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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-30-2002, 11:57 PM Thread Starter
 
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Win XP + Dlink wireless networking

OK. I'm about to throw 2 machines into the dumpster. I had a Win98 desktop that was giving me issues, so I decided to upgrade to XP today. Got everything working (so I thought), and my girlfriend saw how much better my PC was working, so she wanted me to upgrade her laptop. No problem. Well, lots of problems, but that's another story... ANYWAY, the desktop has a D-Link 120 USB wireless ethernet card, and the laptop has a D-Link DWL-650 wireless PCMCIA ethernet card. Both will connect to my router, but only for an unmeasured period of time, after which the connection fails. XP still sees the wireless network, but I can't get an IP address. I have tried everything, including disabling ALL security, so anyone within a 100 yards or so can hop onto my network... BUT, I think it's still happening. Any ideas? Pleez? Anyone? Bueller?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-31-2002, 06:39 AM
 
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What kind of wireless router is it? Is the router near anything that may cause interference? Get the latest BIOS update for that laptop, it really does make a difference especially if the laptop didn't come with Win2K or XP.
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Well it would be kind of a coincidence if the interference starting happened right at the same time the computers were being upgraded... my vote is for a bad Win XP driver. Best bet is to contact DLink...

I am running the same setup... was thinking of upgrading to Windows XP but I guess that wouldn't be a good idea... if you resolve this please post it I would be interested.


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Well, it;s a D-Link 711 router. And I've now found out that if BOTH XP machines are connected, both connections will fail. However, I turned off the desktop, got the laptop connected, and it stayed connected all night. I've now got a Win2K laptop connected with the USB card, and both seem to be working fine. So in short, I can't have both XP machines connected at the same time. :mad: :mad: Of course, if I reboot the router, the connection comes back.

The sad thing is, when both were running Win98, they were working fine. I've checked a few places, and a LOT of people have trouble with D-Link and XP. I'm PISSED.
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Guess I won't upgrade then... that's okay Win2k is stable and I have no problem sticking with that for the near future.

If you want to get away from Win98 (which sucks big time) I would suggest Win2K. I haven't had any problems with three machines being connected to my router (2 using D-Link DWL-650 and the other directly plugged into the router DLink 713P). All three machines are running Windows 2000 Professional.

But about your comment I have my doubts about the 100yds... my other two machines can't be more than 30 or 40 ft and I am always cycling between fair/poor connection strength...
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Check for a firmware update on the Dlink.
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I updated the firmware on the router Sunday night. That may have solved the problem. I'll find out when I get back in town.
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That would be absolutely amazing if that worked... I don't see how it could be anything other than a network adapter driver problem.... Please post if it works I love to be amazed
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OK... upgrading the firmware did NOT work. Neither did buying a new router. :mad: :mad:

BUT!!!!

If you:
[list=1][*]Remove all traces of D-Link from the machine[*]Disable XP's Wireless Zero Configuration[*]Install Linksys drivers (I forgot which card)[*]And install Linksys' configuration utility[/list=1]

It works. Pain in the ass.
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