Leopard can't tell an actual wifi network from a "device" network???

i'm at a university and connect to the network "UniversityNet" when i'm on campus. subsequently, it has been added to my list of preferred networks.
i just got home now, and as usual there are lamer computers trying to pass off as actual wifi networks (i'm assuming to try to connect to your computer and snoop around, right?). anyways, once i turned on my wireless on my powerbook, it automatically connected to a device's "UniversityNet" wifi connection.
i don't think this could've done anything when i connected, right? i don't have sharing or anything like that enabled.
and finally, to the point: why can't leopard differentiate from actual wifi networks and those that are under "devices" that try to have the same SSID name??? tiger didn't do this before with these lame joker computers, it was able to remember the real "UniversityNet" wifi networks and not automatically connect to a network just because it had a "UniversityNet" name (aka another computer who had this name). this would be quite bothersome if there were a lot of "linksys" networks in the area, i'd imagine (number 1 network name!)
anybody have any ideas???

Temporarily, I suggest that your turn off the wireless security on the Cisco router and then test to see if the AirPort Express will connect that way.
If it will, then you know that it is wireless security settings issue, and you will need try a different security setting on the Cisco. The AirPort Express will connect to a WPA2 Personal network, which is also known as WPA2-PSK-AES.  The Express will also connect to a WPA/WPA2 Personal network, known sometimes as WPA-PSK-TKIP.
If the Express will not connect to the Cisco network with no security, then you know that it will never connect with security enabled.
More troubleshooting will be required.  For example, the Cisco router might be using "wide channels" on the 2.4 GHz band, when Apple does not.

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