Wireless Connection Keeps Dropping: XP No Service Packs



Using a Netopia Wireless Router + standard wireless PCI card - the connection keeps on dropping

Signal strenght is good.

The XP on the system has no service packs ( ie. No SP1 or SP2)

Do you have to have SP1 or SP2 on XP for WZC to work properly ?

Are there any patches I need apply ?

jetsonxAsked:
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JeffesmiConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Yes, you must apply SP2 for clean and stable wireless in Windows XP.  I've found SP1 to be spotty for wireless implementations. It's been so long since I've worked with a pre-SP1 machine, that I can't imagine what untreated security flaws and bugs must exist.  Also, SP2 adds WPA support.  I would heavily recommend downloading the newest drivers for your "standard wireless PCI card."  Also, if the vendor offers a FLASH update, do that.  I don't work with any wireless netopia routers, but I have to imagine they have FLASH updates as well.  Bring everything up-to-date, and see if that fixes your issues.  If not, try a different wireless card.  If you can do it, test another wireless PC or laptop with your Netopia and see if that machine experiences drops as well.  If it does, you know it's specific to your PC: drivers, card, OS patch level, configuration issue.  Also, check the power settings on the wireless card.  XP pre-SP1 had some issues with power management.  It may be that your card is set to, "allow computer to turn off this device to conserve power".  Check in Device Manager, right click on the card, properties, Power Management Tab. If no tab exists, then the card most likely doesn't have that feature.  Also, if you tell me the specific brand of NIC you have, I might have additional ideas.

Best Wishes,

Jeffery Smith
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lrmooreConnect With a Mentor Commented:
SP2 makes a major overhaul of wireless capabilites and WZC. I highly recommend it.
Also be sure to upgrade to the latest manufacturer's drivers from their website, not just from the CD that came with the card. Also be sure that you have the latest firmware for the router.
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Booda2usCommented:
Hello jetsonx, Is the voltage source for your router 'clean'? A 'UPS' will eliminate that source of interference. Do you have all of your filters installed? Does connection drop when hardwired? ot just wireless? Might be an electromagnetic interference , such as a refrigerator motor or fan motor coming on, Stereo speakers, TV, etc. Try moving your router to  a different location and see if that works.  I hope this helps...Booda2us
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gkumaranCommented:
I would recommend to go with SP2 and use WZC. Sometimes, I find it better than the Utility provided by the card manufactuer.
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IanThCommented:
sp2 adds a lot of security fixes that you should not be without as sp3 is actually due out soon

http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,122871-page,1/article.html?RSS=RSS

its a major mistake going online without sp2
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jetsonxAuthor Commented:
As has been said Service Pack 2 made a world of difference from making a spotty
unreliable connection into a connection that was stable and reliable.

Thanks for the all the input!
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