how to _stop_ laptop from hooking up to an AP?

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've got an Asus netbook something or another running
the most recent update to XP.

We've got a (T-Mobile branded) Linksys here for use
as an access point. The netbook does fine when it
hooks to it.

But... every so often the netbook seeks and finds the
neighbor's Linksys first. Which works ok, but isn't very
neighborly of me.

Oh, and their signal is "marginal" whereas ours is "good".

I can manually reset it, but I'd rather have the
netbook choose ours.

(the SSIDs are different, as are the channels).

There's probably a simple setting that I'm overlooking.

Suggestions?

Thanks.


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Re: how to _stop_ laptop from hooking up to an AP?


On Sat, 18 Sep 2010 00:12:13 +0000 (UTC), danny burstein

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If you're using XP's Windoze Wireless Zero Config, just move your SSID
to the top of the "preferred networks" list per:
<http://www.online-tech-tips.com/windows-xp/preferred-networks-windows-xp/
<http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/wlan_client_configure.mspx

If you're not using WZC, whatever client manager you're using probably
has a similar "preferred" feature.

On the other foot, if I were evil, I would suspect that the SSID of
Linksys implies that nothing else has been configured.  Connect to the
neighbors Linksys, login, turn off the wireless or otherwise disarm
the monster, and offer your services to the neighbor as a wireless
consultant.  Being part of both the problem and the solution tends to
be rather profitable.


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Re: how to _stop_ laptop from hooking up to an AP?



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ahhh... exactly what I was hoping for. thanks

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I did, in fact, do something similar for them a year ago.

They came by and asked for help with their (brand name) TiVo.
(I had previously set them up with the 30 second "skip").

The problem, as I figured out once I brought my laptop
over, was that, yes, they still had "linksys" as the SSID.

Their TiVo was hooking up to _a_ linksys, but it happened
to be another neighbor's - and that one wasn't actually
hooked up to the internet.

So I changed their SSID and channel... and all was good
with the world.

Thanks again for the XP info.



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