[OT] Mac Wireless Problems
c.jones at ucl.ac.uk
Sun Feb 25 12:06:27 GMT 2007
When you set up a wireless network, most base stations will have an
option to make it a 'closed network', which basically means
information about the network is not broadcast, and it won't be seen
by computers that are not on the network. Sounds like, in the process
of installing the new access point, you've turned your network into a
closed network. Doesn't mean you can't connect to it, just means you
have to know the network name and password type and enter them
manually - basic but not ineffective security.
Using the Airport menu bar item (which if you can't see, you need to
activate in your Network/Airport system preferences menu) - choose
'Other', type in the network name and password - and because its a
closed network, you have to choose the correct wireless security.
If that's not the problem, its always possible that you've got some
interference on your network, or that someone else has set up a
network on the same channel close by? Use MacStumbler or one of the
Dashboard widgets (I use AirTrafficControl) to see what other
networks are broadcasting locally, and what channel they are using.
Set your Netgear channel to 3 channels clear of any strong networks
in your vicinity, and try using "interference robustness".
Failing that, take the access point back!
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