Anyone Know Anything About Networking?
So I’ve been having two problems with my network that I’ve been unable to solve. The first one has to do with my primary home office PC. For about 3 months now I have not been able to view other computers on my home network. The reason why is that on my home office PC when under “my network places” I click on “Microsoft Windows Network” to browse the other PCs on my network I get the following error message:
“Unable to browse the network. The network is not present or not started. For more information click Help.” When I click help nothing happens. Not a terribly helpful error message.
I can see my home office PC from the other computers on my network and am able to access, for instance, all my photos and music with my living room PC which can see my home office PC just fine. I just can no longer see the living room Media Center PC (or any of the PCs on my network from my home office PC because I can’t get the network started or whatever that means)
The second problem just started today and it has to do with my wireless network. Like always I can see my “home office” wireless connection on my laptop with a rock solid signal. The problem is that when I try and connect to it I get the “please wait while Windows connects to the ‘HomeOffice’ network.” but rather than connecting and getting me online it goes for a while then stops and I’m not connected. I tried unplugging my (Microsoft, yes they used to make them believe it or not) wireless router in hopes of resetting it, no luck. I tried reseting the base station with the Microsoft Broadband Network Utility and still no luck.
I tried uninstalling my wireless network card in my device manager and rebooting but this didn’t fix it.
I did find one thing online that said I needed to ensure that I had WEP data encryption was turned on on the laptop, which I did, but still no dice.
I do show on my base station security log, “Connection attempt to base station from WAN blocked — ” a number of times, which I assumed was me trying to connect. But I disabled wireless security and still cannot connect.
If I connect a Cat 6 cable to my laptop and connect that to my switch (which is connected to my router) it connects just fine. In fact that’s how I’m posting this blog post right now.
As much as I love technology, it is the frustration of running into problems like this that take all of the fun out of it. I suppose I will have to wait until work on Monday to see if I can connect with the laptop at the Ferry Building’s free wi-fi access. At least that may give me a better clue as to whether the problem is with my laptop or with my network.