Laptop with Win Vista won't connect to wireless network
Posted 12 May 2008 - 01:35 PM
Posted 30 June 2008 - 07:15 PM
My problem was strangely intermittant and sometimes I could connect to the wireless router and sometimes I couldn't. I tried all of the things that have been suggested here but every day I'd have problems connecting to the router even though the day before it had magically been connected all day.
I finally got a clue to the problem this morning when after an hour of trying to connect I took my notebook back into my office. I intended to use my desktop workstation to search (yet again) for a solution so I plugged the power cable into the notebook to recharge the battery... bling! within seconds it connected to the wireless network! I suddenly realised it could be power saving due to being on battery.
To confirm it, I opened the advanced power settings and changed the battery setting for the wireless adapter from "Maximum Power Saving" to "Maximum Performance". I unplugged the power cable and rebooted to see if it picked up the network and it did! I tried each of the other power settings in the list and found I could only go down one level to "Low Power Saving" and still connect. I can drop back to "Maximum Power Saving" once I've established the connection but of course I shouldn't have to. Its annoying that the network adapter can't authenticate with the router in lower power modes so I hope future driver updates fix the issue.
So power management seems to be the problem in my case. I hope this helps others find solutions to their wireless problems.
Posted 21 February 2010 - 12:21 PM
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