Atheros / Vista "local only" (5313 Views)
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Atheros / Vista "local only"

Going crazy with this "local only" issue. Hundreds of threads about this problem. Very few solutions.  My mother's laptop will connect via ethernet cable but not through the wireless card. (Atheros).  I've spent nearly 6 hours dealing with this problem, ridiculous.  Seriously, WiFi is a basic facet..and if phones can get it right, it shouldn't be that hard for a computer to do so.

Wireless connection "local only"

Compaq Presario C700
Atheros AR5007 802.1 1 b/g
Netgear Wireless-N 150 Router model WNR1000v2

1) Updated driver to from 5/30/2007 version to:, release date 9/30/2009

2) Restored factory settings of router.

3) Attempted with WPA, WEP, and no security.

4) netsh int ip reset & reset logs

5) regedit per Microsoft on DHCPbitFlagToggle, after attempting the
related Microsoft hotfix.

6) Disabled firewall

7) Attempted to have Windows diagnose and fix.

8) Updated to Vista SP2

9) Test a second machine, it was able to connect to router fine.  Tried connecting to another router with Compaq, failed. Problem definitely seems to be with the Atheros driver/networking stack.

10) All IP addresses check out and are configured properly.

...that's just what I recall off the top of my head.

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Registered: ‎07-13-2010
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Re: Atheros / Vista "local only"

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I think that driver is still to old to fix your problem.  Use this one and I am very confident your problem will be solved.



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Registered: ‎10-16-2013
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Re: Atheros / Vista "local only"


Pauk Tikkanen you are a genius!

I inherited an oldish HP laptop from my son and, of course, had to make it work even though I didn't need it. The Vista message of 'local only' seems to be a huge problem - the web is full of questions and hundreds of 'answers'.  I have spent several days trying out some of the 'answers', many seemed to be a bit nutty.  I had often wondered about the Atheros driver but didn't have the knowledge or the nerve to update it - your link to the right driver was just the prod I needed.  I had to download it on a memory stick on another PC of course and initially it didn't work, in fact I couldn't see any networks at all - so I did a re-boot, which did the trick.  So, many thanks for your solution and giving me the confidence to try it.



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Registered: ‎07-13-2010
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Re: Atheros / Vista "local only"

You're very welcome, donsie1.


Glad the driver worked for you as it has for many others (including myself).

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