Unidentified network

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I have an Acer laptop, on Windows Vista. Ive had problems with connecting to wireless for about 7-8 months now. It says connected but 'unidentified network'. It connects via ethernet with no problems, and also to public hotspots but not home networks. Ive tried every setting possible, factory reset the laptop and it still will not connect to my home network. I have tried this at many different houses and confirmed it is not a problem with the router. Any ideas?

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The problem is that it will not allow me to access the internet when I try to actually use it (despite what browser/website etc), even though it says I am connected. I assumed the problem was related to the fact the network was unidentified, but obv I may be wrong.

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  • TomLiotta
    I have tried this at many different houses and confirmed it is not a problem with the router. You tried what at many home networks? Do you have any other devices that connect wireless through your router? Tom
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  • jinteik
    can you try your laptop at different houses and see if it is working?
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  • Kdouble
    Its an inbuilt wireless adapter that I use to connect. Ive tried to connect at different houses (ie different routers) and it still shows the same issue - connected but unidentified.
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  • TomLiotta
    ...connected but unidentified. But what is the problem? An unidentified network doesn't seem to be a problem. That's a pretty common circumstance. Tom
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  • TomLiotta
    Networks do not have to identify themselves. Some explicitly avoid identification in a generally mistaken belief that this increases security. In your case, the inability to connect to any internet sites plus having no available network identification may be a condition of Vista that has possible resolution. Microsoft has a common resolution described on their Windows Vista cannot obtain an IP address from certain routers or from certain non-Microsoft DHCP servers page. The page has a "Fix it for me" link, but that's pretty useless when you can't connect. Try following the "Let me fix it myself" instructions. A second common fix can be found in a Repair and Reset Windows Vista TCP/IP Winsock Catalog Corruption article at the MyDigitalLife site. Tom
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  • Kdouble
    I'll def try that! Thank you!
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