Having a problem with various wireless machines deciding to shift their attention from the wireless router or access point quite near them, to APs outside the building or office. This of course causes issues when doing things like using network printers or shares. These machines are laptops, so they do need to hook up to different access points at other locations (where the same problems recur).
It’s a variety of machines from Powerbooks to Sony Vaio pcg491. I’m not sure exactly what this hunting is actually called, which is limiting my Google searches. If anyone has any tips for words to use, or knows of a way to effectively limit this hunting while still leaving it easy for the user to connect at other sites, I’d be very glad to hear it. Your wireless devices are re-associating with other access points. The main way to stop this is to configure the wireless clients to associate only with a network that has a specified SSID. In WinXP this is done by establishing a Preferred Network, and by setting the driver to associate only with preferred networks (and also not with ad-hoc networks).