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Laptop built-in wireless doesn’t always work with unsecured networks


I have a Sony VGN-S360 laptop with built-in Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network adapter.

This particular computer was with me on a visit to a facility recently that offered FREE wireless internet.  Unfortunately, it couldn’t connect to the network so I had to use a Linksys AE1000 Wireless N USB adapter instead.

So what went wrong?

Well, the driver is from 6/26/2006, ver so I will try an update first.

Sadly, this place blocks FTP, so I couldn’t download the updates from Sony’s website because that’s how they deliver them.  However, I was able to go on Intel’s website and they have their own Update Tool which will allow you to get the latest, greatest driver.

Even after updating the driver, still no dice.  I’m not at that facility anymore so I can only assume that my laptop hardware is just too old and there is no solution but to get a newer laptop or continue using the USB adapter.


  1. We had the same problem in ouer company laptops (HP Laptops) and we solved this problem by uninstaling the HP conetivity software and using intels own software (Intel PROSet-Wireless WiFi Connection Utility). And now it works fine, its mutch easer to handle and connect.
    As an IT-tecnitian in my company i created a network profile for the wifi in ouer company that i can deploy thogeter whit the Intel PROSet software.
    its easy its fast and its more stabale than the computer manufacuers own software.
    But this does onley work vhit an intel wireles card, if you have an oter card in your laptop this software does not work..


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