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Wi-Fi network now showing up

Dear FMCA Computer Geeks:

I use a Sprint card for Internet access while traveling. When that signal is not strong enough I have been able to use Wi-Fi connections provided by campgrounds.

Recently, while at home, Wi-Fi connections that previously were visible on "available network connections" were not showing up anymore on my laptop. I am able to still use the sprint card, but it's not working as well as it did in the past. I don't know what happened.

Because we run a home business while traveling, we really need to be able to use a Wi-Fi connection as a backup to the Sprint card. I use a Toshiba laptop with Windows 7.

Rick Rickert

If no wireless networks are showing up, then most likely your built-in adapter has gotten turned off.

There is a switch on your laptop to turn off the adapter to prolong battery life. It may be hard to find, and sometimes it is a function key combination. Look for a button or a switch around the edges of the laptop. Often there is an indicator light to tell you when it is on.
If that is not the case, click on the Windows "start" button and type "wireless."  You will get results that will allow you to view devices. Make sure your wireless device is working properly.
There are many reasons your Sprint card may not be working as well as in the past.  More users in your area will decrease your available bandwidth. The Sprint tower might be having problems. New buildings or other types of interference could be to blame. Check to see that your device drivers are up-to-date. Re-orient your computer to see if performance improves.

— Jim Guld


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