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    Angry 30 Lenovo G555 laptops wont connect to Netgear WAG102 access point!

    Hi All,

    I've got a class set of 30 Lenovo G555 laptops running Windows 7 Pro.
    I'm trying to connect to a wireless network called "SKILLS" but I keep getting the "Windows could not connect to skills" when I attempt to connect.

    Strange thing is though - the SKILLS network is working fine. Other laptops connect without any problems at all.

    These laptops though, will happily connect to the school's managed wireless without any problems. They just refuse to connect to "SKILLS"

    I'm using the lastest drivers, and checked BIOS version. Also checked firmware on router.
    Even after resetting the WAP to factory, these laptops just will not connect!

    I wondered if anyone has experienced this before, or has any ideas??!

    Thanks

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    I had a bunch of Toshiba's that would not connect at 11n to a WNDAP350 over 2.4ghz but worked with 5ghz. Just could not pair the two devices, it was in a bunch of the netgear forums at the time as other people were having simmilar issues but as is standard with netgear they did not care.
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    I presume you don't have MAC address filtering enabled?

    If you remove the security from SKILLS, will they connect?

    Make sure SKILLS is broadcasting on channels 1, 6 or 11 only.

    If the Access Point is N compatible, try forcing it to G only. Report back

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    I'll hazard a guess at these being Atheros based wireless cards. Bet if you drop security to WEP they work fine.
    If that's the case it's a matter of playing hunt-the-driver - newest doesn't mean best. I had to find a 3rd party driver to make a load of older Atheros cards play properly with WPA2.

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    Can I be honest here and say that 30 devices on a WAG102 sounds a little high!!! Is this the standard switch you use in the school? not being critical, just curious...

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    What vendor nics do they have in them?

    Also have you tested a laptop with a set IP? Before we had a managed wireless network, we had set IPs on most laptops.

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