Discuss why wireless connection is not working on Windows® Vista
Mention the issues when wireless connection starts malfunctioning on Windows Vista based PC. How can the issue be resolved?
Windows Vista is an Operating System which is released after Windows XP. It comes with features and usability options that help the users to simplify their daily tasks. It is also equipped with features for connecting the computer with networks, both wired and wireless. The wireless networking feature of Windows Vista allows the users to connect to the network easily from anywhere in the network. The wireless connectivity also allows the users to work with ease and in a clutter free environment. At times Windows Vista might show problems that disable the access to the wireless network.
Discussed below are the issue when wireless connection starts malfunctioning on Windows Vista based PC and tips to resolve it:
- Issues when wireless is disabled
- Inappropriate connection type
- Interference from other devices
Issues when wireless is disabled
There are lots of issues that can happen with the wireless connection in Windows Vista systems. The issues vary according to the connection type and the usage of the users. If you are using the wireless feature to connect to the wireless network in an office, then the dropping of wireless connectivity will disconnect you from that network which in turn means that you can no longer work within the network. So it is necessary to resolve the issues so as to regain access to the wireless networks.
Inappropriate connection type
The reasons behind the not working error of wireless networks can be many and there are different ways to solve the issue. One reason is the mismatch between the network type of the current wireless network and the network type selected in the Windows Vista system. To change the network type, press and hold the ‘Windows’ key on your keyboard and then press the letter ‘R’. Type 'cmd' in the textbox provided and hit enter. This will open the 'Command Prompt' window. Type 'netsh wlan add filter networktype = network type' where the second ‘network type’ is the actual type of the current network, Hit ‘Enter’ key and a new filter will be added for the current network.
The absence of wireless networks can also be caused by the interference with external devices. Devices like microwave ovens and some wireless phone produces the signals that are in the same frequency as that used by the wireless standards. In such cases the signals transmitted between your system and the wireless network will be interfered and result in lose of information. This can be solved by temporarily turning off the devices or moving them out of the network range.
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