Cannot get desktop to connect to wireless network.
Posted on 2006-05-02
OS: Windows 2000 Pro
Wireless PCI Card: AIRNET AWD154 802.11g
Cable Modem: Motorola Surfboard
Wireless Router: Linksys WRT54G v. 4
Wireless Range Extender: D-link DWL-G710 Wireless G Range Extender
The Linksys Wireless Router is at one end of the house, and about 150 feet away, the desktop is in a bedroom. The desktop receives a signal the Wireless Router, but it is weak and not reliable. The D-link Wireless Range Extender is located at the end of the hall, in a closet, about 20 feet away from the desktop. It picks up and amplifies the signal from the Linksys Router just fine.
Here is the physical setup:
Cable modem<------>Linksys Wireless Router))))))D-link Wireless Range Extender)))))AIRNET Wireless PCI Card<--->Desktop
This desktop can connect to the Router via patch cable, and then it connects to the Internet just fine. But running 150 feet of patch cable down the hall is unacceptable. Hence, the wireless solution. (Or, should I say, the wireless attempt.)
There are 2 wireless networks set up in this house, one for the Linksys Wireless Router, and another for the D-link Range Extender. But the desktop cannot connect to either one. There is a laptop which conncects wirelessly to the Linksys Wireless Router, but it cannot connect to the D-link Range Extender.
What is really curious is that the Wireless Utility provided by Airnet shows a very strong signal from the D-link Wireless Extender. But no matter what I try, I cannot connect to it.
Occasionally, the Linksys Router wireless shows up on the desktop's Airnet utility, as a weak signal. However, I can't connect to that one, either.
Both wireless networks are set up as encrypted networks. I try using the WEP key, as a 40-bit Passphrase, but I can't get a connection.
I got on the phone with D-link Tech Support, and they said I needed to call Linksys and see how to configure the Range Extender on the Linksys Wireless Router. I called Linksys, and after an hour of waiting, I was disconnected. I don't have time to repeat that attempt.
Surely, I have configured something incorrectly. What do I need to do? Thanks.