Vista and Apple Airport Extreme

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Networking' started by Steve, May 12, 2007.

  1. Steve

    Steve Guest

    I have a new Dell Inspiron 6400 that came with Vista and a N type Wireless
    card. I have an Apple Airport Extreme that works perfectly when:
    1) Any device is plugged into the back of the router to include the Dell
    Inspiron 6400
    2) My Dell PDA (Axim) uses the wireless
    3) Nintendo Wii uses the wireless
    4) Computer with XP uses the wireless

    But of course when I attempt to use Vista it decides not to work with the
    Router. I called Apple and they said that there are compatibility issues
    with Vista and that I am currently SOL.

    Has anyone been able to get Vista and the Airport Extreme to work? I have
    attempted various combinations of encryption (to include none), IP addresses,
    DNS servers... but any suggestions are appreciated and welcome!

    Thanks.
     
    Steve, May 12, 2007
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  2. Steve

    Robert Moir Guest

    What actually happens?

    I'd expect that there might be a problem with configuring the Airport
    Extreme from Vista, but as far as actually using it, a network connection is
    a network connection is a network connection, you know?

    Does the Dell connect to other wireless networks? Can you, for example, take
    it to your local coffee shop or library of choice and get a connection
    there?
     
    Robert Moir, May 13, 2007
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  3. Steve

    Steve Guest

    Every other access point works well.. I have a "solution" if you want to
    call it that.. but it does the following:

    It is unable to connect to the access point or it will not go out to the
    internet if it does connect to it.

    The "solution" that I was able to come up with was hardwire into the back of
    the router. Through MAC's airport tool turn off any encryption. Unplug from
    the back of the router and then connect to the access point through wireless
    (it works). Then, while connected through wireless enable encryption on the
    access point and then on the laptop (it will disconnect from the access point
    but will reconnect when you type in the password).

    For some stupid reason this works as long as the computer stays on. As soon
    as it goes to standby or gets turned off, the steps above have to be done
    again.

    Apple states that there is a compatibility issue with Vista in the codex and
    that this is a wide scale problem that Microsoft has refused to create a
    patch for. Microsoft denies that there is a problem at all...
     
    Steve, May 13, 2007
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  4. Steve

    Robert Moir Guest

    Ah. I wish I had more to offer but this is beyond my wireless experiences.

    I think a good few people here have reported problems with wireless
    networking and Vista, things have obviously changed quite a bit and some old
    'assumptions' that manufacturers could make are no longer true. It's
    especially galling when the two manufacturers pass you back and forth
    without taking responsibility for fixing the problem like this.
     
    Robert Moir, May 13, 2007
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