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Old 04-12-2009, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
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I have Vista. Last evening my computer worked fine finding my wireless network (let's say called "123") and connecting automatically.

I wake up this morning and my network "123" isn't even in the list of available networks? Any clue where it went? My son has the "host" computer with the router if you will and he says it appears to be fine on his end. We have (overpriced) Cox for cable internet carrier, and Cox isn't showing any network advisories etc.

What could have happened?

I restarted the computer and it still wouldnt find my network. I restored back a week and it still wont find it.

I had to find a public network just to connect today.

I need my private network back as I need to run my VPN tomorrow for work.

Help! Any suggestions?
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Old 04-12-2009, 12:48 PM
 
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What is a "host computer"? Your wireless connection to the router doesn't have anything to do with any other computer in the house since I doubt you're doing ad-hoc wireless and sharing a wireless connection.

Turn the router off for a minute and restart it. That'll fix it most of the time. If not, the router may be busted.
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Old 04-12-2009, 01:04 PM
 
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My son has the router that plugs directly into the cable. I will ask him to restart the router. Thanks for the idea!
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Old 04-12-2009, 01:18 PM
 
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My son has the router that plugs directly into the cable. I will ask him to restart the router. Thanks for the idea!
OK it sounds like his PC is wired to the router and yours is wireless to the router. His computer doesn't affect your connection. It's not uncommon for the wired computer to keep working fine while the router's wireless drops out. Keep in mind these are consumer devices made in China for $1 and not really designed to operate flawlessly for years on end so a periodic reboot is required when things stop working.
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Old 04-12-2009, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
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Thank you thank you! Turning off and restarting the router worked.
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Old 04-12-2009, 01:29 PM
 
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LOL! But if the router had stopped working then my wireless wouldn't work right-even tho his internet would?
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Old 04-12-2009, 01:39 PM
 
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LOL! But if the router had stopped working then my wireless wouldn't work right-even tho his internet would?
It depends on exactly what stopped working. Your wireless router is actually a router, switch, and wireless bridge all in one little box running either some proprietary operating system or Linux. So it's possible that one part could stop working (like the radio) while the rest keeps working and providing Internet service to the wired computer(s).
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