Weird Things Happening With My Vista Laptop When I try to connect to network

Posted on 2009-12-20
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
Hi Experts

Puzzling one (for me anyway!)

Im seeing some odd behaviour from my Toshiba Laptop when I connect it to my home network.
If the NIC is set to Auto Negoctiation, or 100Mbs the connection status cycls between "Network cable unplugged" and "Enabled".

If it is set to 10Mbs it connects to my Belkin ROuter however the Status is showing as "Rear Repeater" and although declared speed is 10Mbs it feel VERY slow.

The odd thing is that although I do have a device on the network called "Rear Repeater" that is not the router that my pc is plugged into.

I suspect it is something to do with one of the settings on the NIC Properties. However many of the options I have not seen before and do not know what they mean, or what the implications are of changing them.

The NIC is a realtek RTL8101E.

Does anyone know why my laptop may be "seeing" a connection to my repeater rather than my router, and does anyone know where I can get a list of the configuration settings for my NIC and what they mean?
Question by:stummj
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    Accepted Solution

    Have you tried to reinstall your NIC from device manager? Also, I would recommend getting the latest drivers for this to see if this will solve your issue. If you install your NIC again you should just use the default settings that it is set with.

    Author Comment

    Ok tried that - exactly the same symptom. By default the NIC is set to auto negociate. Probems remain until I set it manually to 10Mbs.

    The port is confirmed ok by trying a different laptop, the cable is confirmed OK by trying a different laptop.

    So I think the problem may be related to the fact that the status on connection sayd "Rear Repeater" or one of the NIC settings.

    Author Comment

    Update. I disconnected the rear repeater, rebooted the router and reconnected the laptop. This time it connects at 100Mbs but still claims a status of "rear repeater" Very Odd Indeed!!
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    Expert Comment

    Instead of dynamic ip allocation try manual ip allocation.

    Author Comment

    Can you talk me through your logic?

    Author Comment

    Update - rear repeater is the name of the network. It must have defaulted to that at some point. It is connecting correctly to the router. So all is well now thanks for all help

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