Hi, I'm Magic, and thanks for asking your question on JustAnswer. I will be glad to help you.
I would try reinstalling your WLAN drivers for your laptop
What exact model of Sony VAIO laptop are you using?
did both experience the same power outage?
so your laptops see the correct SSID, but they cannot connect to it?
when you login to your router, does it see the laptops try to connect to it?
on the laptops, if you have them connected by Ethernet cable, remove the Ethernet cable, then disable and re-enable the wireless signal
make sure to remove ALL previous networks/SSIDs that you have been connected to before as well.
It's almost beginning to sound like a problem with your router still. Make sure to verify what SSIDs/networks your laptop is "seeing"
but since other products connect, it's hard to tell.
strange for a corruption to happen on 2 Windows-based laptops at the same time.
is it Verizon's wireless router, or one that you purchased
hmm...do they allow you access to login to it?
ok, go to the DHCP leases and see what devices have 192.168.x.x IP addresses
check if the MAC addresses from the Sony laptops are in there
also, reverify the wireless SSID just to make sure
sometimes a separate "guest" SSID can be created on some routers.
does it give an IP address in the Verizon router?
hmm...so the laptops are getting connected?
I know what you are seeing.
After the power outage, it's reading it as a different "network", but it's actually the same one
mine have done that sometimes.
Windows will sometimes detect it as a different "network" even when it is not. It's totally ok.
There is a way to "merge" these
bare with me while I get that
Open Network and Sharing Center
ah, it should be a home network, not public
in the upper left of Network and Sharing Center, it should say "Customize"
I mean upper-right
you should get a prompt to change it to Home
after you save that, there is another link for "Merge or Delete Network Locations"
that will bring up all the "network locations" for your SSID. Select the ones to merge, then click OK. Voila!!
it should be in the lower-left of that box that gives you the option to change the type of network you are connected to
so when you click Customize in the upper-right, what's the next screen you get?
should be to the right of your active network
aye...they changed the menu
sorry about that.
that's different. Those are the actual physical SSIDs that you connect to
the place where you saw it was the correct place
Network Sharing Center > Click the active network.
that's where it allows you to change and also merge networks
when you delete them from the "manage wireless networks" section, it's "supposed" to delete the networks also from the other part.
so it did allow you to change your connection to a "home network"?
ok, any other links on that page?
ok, click on the icon for your active network
just under 'View your active networks'
there should be another window that appears
there we go. Click that
it will show you the additional networks. Choose the ones that match the original
yeah. it makes a separate one for each one you rename
weird Windows 7 quirk
that will correct the issue though.
yes, if they are all the same.
that should resolve what you are seeing.
good, now click all the ones you want to merge to the original
then click OK, and it will merge them
typically I would only merge them if they have the same "root' name
good, now click the one that it should be merged to
then click OK.
the new name, if those are the ones you are merging.
merge all like PRNGL to those like it
HUG27 should be separate
to keep it simple
I am leaving for a bit to run some errands. If you have further issues, please respond and I will see it here. I will return in about 3 hours.
Sorry to leave so quickly.
have to pickup my kids
yep. you should be good
do the same on the other laptop as well
I shall return around 830pm.
Sorry about the long delay.
As long as your laptop is connecting to your router, that is what matters. WiFi connections tend to cause this issue the most.
It may say that it's a different network, but what matters is what you see on the wireless icon in the bottom-right
by the time.
I can understand the frustration.
From what you've shown me, it looks like your laptops are connecting to your router without problems...Windows is just naming the 'network' in a funny way since it's seen different 'versions' of the same network.
If wireless didn't work at all when you connected to your router, that would be another problem.
Are your computers able to connect to the Internet using wireless?
You said you already tried to restore your laptops to a time before the power outage earlier, so that is not the problem.
There are 2 other options: reinstall your WLAN drivers or try creating a new user account to see if your user account is corrupted.
Let's try creating another user account first. Go to Control Panel > User Accounts
Create a new account with 'Administrator' privileges. you can name it whatever you want.
afterwards, login to the account and see if you are able to connect to the Internet using wireless.
I forgot to ask...what computer security are you using on your computer?
It's very possible that your computer security could be causing the problem.