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Windows 7: Unable to establish secure Wireless Network


24 Apr 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
Unable to establish secure Wireless Network

I've applied WPA-2 Personal encryption to my home wireless network which is recognised in Control Panel>Network and Internet>Manage Wireless Networks. When I re-start my laptop I have to manually connect to the same named, but still unsecured network in the notification area. When I do this a new network appears on my Manage Wireless Networks list of "<network name> 2", and if I repeat this process "<network name> 2 3". I am connected via this new, unsecured network. I am unable to connect via the previous, secured iterations. I'm hoping there's a pretty straightforward solution, and I have overlooked something pretty basic. Does anyone have any ideas? Thanks in advance.


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24 Apr 2013   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Hiya Mark and welcome to the forums

Goto manage wireless networks, remove all previous connections and try and start from scratch (soz I'm not on my laptop at the mo, so I've just grabbed a image from the net to show you where to go ignore the properties thing and just select each wireless connection and click "remove"

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24 Apr 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mark1968 View Post
I've applied WPA-2 Personal encryption to my home wireless network which is recognised in Control Panel>Network and Internet>Manage Wireless Networks. When I re-start my laptop I have to manually connect to the same named, but still unsecured network in the notification area. When I do this a new network appears on my Manage Wireless Networks list of "<network name> 2", and if I repeat this process "<network name> 2 3". I am connected via this new, unsecured network. I am unable to connect via the previous, secured iterations. I'm hoping there's a pretty straightforward solution, and I have overlooked something pretty basic. Does anyone have any ideas? Thanks in advance.
Yes this is true, you should remove those rogue wireless profiles as suggested by PooMan UK however,...

I believe the bigger problem is that you assumed WPA2 with AES would be applied when you set up the wireless profile in "Manage Wireless Connections" but those settings need to match the ones used when you set up your router, otherwise they won't stick.

So you should go into your routers settings to ensure that you have it properly secured. This would typically be at 192.168.x.x etc. Then create a new wireless profile using the security settings which you enabled in your router.
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24 Apr 2013   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Sorted! Thanks Pooman and Chev for your suggestions. Deleted all the networks in Manage Wireless Networks, as suggested by Pooman, then went back to my router's settings and secured the network from there, as suggested by Chev. Did the trick. Thanks again for your help; I appreciate it. Cheers!
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25 Apr 2013   #5

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mark1968 View Post
Sorted! Thanks Pooman and Chev for your suggestions. Deleted all the networks in Manage Wireless Networks, as suggested by Pooman, then went back to my router's settings and secured the network from there, as suggested by Chev. Did the trick. Thanks again for your help; I appreciate it. Cheers!
Good deal mark, we are glad this problem is solved.
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25 Apr 2013   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Glad you got it sorted pal
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