Following my blue screen of death incident before the end of the year, I upgraded to a MacBook Pro – it’s my first foray into the world of Apple computing – and it’s been a generally excellent experience so far. Among other concerns that have been allayed, I have not had a problem accessing files on my networked backup server.
One problem, however, was access to my home wireless network. It is a Belkin router with WPA encryption enabled. The MacBook accessed it properly earlier – but stopped working entirely a few days ago.
A quick internet search revealed that this is not a unique problem. I followed a number of basic and advanced self-help guides that included:
- Start/restart the router and modem
- Verify the password and encryption settings (use WPA) via ethernet connection to the router (use Explorer or Safari with an ip address of 192.168.1.1 [Linksys] or 192.168.2.1 [Belkin and others])
- Delete existing settings by navigating to Finder-Mac HD-Library-Preferences-System Configuration and delete the files marked airport preferences and network identification – empty the trash and restart the computer => try to log back on to the network
EDIT – I have also noticed when connecting to a friend’s network, etc, a conflict or connectivity problem arises when I try to connect both the macbook and another wireless device such as Wii or Droid. As explained above, the password change solves it – but I find I have to turn one off if it would be otherwise impolite to ask to change the wireless password. I have not thoroughly researched the phenomena – or experimented with re-creating it – merely anecdotal observation at this point.
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