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Unable to connect to wireless network at startup

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February 23, 2010 10:47:44 PM

Hello,
I'm running windows 7 starter on an Asus netbook. When I start my computer it is not able to connect to my wireless network unless I unplug the router and then plug it in again. I also have a Dell that is running Windows 7 professional, but it doesn't require me to unplug the router for it to connect. It connects automatically. Any ideas of what I need to do to avoid unplugging and replugging the router every time? Thanks
February 23, 2010 10:58:12 PM

I want to be 100% sure, is this a "router" or is it perhaps a "modem".

Also, I assume by "unplug" you mean unplug the power cord.
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February 23, 2010 11:05:28 PM

Yes, it is a linksys router model wrt160n. And yes, I've been unplugging the power cord.
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February 23, 2010 11:13:47 PM

Any chance NAT has been disabled on the router (see Setup->Advanced)? This normally would be (and should be) enabled, but just in case, please check.
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February 23, 2010 11:17:22 PM

Thanks for the directions. It states that it is enabled.
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February 23, 2010 11:29:02 PM

Ok, then I would recommend you do a hard reset on the router. Press and hold the reset button on the back for about 10 seconds (w/ the power on). This will disable any wireless security you had established previously, but you can easily add that back. Let's get the router back to a good, known state, because 99% of the time these routers just work correctly out of the box. It's always possible something was inadvertently changed, so better to start w/ a clean slate.


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February 23, 2010 11:48:56 PM

Ok, I did a hard reset and I was able to get my netbook to connect. Once I unplug the router I don't usually have any problems getting the computer to reconnect even if I shut down the computer and restart it. It seems like unplugging the router is something I only have to do once a day. Now that the netbook is connected, I won't know if everything has worked until tomorrow. Thanks for your help, and I'll let you know tomorrow how things are looking. Thanks again.
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February 25, 2010 11:56:52 PM

I believe that did it. I didn't think it would be a router issue since my other computer had no problem connecting, but it appears that's exactly what it was. I've had no problem connecting with either computer since I did the hard reset. Thanks for your advice!
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February 26, 2010 12:10:46 AM

sciesielski said:
I believe that did it. I didn't think it would be a router issue since my other computer had no problem connecting, but it appears that's exactly what it was. I've had no problem connecting with either computer since I did the hard reset. Thanks for your advice!


Great. I hope you reenabled wireless security too!
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