[OT] Mac Wireless Problems

Dave Cross dave at dave.org.uk
Sun Feb 25 15:40:49 GMT 2007

Christopher Jones wrote:
> 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.

No. It's not that. The network isn't a closed network. And I've tried 
connecting to it manually (which failed).

> 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".

Occasionally other networks appear. But even when there aren't any other 
networks visible (like this afternoon) I still can't see my access point.

> Failing that, take the access point back!

But this is the old access point that I'm talking about. The one that 
I've had for years. The one that this Mac has always been happy to 
connect to.


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