WinXP Pro - Linksys Wireless - Not Connecting Even though detected??!
Posted on 2004-11-12
I have two identical CPU's (XP PRO, HP a457c), both with Linksys wireless network adapters connecting to a linksys wireless 4-port router.
Computer A connects perfectly and has no problems.
Computer B detects a connection but will not connect (times out).
I have checked all settings between the two in Windows - they are identical. Computer B connects to my neighbors wireles router just fine. In fact, I have been getting by using their connection (gulp). So i know that the adapter works.
I know that my router works because Computer A connects just fine.
So that eliminates HW errors. And just to be sure I moved the wireless PCI adapter from Computer B into another PCI slot after uninstalling all software. I then re-installed everything using a different PCI slot. SAME PROBLEM.
When using Computer B, at startup, the connection to the wireless router times out and I get an error message that says:
"Unable to connect to preferred wireless network" etc.
When I right click on the system tray icon and "View Available Wireless Networks" I can definitely see the linksys router listed. I have 86% signal strength.
When I enable/disable the WEP settings (192.168.1.1 from Computer A, etc) Computer B "View Available Wireless Networks" updates and shows that there is a change in the WEP settings. This is evident because of a padlock that appears and disappears. Computer B must be communicating with the router on some level.
This means to me that the adapter is communincating with the router just fine. It is windows that is preventing me from connecting. And because all the settings that I see are the same on both CPUS, there must be something I am missing and I need help!
Anyone know how to resolve this issue or has any ideas on how to proceed? Please ask if you need more information. I really want to get this up and running ASAP.
Thank you much in advance!
One last thought: Computer A has an older 'B' protocol card. Computer B has a newer mixed mode 'B' and 'G' protocol card. The router is for 'B' protocol only - and is older then the adapter in Computer B. The newer card on computer B is advertised to detect which protocol to use and automatically change. I'd guess that this probably works. BUT, what I thought may of been the problem is that the firmware on the router needs to be updated to handle the newer card. This is a total long-shot and I am the process of emailing tech-support at linksys to get instructions on how to update the firmware (aka another headache because the FAQ's on firmware installation at linksys do not apply to the model I have - I had to request special instruction on how to do so). I call this a LONG SHOT because isn't this why we have protocols to begin with??? If someone comes out with something new they just follow the protocol and it should work with the old. Go figure.