Wireless network - Mac and iPhone work, Windows PC does not!
by CyberAlyMan - 1/24/13 9:31 AM
I am helping my neighbours set up their wireless network. I've been helping out over there for a while so I know how it all works. They have an internet connection from UK provider UtilityWarehouse, that all works fine, but the wireless router which came with the broadband package is connected, via ethernet, to a wired router on another part of the property, which is then connected to a wireless bridge.
Previously, this allowed two separate wireless networks on the same network, however recently there has been a connectivity issue at the second part of the property. The problem occurs in the router which ISN'T connected directly to the phone line, but occurs in the router which is connected via ethernet to the first router.
Okay so here's the weird part: Everybody can connect to the first router's wireless network just fine, but when connecting to the second router's wireless network, the MacBook Pro and my iPhone can both connect just fine BUT Windows PC's (running Windows 7) cannot access the internet at all. They can connect to the wireless network, but they can never load any websites. Both of these windows PCs can access the router setup page (192.168.1.245) but neither of them can get any webpages to go through. I disabled all security and firewalls temporarily to see if that was the issue, but nothing helped. I am completely stumped.
So, any ideas what could cause a wireless connection to allow a Mac and an iPhone access to the internet, but would throw up issues when faced with a Windows 7 PC?
The wireless router causing the issue is a linksys wap54g