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question on wifi and networks

Discussion in 'The Computer Clinic Forum' started by tenchy, Dec 21, 2018.

  1. tenchy

    tenchy Rain maker Administrator

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    I have some tedium with a laptop I use on wifi when out and about wonder if anyone knows the solution...

    I use a laptop and my Surface Pro 3 tablet similtaneously online via wifi. That wifi is provided either by my phone as a hotspot or a Netgear mifi box (which is basically the same as a phone).

    Every time my Surface Pro 3 (Windows 8) connects to either seamlessly, as it should, they are known and saved.

    The laptop however only seamlessly connects every time to my phone. (It also works fine and seamlessly on my home wifi)
    On the netgear mifi box EVERY SINGLE DAMN TIME it comes up with the new netork detected, work/home/public blah blah blah, then spends the few minutes "setting up" after I make my selection.
    Extemely tedious.

    I assume both devices (phone and mifi box) equally have dynamic IPs assigned when they go online. They both always have the same SSID and password. So WHY does the laptop dick me around on the mifi box? How can I fix it. Driving me nuts. (and remember, I can't go away and look at fluffy puppies and kittens to calm down cos they are more annoying still!! :) fluffy bunnies time...)
     
  2. SeanNeedham

    SeanNeedham Ol' Sparky Honorary Life Member

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    The phone and the MiFi box may have both the same SSID and password, but a computer would recognise then as different networks because the thing it'll be identifying off is the BSSID. Different thing.

    However, it sounds though the laptop is not saving the network, or it's network card is misconfigured; best thing to do (unless you are still on Windows 3.1 on your laptop, and that's probably close for you!) is to wick open the settings on the Surface and have a look what the public/private properties for the network are set to are set to on there and recreate them on the laptop, also make sure that you've got the network connection on the Laptop to save the network and also check the network card configuration properties (Right Click My Computer, Device Manager and go make sure there's nothing amiss or conflictive in there) or the other thing is just to open Control Panel -> Network and Sharing, then disable the network card, wait a moment and then come back and re-enable it (dumps things like ARP, DCHP and other caches).

    On later versions of Windows 10, using the network troubleshooter (right click off the icon in the systray).

    That's assuming that it's computer based, it could be configurations of the routers!
     
  3. tenchy

    tenchy Rain maker Administrator

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    SSIDs on the phone and mifi are different to each other, but same as in they never change I meant :)
     
  4. SeanNeedham

    SeanNeedham Ol' Sparky Honorary Life Member

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    Ah ok, so what I'd do there as first port of call is to remove the network connection, re-install it (and at the same time remove all entries for the network out of your networking list) and then re-create it and copy the settings adverbartim over from the other box.

    It seems you've a mis-config somewhere in the chain of things.
     

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