The Wireless Adapter Does Not Work With a Network Bridge in Network Connections
Affected Products: Notebook Computers, Desktop Computers, Destination® PCs
Affected Operating Systems: Windows® XPISSUE: The wireless adapter does not work correctly when there is a Network Bridge in the Network Connections. When this occurs, the wireless adapter generally looks like it is unplugged or cannot receive a connection.
In most circumstances the network bridge was not intended, was created by accident, and is not needed. RESOLUTION: Either remove the network bridge or enable compatibility mode if the bridge is required.
Remove the Bridge
- Open Control Panel.
- From the Windows XP default Start menu, click Control Panel.
- From the classic Start menu, point to Settings, and then click Control Panel.
- In Control Panel, open Network Connections.
- If you are in Category View, click Network and Internet Connections, and then click Network Connections.
- If you are in Classic View, double-click the Network Connections icon.
- In the Network Connections window, click the Network Bridge icon.
- From the File menu, click Delete.
- In the Confirm Connection Delete dialog box, click Yes.
- A dialog box opens as the bridge is removed. When removal is complete, the bridge should no longer appear in the Network Connections window.
Enable Compatibility Mode If Your Configuration Requires a Network Bridge
- From the Start menu, click Run.
- In the Run dialog box, type: Cmd. Click OK.
- At the command prompt, type: Netsh bridge show adapter. Press the ENTER key on your keyboard.
- Note the number assigned to the wireless adapter.
- At the command prompt, type: Netsh bridge set a 1 e (where you substitute the number displayed in the previous step for the number 1 in this step).
- To verify that the wireless card is correctly set with Force Compatibility Mode enabled, at the command prompt type: Netsh bridge show adapter.
Note: Configuration of the Wireless NIC may still be required.