windows 7 wednesday tip: change in wireless access security

i just got back from a trip to phoenix to visit family (more on that later) and had a very short but useful windows 7 todo list while i was there.  my cousins’ computers weren’t connecting to the home wireless setup and exhibited the following behavior shown below trying to connect to my mifi device:

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clicking on the open network and sharing center was the next step in troubleshooting this message

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and then clicking on manage wireless networks

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notice that the sprint mifi was using wpa2-personal (i changed it to wep to reproduce this problem).  by removing it i was able to have my cousins reconnect to their home wireless with the new credentials

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with the old information removed, i can now click on the mifi device

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click connect and provide the new security key

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life and access to the internet returns to normal (whew!)

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now my mifi is using wep key (not as secure but compatible with older devices that don’t support wpa or wpa2)

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