Sony Vaio & Wireless Troubleshooting

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Sony Vaio & Wireless Troubleshooting
A router incorrectly connected to your modem will confound your Vaio's wireless. (ADSL Router image by Phil2048 from

Your Sony Vaio computer's wireless Internet may normally work well, but all it takes is a slight error to throw off your normal browsing routine. The Sony Vaio's browser settings may be off or your broadband modem and wireless router may be connected incorrectly. Additionally, it could simply be the case of a forgotten wireless network password. You can diagnose your Sony Vaio's wireless problem and fix it without any special tools or devices. You will only need the router manual.

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  1. 1

    Check the browser settings on your Sony Vaio. Launch your web browser and click on the "File" tab at the top to bring down a list of settings. Make sure the "Work Offline" setting is not checked. If it is, click once on this setting to deactivate it.

  2. 2

    Observe the connection between your broadband modem and wireless router and ensure they are correct. The Ethernet cable stretching between the two devices should plug into the respective Ethernet ports on their back. Ensure this connection has not come loose. The Ethernet ports essentially look like jumbo-sized telephone cord jacks.

  3. 3

    Reset your password if you suspect you may have forgotten yours. Locate the manual that originally shipped with your wireless router in order to do this. This manual will contain the default password for your router and also a unique, manufacturer-provided URL.

  4. 4

    Enter the URL into the address field of your web browser. Press "Enter." When prompted, enter the default password from the manual.

  5. 5

    Select a new password for your wireless network. Ensure it is one you can easily remember. Also, be sure to select "WPA" security encryption. You will be able to select between "WEP" and "WPA" encryption, although WPA is technologically superior and should be your choice for security.

  6. 6

    Click "Apply" to save these settings.

  7. 7

    Attempt to rejoin the wireless network on your Sony Vaio. Click on the wireless network icon on your Windows desktop. This icon is located on the right side of the bottom of the screen system tray.

  8. 8

    Peruse the available wireless networks list that pops up. This is a list of all the wireless networks within your area. You should see the name of your wireless network listed here. Click on it to join.

  9. 9

    Wait a few moments. You should receive a message on the bottom right of your Sony Vaio's display indicating that you have successfully joined the network. You can now launch your browser again and enjoy wireless surfing.

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