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Windows 7: Force connection to limited access network?

09 Sep 2014   #1

Dual Boot: Win 7 Ultimate x64 / Xubuntu 14.04 x64
Force connection to limited access network?

I'm trying to connect to a network with no Internet access. I do a demo in which I connect to a wifi router which 'manages' a very limited network with a web server and a dozen or so other PCs. This network does *not* have Internet access by design.

With My Win 7 Ultimate/x64 Dell 6430U, I sometimes can't maintain a connection to this network. It will complain (correctly) that there is 'limited Internet access' and endlessly connect / disconnect.

Sometimes it works fine, but in other cases it doesn't. I can't definitely say when it will fail, but it seems to fail most often in big hotel conference centers when I'm trying to do a workshop.

It does *not* try to connect to other available wireless networks. It just connects to the one I've specified, complains about limited access, and disconnects, over and over again.

I have a dozen other computers - Macs, Linux laptops, a Chromebook, a couple of other Win7 machines, and WinXP machines, all of which work perfectly every time.

I have pulled out nearly all my remaining hair over this problem. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.

The wifi adapter is listed as an Intel(R) Centrino(R) Advanced-N 6205, and I think Windows is managing it.

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10 Sep 2014   #2

Win7 & Win8 64bit

Welcome to Seven Forums,

Have you tried removing all wireless profiles networks stored in your network? Re-add the Wi-Fi network that you wish to connect and see if it makes any difference.
Wireless Network - Remove

An update to the latest Intel driver might be of helped.

Oh, one more thing... please install and post a snip of the Xirrus Inspector Tool once you run it.
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11 Sep 2014   #3

Dual Boot: Win 7 Ultimate x64 / Xubuntu 14.04 x64

Thanks. I'll try all of that as soon as I can. Part of the difficulty is that it works fine in my office (and in my hotel when I posted), but not in some of the venues where I do presentations. That makes it hard to do testing.

The lat time this happened, I had *never* connected to any of the other on-site networks, and Windows was not trying to connect to them. It was only connecting to my private wifi, complaining about limited access, and disconnecting.

Right now, in my office, it connects perfectly. It does say 'No Internet Access' (not 'Limited Access') but it says connected.

Could it be a problem of competing networks on the same channel? I haven't looked to see if that might be happening.

What's the difference between 'Limited Access' and 'No Internet Access'?
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