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Wireless does not work out of the box
on November 25, 2012
I recently purchased the Acer AXC-600 (commonly referred to on other sites as DT.SLJAA.002) from Amazon during one of their Black Friday sales. It met my requirements and was a great deal, however, there were limited details. It ships with a Qualcomm Atheros AR5BWB222 Wireless NIC. I am not clear if this is a challenge with Windows 8 or this particular Wireless NIC, but when you first initialize the PC the Wireless NIC does not work with the correct wireless network key. It will find local wireless networks just fine; however, when you put in the appropriate key for your network, it will report it as the wrong one. I initially thought it was a driver issue and spent a little while finding the appropriate driver and it was current. I was able to fix the problem, by running a (very long) Ethernet cable to it from my router and having it do a Windows Update and restart (kind of funny that the newest version of Windows still likes to restart). I hope someone else reads this and avoids the couple of hours of retyping the correct key and running back and forth trying to troubleshoot. Now that it has been online for a couple of hours, my wife is very happy and learning about all of Microsoft's other new "features."