suddenly no automatic connection to preferred network

Discussion in 'Wireless Networking' started by =?Utf-8?B?YXF1YXJpdXM=?=, Apr 15, 2006.

  1. I use my laptop at work and at home. The wireless networks at both places are
    in my preferred networks list. So when I get to work from home and vice
    versa, I have a smooth transition in connectivity. Since I have wireless zero
    configuration enabled, my laptop (802.11G internal adapter) effortlessly
    recognizes the WEP-enabled base stations at work (802.11G, belkin) and at
    home (802.11B, MN-500), and connects appropriately without any further user
    input (since the WEP keys are already entered).

    Suddenly I have this weird problem. When I get home, I get this message on
    startup: "unable to connect to preferred network". Upon looking in the
    network connections, I see the SSID of my MN-500 and I click "connect" - and
    I am asked for the WEP key. When I put it in, it connects without any further
    problem. But it *does not* do this automatically as it used to; moreover, I
    have to do this every time I reboot for whatever reason.

    I cannot help thinking that this may reflect some larger, more serious issue
    which I have been able identify yet. I would be obliged if someone could
    comment on this. I am running Win XP SP2, with 1 gig of RAM and 100 gig HDD.
    =?Utf-8?B?YXF1YXJpdXM=?=, Apr 15, 2006
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