Wireless Connectivity Issues
Posted on 2008-11-19
Client side: Dell Inspiron 6000, 2 GB Memory, Intel Proset 2200BG, Windows XP Professional (all updates applied and latest Proset driver installed).
Netgear Router WGR614V6 Firmware: V2.0.19_1.0.19NA (latest possible), router connected to high-speed cable modem
I'm sure this question has been posed elsewhere but for the sake of ease, I have been struggling with poor connectivity and am about to throw in the towel and purchase new wireless hardware. I am using WEP encryption and tried all channels. Surprisingly the Intel Proset reports strong connectivity but I cannot browse the web and a page-load usually results in failure. My first suspect was Norton Internet Security so I disabled that totally and this made no difference. I checked that IP and MAC addressed were listed as "Trusted" in Norton. If the configuration of Intel Proset and Netgear is known to be problematic, I'd prefer to get rid of one of these unreliable components for something more stable.
I have been looking at the Belkin N1 notebook adapter and if I can avoid replace both adapter and router , that would be great. Is Belkin a good reliable choice for this notebook and do you feel both the adapter and router should be replaced if the Belkin adapter may not be compatible with the Netgear router?