connecting when there are duplicate ssids in range

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Networking' started by Bob, Mar 15, 2008.

  1. Bob

    Bob Guest

    How does one get the windows vista wireless networking client to connect to
    the proper wireless router if it encounters duplicate ssid's? The problem
    that I encountered when traveling was that there were two routers both
    transmitting the same ssid (linksys). The Microsoft wireless client manager
    would attempt to connect to one and then the other producing many
    connect/disconnect sequences). I turned on the Intel Pro Wireless manager
    and found that there were two ssid's in range which were identical. One was
    a b router and the other a g router. Further investigation revealed that
    both were set up with the default user, password and wep key. The Intel
    software reported that the two were b and g separately but the windows
    software only showed one ssid. The problem was eventually solved by renaming
    one of the routers to another ssid and then the windows client could manage
    the link.

    What could I have done to make the windows client show both ssid so that I
    could have figured out the problem without having to go to the Intel software?
    Bob, Mar 15, 2008
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