I am having trouble getting connected to my Linksys wireless router. I have it set up with a specific SSID -- which it is not broadcasting -- and wireless security turned off. I'm sure you could lecture me about how this is bad practice, but I'm not interested in that; I need to know how to get this working.
I experimented by turning the SSID broadcast on, and then immediately my computer could connect with no issue. But when I subsequently (manually) disconnected my computer, disabled SSID broadcasting on the router, and then tried to reconnect with the computer, I run into trouble.
Here's where I'm getting stuck:
- My network does not show up in the list (which is expected), so I click Network and Sharing Center
- I click on "Set up a new connection or network"
- I choose "Manually connect to a wireless network"
- I type in the SSID, choose "No authentication" from the security drop down, and check the checkboxes labeled "Start this connection automatically" and "Connect even if the network is not broadcasting"
- I click Next
- Immediately, it tells me A network called [SSID] already exists
- It presents me with only two options: "Use the existing network" or "Choose a different name." The former option takes me back to step 1, because even though it says "the network already exists," it doesn't show it anywhere in the list. The latter option takes me back to step 4.
As you can see I end up in a real-life infinite loop. It's telling me "the network already exists," but it's nowhere to be found in the list of existing networks. What do I do?