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What happened to my wireless access point?

Asked by Espin01 (32points) December 4th, 2007

I’ve bee using my wireless network for about 6 years and it has been working fine the whole time. Recently, however, the entire conection has disappeared. The SSID is not recoginzed by any of my devices (2 laptops and psp) and I have tried resetting the base station (manually and through the managment tool) but to no avail. What should I do?

My wireless network:
Microsoft Broadband Networking Wireless Base Station | MN-700
Encryption type: WEP
Channel: 6

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6 Answers

ben's avatar

A few things: when resetting, you should actually unplug your modem and your router (access point) and leave it off for 2 minutes. I know, it’s weird, but that can make a difference. You could try changing the channel (maybe someone adding something on a competing channel). But even then you should see the SSID (especially if you’re close). Generally access points don’t break, but it is possible.

glial's avatar

A 6 year old AP running 24/7 could have, possibly, just gone out.

If you’re not getting an SSID, it isn’t broadcasting.

ccatron's avatar

“If you’re not getting an SSID, it isn’t broadcasting” Not true. If you know the SSID and you enter it into your network connection settings, you will see it if it is available.

I would do a reset of the modem and router as previously suggested. The next thing I would do is reset the device to default settings according to the user manual.

Lastly, you probably don’t have a warranty after 6 years, so I’d replace it if nothing else works. Routers are cheaper and better now (6 years later).

Espin01's avatar

Sorry for taking so long to get backk to this question, but I changed the channel from 6 to 10 and it worked again.

iomar's avatar

what is an SSID? And how did you change the channels from 6 to 10? I might be having similar problem.

ben's avatar

SSID is just the name of the wireless network. You can change your channel by logging into you router and changing it’s settings (it depends on the model of the router, but often it usually connecting to it (wirelessly or with an ethernet cable) and navigating your browser to a particular page, as specified in your router manual, like, and then altering the settings…)

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