Got home last Friday night and I couldn't connect to my wireless network. It sometimes happens and I have to reboot the WAP and/or router, so I didn't think anything about it. Once everything came back up, my laptop could see the WAP, but I couldn't aquire a network address through DHCP. There was no activity on the WAP so I thought something was screwy with my laptop. I tried my Wife's laptop, saw the WAP, but wasn't able to get a network address. Since both laptops are running Windoz, I figured I'd reboot everything and see what happens. Nothing happens.
I fired up my Linux box and started looking at the network. All seemed fine. I could ping the other hosts on the network, but couldn't ping the WAP (I think I can do that, but by now I am second guessing myself). So I reset both the router and WAP back to factory settings and changed all the static IP numbers on my network. Still no dice. At this point I figured my WAP is toast and I'll have to replace it. I have my eye on that little 4 port router with WAP attached anyway, so it will be a good chance to upgrade my technology. It's 23:30 and I need to go to a wedding tomorrow, so I give up.
While we were away Saturday the power went out at the house. Now, both the router and WAP are on a UPS, so they shouldn't have been affected. My wife fires up her laptop while I am on the desktop and says "When did you fix the wireless network?". WTF? Now it's working. I wonder if the WAP is running embedded Windoz?