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Wireless card on Sony Vaio hates my modem/router... but ONLY my modem/router

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#1 Sycorax Rock

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Posted 25 November 2009 - 09:44 AM

I have a Sony Vaio NR-series Notebook with an Intel PRO/Wireless 4965AGN Network Connection (802.11a/b/g/n). It has absolutely no problem connecting to any wireless network - the one down at the coffee shop works fine, the one at my girlfriend's house connects with no problem.... in fact, the only network it doesn't like seems to be, well, mine. The one conveniently located in my bedroom.

Not only that, but attempting to connect to the house's network seems to crash it - meaning, whenever I try to sign on, my roommates can't connect until they unplug the modem/router/yaddah yaddah... The cable guy came to look at the problem, and he said my computer was acting like a "kill switch", which he'd never seen happen before. Luckilly, the router's in my room, so I've got an old school cable running from the back of my laptop to the Linksys router.

Here's the really weird thing: About a month ago, my laptop magically connected to the server, with no problems. "Farewell, clunky old cable!", I cried. Everything worked great for a few weeks. Then, I brought my laptop to a public wireless hub, and connected fine and dandy, and then brought it home... to discover the problem had come back with a vengeance.

So... this is weird, right? Do I replace the WLAN? Do I get a new router? Is there something I can do to reset it? Is it a malware issue?

More to the point: does ANYONE really understand why wireless networks act the way they do?

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