Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Wireless issues on a Domain

19 May 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional
Wireless issues on a Domain

Hi all,

I'm brand new to the forums, so please be patient with me.

I'm not a new person to Windows and I think I know it pretty well. Unfortunately, it appears I have met my match with this problem.

I run a Windows Server 2003 AD Domain at home. Recently, I started to play around with a copy of Windows 7 Professional with the hopes I would upgrade my computers. It works flawlessly on the 3 desktop computers (and by flawlessly, I mean, as flawless by Windows standards). When I stuck it on my laptop though, I experienced an unusual problem.

Windows 7 installs nicely on the laptop - all drivers installed and it runs smoothly. I can connect to my wireless network, there are about 6 wireless networks that appear in the list. Then I join it to the domain. After it has been joined to the domain, the list of wireless networks is empty (even if I'm sitting beside the access point). I set up a wireless network profile in the N&S center and it still does not connect. So I removed it from the domain. Low and behold, I can see wireless networks again.

My thought was that this is something in the group policy that kills the wireless network. Unfortunately, I have no clue what option in Server 2003 would govern this (I haven't gone in and created any wireless policies).

I've looked through Google and come up with only a handful of possible solutions. None of them have worked as they were all slightly different problems from mine.

Has anyone experienced this problem? Does anyone have a solution for it?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 May 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional

It's nothing to do with the network location. The list is empty, network location suggests that there is a connection available. My wireless network connection is always disconnected and it never presents any networks to connect to.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
19 May 2010   #3

Windows 7

Windows firewall settings are different for a Domain network and a Private network. All the inbound network discovery rules are disabled on a domain network. You might try to turn off windows firewall.

When you join a domain the domain firewall policy is selected by default.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

20 May 2010   #4

Windows 7 Professional

Hi Ultraplanet, thanks for the response. I've looked at the network settings and turned a mixture of the firewall and network discovery on and off - no change can be reported.

That said, I have been able to conduct a bit of further testing. I built up a Server 2008 R2 domain controller (separate from my environment) and joined the laptop to that domain. The wireless WORKS. I don't get it. What is it about the Windows 2003 domain / policies, that could be killing the wireless networking components in Windows 7??
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Wireless issues on a Domain

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Primary DNS Suffix issues when joining domain
Not sure if anyone has experience with setting up windows 7 computers on a domain, but I'm running into an issue at work that I've decided to post on several forums in hope of a solution This is an example of what I need to have set: Domain name: Primary DNS suffix:...
Network & Sharing
Windows 7 Pro XP Mode Wireless NIC won't join Domain
I have setup XP Mode on my Windows 7 Pro laptop. XP Mode boots up works great with NAT selected on the network settings. I cannot for the life of me join our business' domain once I select the wireless card (I obviously don't use NAT to try to join, for I know that will not work). I have a...
Wireless domain login
We are rolling out Windows 7 tablets to faculty. We configure for the user using ethernet, allow the user to log in with their domain credentials. This should cache a copy of their domain credentials on the tablet. However, when we boot the table with no ethernet connected it takes a real long time...
Network & Sharing
Windows 7 Domain Issues
Hi All, Hope someone can help me!! Ive tried googeling every combination of my problem but cant see to find a decent answer. Im having real problems connecting my Windows 7 laptop to my domain. I've been able to connect Windows2k Machines and XP with no problems. Windows 7 simply spews the...
Network & Sharing
Connecting to Wireless Network on Domain
Hello all, I'm testing out Windows 7 Professional on the network we use at a school district. All the other machines have Windows XP and work fine, but 7 isn't working right now. When the XP machines join the domain, they have the wireless information sent to them and they automatically...
Network & Sharing

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:56.
Twitter Facebook Google+