Wireless connection icon

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    Tosca VIP Member

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    Hi everyone

    I have XP Pro SP2 and keep my Windows Updates current. Last night, I noticed that the wireless connection icon (PC Monitor with three curved green lines to the right) had a red cross through it. That suggested that the connection was down but I was still using the internet wirelessly without any problem. I ignored it and, about 6 hours later, the icon changed spontaneously from the monitor to what looked like an Aerial with 3 (?) curved green lines at it's upper end. Again, the wireless connection worked perfectly and had done so throughout my up-time.

    I recall having had some Windows Updates a few days ago and just wondered if one of them had, intentially, changed the icon, just as I had noticed the same icon change when I upgraded from SP1 to SP2. I am using the same laptop now and the wireless connection icon has reverted to the PC Monitor with three curved lines to the right! Needless to say, I am up to date with AV, my ZoneAlarm log is clear and AdAware/Spybot S&D give a clean result.

    Any idea why the icon should change to the Aerial from the PC Monitor? Is it something which I could pre-select as I quite liked the Aerial icon.

    Thanks for your time.
     
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    James Photojournalist

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    It could be that you installed a driver for some sort of WAN miniport or infra-red. Go to Network connections and list of the connections you have (sort by detail).
     
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    Hi James

    I only have:

    Local Area Connection (Intel(R) PRO/100 VE Network Connection) which is unplugged

    Wireless Network Connection (Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection) which I'm using

    1394 Connection (1394 Net Adapter) which is reported as connected although I don't (knowingly) use this.

    I haven't installed any drivers recently but did a Firmware Upgrade for my Netgear Router. Could this have caused the icon change - but this isn't consistent as it is the PC Monitor icon at present. It was the Aerial icon for about 2 hours last night!

    Thanks
     
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    James Photojournalist

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    Disable the Firewire (1394) connection. This is probably what you're seeing as connected/disconnected at times.
     
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    OK James, I've done that and the PC Monitor icon is there, as usual, confirming wireless connection. Why do you reckon it changed to an Aerial icon for a couple of hours? Has anyone else seen a similar icon indicating wireless connection?
     
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