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James, Sr. Network Administrator
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My Toshiba Satellite L305 can access wifi in many locations,

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My Toshiba Satellite L305 can access wifi in many locations, but not here. Other devices, both Apple and PC, are using the wifi successfully here.

How old is your laptop?


Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Maybe 5 years or so?

Ok - I understand.
There's a good chance that the built-in wireless adapter in your laptop doesn't support modern wireless standards, such as the new N wireless network standard.
Since you already went through all the correct motions of rebooting, etc I think this is the problem.

You can easily work around it by plugging a USB wireless adapter. A modern one is cheap, small and easy to use - you basically just plug it in.
You can get one at any local computer store, and it will work anywhere in the world, with any of the old or new wireless standards.

D Link Wireless USB Adapter

I hope this makes sense!

If you have any other questions or need more information, please ask me – I’ll be happy to respond!
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Many thanks,


Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I'm using the same modem I recently moved from another location, and my laptop worked fine there. And, it also connects to every other network I've tried...

Oh - I understand.

And no settings have changed on the modem, and you tried to power cycle the modem?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Yes. This has been going on for about a month now. I've power cycled the modem multiple times, and my other devices work fine with this modem.

Can you connect the computer with a wire to the modem?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I tried that this morning, and it did not work either.

Does the wireless network connect, and then there is no internet, or it doesn't even connect?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

The network shows it is connected.

Are you using Internet Explorer to try and access the Internet?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Have tried both Firefox and Internet Explorer


Connect it to the wireless network or wire again.

Click start, type CMD and hit enter.
In the black window type two commands:



Tell me what you get after each of the commands please.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

after 1st command, "ping is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file"

after 2nd command, "Pinging with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from bytes = 32 time = 62 ms TTL = 19

Reply from bytes = 32 time = 62 ms TTL = 19

Reply from bytes = 32 time = 62 ms TTL = 19

Reply from bytes = 32 time = 62 ms TTL = 19

Ping statistics for

Packets: sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0

Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds;

Minimum = 62 ms, Maximum = 63 ms, Average = 62 ms

Ok, very good.

click start
type: network
right-click network on the list that pops up, and click properties
click change adapter settings
Right-click the wireless adapter, click properties.
Double click Internet Protocol (TCPIP V 4), click properties.
Move the selector to "obtain DNS server address automatically".
Click Ok, ok, ok.

Repeat for the Wired network adapter.

Test Internet - does it work now?

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

It works with the cable, but not wirelessly.

Okay - did you do the same procedure for ALL the adapters, including the wireless adapter?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Yes, I did.


Please connect it via the wired connection so you can get on the Internet, we will do a reote support session so I can check the wireless.

Once connected, open Internet Explorer, and go to:

On the laptop.

It seems we are not reconnecting.
Can you please let me know if the wireless works on the laptop after the reboot?

If not - I'm afraid there is nothing more we can do. The only solution would be to use an external USB card as I initially suggested.
The adapter may have worked before, but it seems to have become defective.


James and 4 other Networking Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Nope - can't access internet at all now. Thanks for trying - it still seems very weird that it works just fine at home and at several other locations, doesn't it?


I agree it is weird, but I'm convinced it is a problem with the wireless adapter in the laptop. We see it often, especially with older laptops...


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