Posted 24 April 2010 - 12:24 AM
My laptop has Windows XP service pack 3 and connects to the internet through a Linksys Wireless N Broadband Router and a cable modem. When I first connected it I could see nearby networks besides my own. I haven't tried to view the networks in several months. I heard that one of my neighbors had moved out. I was curious to see if their network was still up. But I couldn't view the networks. An error message said something to the effect that if I wanted to see the wireless networks I had to use the software that was running my network or be connected using Microsoft's Windows Zero Configuration Service.
When I checked the box to make Windows the software in charge of networks, voila! I could see other networks. My neighbor's network was not there. But I got disconnected from the internet. Even when I logged in with my key the connection would only stay on briefly. Then I right-clicked the network icon and chose repair and it went through and undid what I had done. I am now reliably connected, but I can't view the list of networks and the same error message is back.
Ok, so this is not a very important problem, but it is infuriating. Is there a way to view the wireless networks and still be connected to my network?