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WRT100 crashes when HP connects to wireless

Having a weird problem with my router / laptop.

I have a linksys rangeplus wireless router (model no: WRT100), running the latest firmware. It's been working fine for my home network up until recently.

We just bought a new HP Pavilion DV6-1138ca laptop, running windows vista x64. When the laptop connects to the wireless network, the router crashes and takes down the whole network. Wired computers, wireless computers, everyone goes down until i power cycle the router.

Connecting the HP laptop via a network cable causes no issues.

The wireless network is an unsecured, wireless G network. No special settings. Stateful Packet Inspection is disabled on the router.

Any suggestions for what I can do to solve this problem?
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Frosty555
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
It is within reason that the wireless network card in you new laptop is not compatible with your router (not uncommon). Since you have tried new router firmware already, then the next two things to try are:
(1) Upgraded wireless NIC drivers, if any
(2) A different wireless router.
... Thinkpads_User
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Frosty555Author Commented:
Hmmm, after some more conversations with linksys's technical support, they have suggested the following settings changes:

1) Disable "Filter Anonymous Internet Requests"
2) Reduce the Wireless Beacon Interval from 100 to 75
3) Reduce Fragmentation Threshold from 2346 to 2306
4) Reduce RTS Threshold from 2347 to 2307

Not sure if this is going to work since I'm not at the computer right now, but does anyone have any comments as to these suggestions? What they do? Whether or not they have even a remote chance of helping?
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
All you can do is try. I find that newer routers (LinkSys (and Cisco), and Netopia) work fine with 64-bit wireless cards without changing these settings. The only router I see at the LinkSys site is a WRT110 (you said WRT100 and there isn't one in their list), and it looks pretty new. So try their settings, and if no joy, consider re-installing your wireless driver. ... Thinkpads_User
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Frosty555Author Commented:
Well, I've been dinking around with the drivers for a little while, this is the router here:
     http://www.amazon.ca/Linksys-WRT110-RangePlus-Wireless-Router/dp/B0014IYZDK

No luck getting it to work. I have gone out and bought a WRT54GL (linux version of the wrt54g) and it works like a charm, so I suppose that getting a new router will be the final solution to this problem.

I just wonder if there's a way I can prove this problem to linksys and get some kind of reimbursement for this defective piece of junk of a router.
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I would contact LinkSys and tell them what you just wrote above and ask for reimbursement. You just proved it was their router that was the problem and not your machine. I am pleased you got it sorted out. ... Thinkpads_User
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