My desktop Host computer (P4 2.4 256k XP-Pro) is wired to a D-link DI-514 Wired/Wireless 802.11b router with the only client, the laptop,(Celeron 2.0 128k XP-Pro) using a D-Link DWL-650 wireless adapter.
We're using DirecWay satellite internet, correctly set up and working properly.
There are two issues (probably connected) that I cannot resolve.
1. The network connection regularly, intermittently drops out completely,"wireless connection unavailable" then returns a few seconds to a few minutes later. From what I've heard, this is most likely caused by 802.11b authentication being used by the Client - but that brings up Item #2 - I have no way to check it or disable it on the client, because:
2. The "Wireless" tab in network Properties is missing. It positively does not exist anywhere in network connection, properties, Device Manager etc.
When clicking on "available wireless networks" there is nothing there,the entire window is grayed, can't click on "Advanced" or anything else.
I thought this might be caused by the D-Link Utility,but disabling that did nothing.
I have completely removed all wireless drivers, cleaned the registry and reinstalled (twice) with no improvement.
I read the entire "wireless tab missing" thread here and tried or confirmed everything suggested there. NOPE. I've run out of things to try,and people to ask! HELP!
We can think of nothing here that is interfering. Unplugging cordless phones made no difference. Dish Network receiver?
Obviously, at times the network and internet connection work perfectly - but it's driving me nuts frequently not being able to send mail, timing out in the middle, accessing websites. About the only thing I have been able to do consistently is PRINT from the laptop to the Host's printers. yippee.:(
I'm down to contemplating the sledge hammer. I hope you have a better idea!