec 1, 2008

Hidden wireless networks are those networks which do not broadcast their Network ID (SSID). While not that many people use such networks, it definitely ads a bit more security to have your home wireless network hidden from unwanted guests. In this guide I will share with you what details you need to know in order to connect to such networks and what are the steps for making a successful connection.


How To Connect To Wireless Networks In Windows 7 ?

Dec 1, 2008

In this tutorial I will show you how to detect wireless networks in Windows 7 and how to connect to them. As you will see, the procedure is very simple and requires very few steps. On the right side of the taskbar, you will see a wireless network icon like the one below. Click on it.

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See Wireless Networks But Can't Connect To Them?

Aug 16, 2012

my laptop cannt connect to the wifi of our campus . is there any problem? but i can see the networks on the signal.. but cant connect to it?

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Unable To Connect To Adhoc Wireless Networks?

Apr 28, 2011

I previously bought a used laptop running Win 7 Ultimate which I am the administrator and for ages I have wondered why I am always unable to connect to adhoc wireless networks, connecting to wireless access points have no issue though.Connecting to adhoc networks always gives me the 'your network administrator has blocked you from connecting to this network' message. I recently found out, as below there seems to be a group policy set in place?Can anyone show me how I can disable this policy please, without having to reinstall windows 7 again as that would really be too much effort for me[CODE]

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Laptop Connect To Wireless Networks Except Network?

Apr 5, 2012

I have a laptop in my home that couldn't connect to my network, it shows exteremely weak signal for my wlan, I have mac filter in the router, and checked that mac address is added to the filter, encryption configuration is fine, and it was working before a week , it can connect to any other network in other places except mine, I tried to take the laptop to my work and wireless is working so fine.

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Connect A Laptop With 2 Wireless Interfaces To 2 Networks?

Jun 12, 2012

been reading a lot about people using two connections to connect to two separate networks to increase speed, i use a mobile hotspot plus my own internet connection at home, i have a wifi card in my laptop and a usb wifi also, is it possible to connect my laptop wifi to my home internet and the usb wifi (usb 3.0) to the mobile hotspot?

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Laptop Cannot Discover / Connect To Wireless Networks

Sep 6, 2012

I have been having this problem for 2 days now. My computer was working fine, and I went to go do something, so I shut my laptops lid to put it to sleep. I came back about 5-10 minutes later, and it had a red cross on the network button, at the bottom right of my desktop. I tried turning the Wi-Fi on/off with F2 + Fn, but that didn't work. I have checked in device manager, and everything seems to be working. My wifi card is an Intel(R) WiFi Link 5300 AGN.

Currently running this on a Dell Studio 1557, with Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit. I've had this laptop for almost 3 years now, and it has never been a an issue. I've tried restoring my laptop to a couple of days ago, but that has given me no results. I tried running the computer in safe mode with networking enabled. I enabled my wifi with the fn + f2, and I saw my wifi network. However, while it was connecting, the connection was lost again, and I'm yet to see it.

After disabling and then enabling the driver, it would show the network for about 20 seconds, then it would be missing. Now, I can't even see it at all. All my other computers/devices can see my network, and it can still connect with it's Ethernet port. This problem is really starting to be a pain, since my laptop is pretty useless if it can't have portable internet.

Background Info:
Model: Dell Studio 1557
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
WiFi Card: Intel (R)WiFi Link 5300 AGN
Antivirus: McAfee Total Protection 2011

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Laptop Can Detect But Not Connect To Wireless Networks?

May 12, 2010

brand new lappy. its the Acer travelmate 5740G fantastic specs - everything is nice and responsive, except that i can't connect my wireless at uni. the tech guy had a look at it and he can't figure it out either. we did everything, including shutting down (eventually deleting) the AV because of its firewall. we set up the network exactly as everyone else does (and it works for everyone else).

the computer keeps suggesting that we check the router (but the router works). i can get net through RJ45 no worries but... i want my wireless to work.

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Windows 7 Can't See Any Wireless Networks

Apr 19, 2011

my connection to my work's wireless network was fine.

Last night, I installed driver software for my network card for my Ubuntu OS (dual-boot machine). Ubuntu and W7 are on separate partitions; I am not running Ubuntu inside of Windows. This morning when I came into work and booted into windows, it did not connect to the network. I have already updated the driver software through device manager (I already had the most current driver installed) and have downloaded the correct drivers from Dell's website.

I have also done a system restore to prior to last night's Ubuntu driver update. And that didn't work. At this point, I am connected via cable, but if I remove it, my wireless card will not see our wireless network. I have tried to manually create our network through the "Set up a new connection or network" with the correct SSID and security code, but that did not work either.

How could my work on the Ubuntu side have affected the performance of my network card or settings on my Windows 7 side? I can connect to a wireless network in Windows?

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Cant Find Wireless Network Can See Other Wireless Networks?

Feb 10, 2013

how come can't get signal internet in my houese althogh have a wifi in theh building my computer is dell kind? what need to do or something.

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Windows Won't Detect Wireless Networks?

Nov 19, 2011

For the past few weeks I have been having problems with my HP laptop.

For starters my laptop will not restart. I try to restart it and it shuts down, but won't reboot all of the way. It gets stuck on the black screen you get just before the HP sceens comes up. So I have to press the power button ( after which I do, I get a loud POP sound before the computer shuts off ) and then turn it on again myself. Also, if my computer goes in to sleep mode due to inactivity, it will not wake up. I have to press the power button to turn it off, and then start it up again.

After this happens, my laptop cannot detect any networks. I have to unplug the charger, and then I have to take out the battery and put it back in before it detects networks.

I took it to best buy ( where I bought the computer and have a warranty at ) and they did a diagnostic test and determined that I had several viruses causing the problems. After paying 200 bucks they ''fixed'' my computer and I brought it home, only to have the same exact problems I was having before.

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Windows 7 Not Remembering Wireless Networks?

Mar 6, 2011

Windows 7 does not remember/save wireless networks even though I check "connect automatically" when I connect. In the Manage Wireless Networks control panel ONLY the current wireless network I connected to is ever listed. If I connect to another wireless network then that previous network is gone from the list.

P.S. - I'm running Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

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Windows 7 Pro Wireless Networks 'unidentified'

Aug 17, 2011

My problem is that I work in a school and we have bought 22x Samsung N145 Plus Netbooks. They use Atheros AR9285 wireless cards and I'm having problems connecting them successfully under Windows 7 to my D-Link access point. The fact is that the security has been set to WPA, using AES. The laptops are the same and are connecting, but 9 times out of 10 they pick up an autoconfiguration IP of 169.x.x.x.I sometimes get one working, but never have more than one connect at the same time. I need it to just pick up my 'chads.internal' domain network but it rarely does it successfully. I've tried adding the settings manually, I've tried 3 different network card drivers for WLAN (latest out from the Atheros homepage, second latest as requested to be tried by Samsung tech support, and a version 8.x.x.x driver after reading that 9.x.x.x drivers are 'flaky'), 2 different wireless access points, and the next step that I'm trying is to see if Windows XP will connect!!! I really don't want to have to go down that route!

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Windows 7 Laptop Not Connecting To Wireless Networks?

Sep 18, 2011

I am having a wireless issue on my laptop. I have had my connections in the two locations for months now. One network was recently upgraded to another router and the other network router was reset. I am at the location where the router was reset. My available networks are showing and are in excellent strength but whenever I hit "connect",nothing happens.I don't even get a prompt to enter the passcode. I even tried to connect at my local library's wifi with no such luck. When I run diagnostics it keeps saying "None of the networks you have previously connected to are in range"?? My drivers are up to date. I am a novice when it comes to computers so I really need help on this one. Just tell me what is needed in terms that I can understand (again, I am not that computer savvy,lol) and I will provide them. I am running on a 32bit and my laptop is a HP. The router is a Broadcom 4313 802.11b/g/n

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No Networks To Connect To

Sep 28, 2009

I have gone through most of the posts on this forum that talk about Networks and Connectivity, Homegroups connections, and nothing addresses this problem.

I have had Homegroup established on both my desktop and on my notebook both running Windows 7 ultimate build 7100 for months. Surprisingly; few days ago, my notebook ceased to see the Homegroup and my Network and Sharing Center says that the notebook is currently not connected to any network even though the notebook is connected to the network and can use the Internet.

Homegroup and public group and unidentified group all disappeared on my notebook but working well on my desktop. I have done all the suggestions on other posts (i.e. leave Homegroup reboot, establish new one, passwords) you name it, I tried them all. The groups do not show as you can see in the attached picture. I tried IPv6, I tried the Homegroup listener in the Services. I tried about everything.

Both desktop and notebook connect to my ADSL router wifi.

Has anyone been through this problem? Greatly appreciate your input.

- Edit: I found out that the PNRP service is disabled, normal, but it will not start, when I start it I receive "Access Denied" error. Any suggestions?

- Problem Fixed: I reinstalled Windows 7.

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Jan 17, 2012

I have an Acer laptop windows 7, but Just recently (yesterday) a problem came up that at first I thought it was the modem but now I see the problem is my laptop. And basically when I run the windows network Diagnostics 3 problems come up:

1. None of the networks you have previously connected to are in range,
2. Problem with wireless adapter or access point, and
3. The default gateway is not available.

So I am not sure what to do?

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Can't Connect To Public Networks

Oct 11, 2011

I am running an hp g4 notebook with windows 7 64 bit. I can connect to my home network just fine, but I am unable to connect to any public network. The networks show that the connections are available, but when I try to connect I either get a cannot connect error or connected but with no internet error. I have updated the driver for my wireless adapter (Broadcom 4313GN 802.11b/g/n 1x1 wi-fi) and tried resetting the winsock, dv4 and dv6 in ipconfig. No luck with either. The networks show as open.

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Connect To Two Different Networks At The Same Time?

Jan 23, 2012

I want to know if it's possible to use a USB wireless modem and at the same time be connected to a wireless router with the result of increasing my internet speed. I have them both connected at the moment but it seems like only the USB modem is being used. How can I set up my laptop so that it uses them both and makes my connection faster?

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Can't Connect To Wpa-psk Encrypted Networks

Aug 27, 2009

I've got a problem with Windows 7 Ultimate RTM and wireless LAN on my Lenovo 3000 N200 Notebook with Intel 3945abg wireless chip.I can't connect to wpa-psk encrypted networks although I installed the newest driver from Intel and tried an older version, too. The network adapter is installed correct in the device manager.If i use no encryption or WEP there is no problem, but i must use WPA-PSK.The network settings on my notebook and on the access point are 100% correct, and it worked fine with Windows Vista and the same hardware.

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Cannot Connect To Any NEW WiFi Networks?

Jan 20, 2013

Running Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit hereAm unable to connect to any NEW Wifi Networks that are detected.The WiFi Adapter sees them just fine - just cannot connect to them.However am able to connect to existing networks (SSIDs that already appear in "Manage Wireless Networks").Furthermore, If I boot into my Windows 7 Enterprise for work, everything works good.For example:I have a saved WiFi connection for my Verizon Hotspot device, that I can always connect to.But if am at hotel (no encryption), and want to connect to their wireless, It fails to connect.

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Can't Connect To Certain Unsecured Networks

Nov 16, 2009

Went to the city library today - laptop wouldn't connect to any unsecured network. The library does not offer wifi, but you can detect 4-5 several unsecured networks nearby. I wasn't able to connect to any of them. One of them said "Public" - not sure who it belonged to - but the icon beside it was not the typical signal bars. Couldn't tell what it was - looked like maybe a LAN connection, three entities connected to each other. Haven't seen that in the network list before. I could connect to that one, but after a minute or so the connection was dropped.

I've never had a problem connecting to unsecured networks. In fact, I packed up from the dud library and went up the road to a neighboring town library and connected to their unsecured network just fine.

Any ideas why this happens?

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How To Connect To Available Networks In Range

May 28, 2011

how do i find wifi net works in range

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Cannot See Any Wireless Networks

Oct 10, 2012

I've had my Dell M6500 with Windows 7 for 1.5 years now. My network adapter drivers are all up to date. I've never had any issue connecting to all kinds of wireless---airports, coffee shops, home, etc. The past weekend I was out of town and connected to the wifi at a McDonald's, no problems. When I arrived back home, my wireless connections list contained nothing but a Verizon mobile broadband connection. I have never used mobile broadband. Attached is a video of what I see.

Other various related details:

-When I troubleshoot, I am told to activate my mobile broadband connection.

-I have tried doing a system restore to a point well before my visit to McDonald's. No luck.

-I am not able to return to that McDonald's and try to reconnect to their wifi to see if still works.

-I have not tried connecting to another wifi network besides the one in my house since the McDonald's visit.

-I am still able to connect to the internet using an ethernet cable between my computer and cable modem.

-I am still able to connect to the wireless router using mobile devices and other laptops.

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How To Remove Other Wireless Networks

May 14, 2012

I have a Windows 7 computer HP...and my wireless (Belkin USB)keep trying to connect to others networks for some reason and makes me lose signal quite alot. How do I prevent it from doing this?

When I open up the list of networks in range and click on one of the other peoples networks the box saying "Connect automatically" is checked. But when I try to uncheck it it keeps coming up as checked again. I have also opened up network and sharing centre and opened up the list and made sure only my network is on the list.

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So what I want is to hide EVERYTHING except my network if possible...

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Won't Detect Any Wireless Networks

Jul 14, 2011

I recently bought a TP-LINK TL-WN350GD wireless network card, inserted it into a PCI-E slot and installed the drivers, but can't seem to get it to work. It appears in Device Manager as 'Atheros AR5007G Wireless Network Adapter' and apparently 'this device is working properly', but infuriatingly it won't detect any wireless networks. I've tried using the drivers that Windows 7 installed automatically and also the drivers that came on the disk with it, but all to no avail. When I troubleshoot the card, I get the message that 'there might be a problem with the driver for the Wireless Network Connection 2 adapter', but this is all I can find. It's especially irritating as I picked the (admittedly lower-end) card because it's definitely compatible with Windows 7 (I already tried one which wasn't).My PC has Windows 7 64-bit, has an AMD Athlon 4600 dual core CPU and 2 gigs of RAM.

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Wireless Networks Not Appearring (except One)?

Apr 28, 2012

I upgraded a Dell Optiplex machine that was running Vista to Win 7 (both 32 bit).That went swimmingly. However, when I now check my wireless networks, only one available network appears.there are 8-10 networks that show on two other machines in the same room as this machine. One is a laptop that I place right next to the Vista to 7 machine that is causing me the problem.It is possible that during the upgrade the Vista machine was connected via the one network that still shows. I don't know that for certain, or if it is even pertinent. However, that network is not properly secured. One of the other (i.e., missing) networks is the one this machine needs to connect to for security reasons. (We're in an office suite and the network that shows up is a master; one about which we have no say regarding its security.) That's why I have to make the other networks reappear.

I've looked at a bunch of other posts but don't see anything that seems to help with this issue. I don't know where to even start (other than I have rebooted; twice). I am suspicious of the Windows firewall but all other programs seem to work - except printing (I guess because that printer is wirelessly connected on that missing network).Anyone got an idea of where I should start or what I need to do to get this back to normal?

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Wireless Networks Shows WEP Instead Of WPA?

Sep 4, 2009

I have Windows 7 and I'm trying to connect to a wireless n router. When I look at it under available networks it says "Security Type: WEP" but my router is set for WPA. I can access it as WPA on my late 2008 macbook pro, but no matter what I do (disabling the wireless n adapter, restarting the computer, etc.) I can't get it to recognize my network as WPA and thus any password I enter is marked as incorrect.

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Cannot Detect Wireless Networks?

Oct 11, 2009

I've been searching through some threads but I can't seem to find the answer to my problem.. Or I'm just dense.I just downloaded Windows 7 and I can connect to the internet with my ethernet cord but not using wireless. Before I downloaded 7 I could connect easily with Vista and had no problem detecting wireless networks..

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Dell Inspiron 14r Wifi Detects Networks But Won't Connect

Jul 21, 2011

I'm visiting my parents for the summer and I brought my laptop with me and the wireless was working fine for the first month or so. One random day it stopped working and will not connect. I called dell support and for some reason it just started working when I was on the phone with him, but for the next couple of days it would connect for awhile then not connect 15 minutes later. It's not the router because it won't connect to other networks, the dell support guy says its not the hardware (everything in the device manager says its fine also), It works when the ethernet cable is plugged in, I installed all the latest drivers for the network adapter (Intel Wifi link 1000 BGN), I installed a registry fix program and for a little bit it was working with some networks, but only limited access.

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Why All The Detected Networks Come Up Checked For Auto-connect Automatically

Sep 10, 2012

why all the detected networks come up checked for auto-connect automatically?

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Unable To Find Wireless Networks

Mar 25, 2011

Since a while ago, I tried to connect my laptop to any wireless network available around my neighborhood, but I couldn't find any. I tried connecting with a DSL cable from my friend's Pc, but I couldn't connect to the internet. So i tried setting up a "Dial-up Connection" , I followed the instructions, i restarted my laptop, but didn't work either because I needed a password and username from the internet provider. After that, I tried to look for other people's wireless networks again, but this box appeared:"Not connected. No connections are available" I used the troubleshoot option at the bottom, but it said "Troubleshooting couldn't identify the problem". I tried turning off my Windows Firewall ("Home or work (private) networks" and "Public Networks"), but the problem is still going on.

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Laptop Does Not Pick Up Any Wireless Networks?

Jun 15, 2011

Several months ago my computer stopped picking up any wireless networks. I can connect using an Ethernet cable and a USB wireless adapter. I have troubleshooted and removed my driver and updated software; I even upgraded from Vista to Windows 7 hoping that might fix the problem but it didnt. I am thinking it may be my internal wireless card. So you recommend going to a hotspot to see if I can pick up there? I would think I would have to do that considering the USB adapter picks up multiple wireless networks but my internal one picks up none so I think that already rules out my router being a problem.

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Deny Manage Wireless Networks?

Jul 20, 2011

Anybody know how to deny users access to the Manage Wireless Networks link from the Network and Sharing center?

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Connecting To Two Networks At Once Wireless And A Switch?

Mar 12, 2012

connecting to two networks at once wireless and a switch?

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Manage Wireless Networks Does Not Show Up?

Jan 29, 2013

I have searched the net for this problem, but could not find an answer. Here is the description of the issue:When I go to the "Network and Sharing Center", the "Manage Wireless Networks" link does not show up.(normally, it should show up under "Control Panel Home" at the left pane).When I type "Manage Wireless Networks" in the "Search Control Panel", I am able to find it.But, when I click on it, it says "Wireless is not currently enabled."When I click on "Add", it says "Windows cannot detect any wireless networks interfaces".But, the wireless adapter is working fine.As a matter of fact, I am currently connected to the internet via wireless connection. So, this could not be the adapter issue or the modem issue.The reason I am asking for help is that, I want the capability of selecting which wifi connection to use.

Right now, I cannot choose which wifi connection to use and this presents problems when windows pick a non-working wifi (just happened to me this afternoon). When I was running under Mac OS, I was able to pick a working wifi.The question is:How do I get Windows 7 to display the available wifi connections so that I can pick one from the list?I am using Windows 7 Professional 64 bit on a Mac Air (via Parallel Destops).

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Computer Cannot Find Any Wireless Networks..?

Dec 14, 2009

Well i just bought a new toshiba laptop . it has windows 7 ultimate... but when i go and search for wireless networks and nothing shows up.. ?

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Laptop Showing No Wireless Networks?

Aug 28, 2012

while usind internet suddenly mu laptop showing no network.once it is restrted its getting connected.

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Some Wireless Networks Giving Limited Connectivity

May 1, 2011

I'm having a problem getting my laptop connected to some wireless networks. I can connect to the wireless connections at work and home without issues, but I'm currently house sitting for my parents and unable to connect to theirs. Apparently I have 'Limited Connectivity' on an 'Unidentifed Network. DHCP works and is issuing an IP address (plus gateway and dns), but when I try to ping anything on the network I get 'destination host unreachable'. I've tried using a valid static IP and it's no different. I've tried using the Windows 7 troubleshooting tool and it's complaining that it can't connect to the gateway. I've reset and reconfigured the wireless router but that hasn't worked either. I can connect to this network fine with my phone and an old vista laptop.

Below is the output of ifconfig /all (using DHCP) Windows IP Configuration:
Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Dan-Laptop
Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcast
IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
DNS Suffix Search List . . . . . : home

I'm running 64bit Windows 7 Ultimate and the wireless device is an Engenius Senao LR Multi-Client Bridge. I have already reloaded my laptop - there is now no software installed other than Photoshop, Office and Inkscape. I have no software firewall and no anti-virus. I've tried changing the wireless mode to 802.11g, but that didn't work. Bonjour doesn't seem to be installed. I've cleared down all of the known networks as well.

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Laptop Cannot Connecting To Either Wireless Or Wired Networks?

Aug 10, 2011

I have had a Acer Aspire 5742-6814 for a month or so now. Yesterday it suddenly would not connect to the wireless network in my apartment and won't connect to a wired network either. It says that the wireless drivers are up to date and it just stopped working out of nowhere. I tried connecting to my school wireless network and that would not work either. I have tried some of the solutions that I have seen including: Resetting modem in apartment. Checking "Connect even if network is not broadcasting its name (SSID)" (which seemed to work for some people with similar problems). I really have no idea what is wrong or if it some kind of hardware issue. I can provide any further details.

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Sep 29, 2011

Basically, my netbook doesn't recognize any networks despite the fact that my other netbook, laptop and iMac all do recognize the networks in the area and connect to my network without a problem. I have already tried resetting the router and all that kind of stuff. In the lower right-hand corner of the screen, where the network strength icon is, there is just a red 'X' signifying that there are no available networks. Sometimes, upon restarting the computer, it does recognize that there are networks (strength icon has the gold dot in the middle), but when I try to join my network, it says that it is unable to. Then the weird stuff happens:

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Wireless Adapter Inconsistent At Finding Networks

Dec 5, 2009

I've been having a problem for a while now with my wireless adapter. I know it's not the router because all of my roommates are able to use it fine and I usually can't see the connections at school or any public place.

The problem is that most of the time there will be no networks to connect to according to my computer (connection symbol has an x on it), even though there is. I have upgraded from Windows Vista Home Premium (32-bit) to Windows 7 Professional (64-Bit). When I first (clean) installed windows 7 it worked fine for 2-3 weeks but now it rarely can find networks and when it does it may only be for 2 minutes.

I've tried reinstalling windows 7 and it works for a few hours and then goes back to not working properly. I've tried reinstalling the drivers not no success and I've tried upgrading to Intel's specific windows 7 64-bit drivers to no improvements. I've called Dell and their limited technical support couldn't help me.

My Wireless adapter is an:

Intel PRO'Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection on a

Dell Inspiron 1520 with a

Broadcom 440x 10/100 integrated controller newtwork adapter

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Oct 15, 2011

My wireless network suddenly is not showing up on the list of available networks anymore.It was working fine and suddenly (maybe after some Windows updates?) it just disconnected and it is not on the list.Other networks show on the list and the network adapter is working.The network is working too, I can connect my other devices.

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Jan 23, 2012

Im living in a dorm right now, and the campus wi-fi is disgustingly slow, so a group of us got a linksys router for the dorm. I set it up so it would not broadcast the SSID, but other computers not connected to the network still see a "other network" icon when choosing a wireless network. is there any way to remove that completely so there is no trace of the wireless network?

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Jan 12, 2012

i am using windows 7 ultimate 64 bit and it has run well for 1.5 years. a day ago however my wireless network icon disappeared from my system tray. you can see what my problem is here on Internet:

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Dec 23, 2011

For the past few months, I have been accessing the internet with my laptop's wifi through my neighbor's password-protected network (with his permission). I also sometimes go online using another neighborhood network which does NOT have a security key.As of today, I can view networks and connect to both of these (as well as others), but I can't get online. I get the "No Internet access" message when I connect to any network.When I go to the command prompt and type ipconfig /all, I get this for IPv4 address: and I cannot successfully ping any ip addresses.

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