I have had this computer since 2008, and for the last 3 years or so, I have been unable to connect to "all in one modems" (with the exception of one, at a friend's house), at my friend's houses. By all in ones, I mean the modems that Centurylink and Comcast (and probably other internet services) give out standard to all their Internet customers that has the modem AND router together in one box.
I go in and add the network through the available wireless networks utility on the taskbar, and put in the security key for the network, and the icon says "Identifying...", then eventually says Unidentified network, and that my connection is Local only. I've tried everything: having my friends reset their modems, resetting my network card and adapter, getting new IP settings, etc, and NOTHING works. Have even tried updating the driver on my network adapter, which doesn't work because it tells me I have the most updated driver for it (even though the driver is from 2008).
What I've come to gather that it has to do with is that the all-in-ones they use a newer combined security/encryption type of TKIP+AES. When I go to my encryption settings for any given wireless network, that isn't a selection i'm given, which I'm assuming means that my network adapter doesn't support that type of encryption therefore can't interface with it and doesn't allow the connection.
Am I right or wrong about that? has anyone had this problem and somehow got it fixed or found a way around it? How?