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Trouble W/ Wireless

By AdAstra
Mar 25, 2007
  1. Have two computers: A and B

    A:
    - Gateway MX6596 Laptop
    - XP Media Center Edition, Version 2002, SP 2
    - Intel (R) PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection

    B:
    - HP Pavilion Desktop
    - XP Home Edition, Version 2002, SP 2
    - Belkin 802.11g Network Adapter (the wireless card)

    I use Comcast cable internet which is accessed through a wireless router (Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router) and a cable modem.

    A is able to connect to the network and browse the internet just fine.

    Here is A's "ipconfig /all" information:

    Windows IP Configuration



    Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : Xibalba

    Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :

    Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown

    IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

    WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

    DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : hsd1.co.comcast.net.



    Ethernet adapter Wireless Network Connection:



    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : hsd1.co.comcast.net.

    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection

    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-18-DE-55-4E-39

    Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes

    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

    IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.100

    Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0

    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1

    DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1

    DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 68.87.85.98

    68.87.69.146

    Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Sunday, March 25, 2007 4:14:37 PM

    Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Monday, March 26, 2007 4:14:37 PM



    Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:



    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected

    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Marvell Yukon 88E8038 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller

    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-E0-B8-AE-67-07



    B connects to the network sporadically, but it is never able to browse the internet.
    B's "ipconfig /all" information:



    Windows IP Configuration



    Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : IansComputer

    Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :

    Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Mixed

    IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

    WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No



    Ethernet adapter Wireless Network Connection:



    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :

    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Belkin 802.11g Network Adapter

    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-11-50-1E-D9-9F

    Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes

    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

    IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 0.0.0.0

    Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 0.0.0.0

    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :

    DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.255



    Can someone please help me solve this issue?

    Thanks.
     
  2. chamillitarysk8

    chamillitarysk8 TS Booster Posts: 128

    its not getting an ip address when it connects try to set it up custom with the ip address and subnet mask from pc a
     
  3. gavinseabrook

    gavinseabrook TS Rookie Posts: 320

    When you view available networks, how strong is your signal?
     
  4. AdAstra

    AdAstra TS Rookie Topic Starter

    The strength says Excellent but the speed deteriorates. At first 54 Mbps, then 48, then 24, then 11. I already tried manually inputting the proper IP, DNS, subnet mask and all that.
     
  5. gavinseabrook

    gavinseabrook TS Rookie Posts: 320

    Could be a driver problem, try to reintstall the drivers/software and also check any windows updates.
     
  6. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,393   +107

    Heads up! Good job on the examples

    Very easy to fix...
    On the wireless laptop connect that using a LAN cable directory to the Router
    You should get a connect... Write down that IP address you going to need it later.

    Give it time the wirless should get a signal if it doesn't then unplug the cable. Go into the wireless setup for the NIC and make the IP static that you had wrote down.

    example:

    IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.101

    Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0

    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1

    DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.1


    Once you do this and it's set and wireless shows up reboot the laptop. Upon returning into XP and the signal is present go back to the NIC settings and make it Auto Obtain IP.

    For stubborn cases you might have to force the Router to static IP for the wireless laptop. You'll need a router that can handle that task.
     
  7. AdAstra

    AdAstra TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok, so I reinstalled the drivers and it connected to the network for a second and even exchanged packets, but now it won't detect ANY wireless networks. Of the two LED lights on the back of the wireless card the orange one (Link) is lit up but the green one (ACT) is not.
     
  8. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,393   +107

    What happens when you connect with LAN cable does it get connect that way? Also when you do this the wireless should also be active. But if it's not even after drivers installed?

    Try taking out the PCMICA card if that's what you're using with the Laptop and then try a different slot or just plug it again XP should detect it. If not then the card is DOA.
     
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