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'Dropped' internet service on XP home/pro machines but not Win2K

By jshager ·
I use a Linksys WRT54G wireless router connected to Desktop computer(XP Home). MY ISP is Surewest broadband and provides eithernet gateway(no modem).

Two laptops XP Pro(use a Linksys USB wireless adapter) and Win2K(use Linksys PCMCIA wireless card) access the internet via the router. For the past 5 months, if either 'XP' machine is on but idle, I cannot access intrnet without log off/on or restarting. This never occurs with Win2K machine.

Last night I upgraded the Routers firmware and this was to fix the issue. Issue still present. Has anyone had this issue, if so how resolved?

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Firewall

by Ben "Iron" Damper In reply to 'Dropped' internet servic ...

I'd check the MS XP Firewall. I'd turn it off first and see if that fixes your issue.

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Turn Off MS XP Firewall...

by jshager In reply to Firewall

I wish it was that simple. The MS firewall on both XP machines has been off. I use Zone Alarm Pro for firewall on all 3 machines.

Thanks for the response!

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IBM Thinkpad issue

by IT cowgirl In reply to 'Dropped' internet servic ...

We have the same issue with IBM Thinkpads and XP. This is caused by the "Wireless Zero Configuration" Service in XP when you allow Windows to control your wireless connection. For some reason in the IBM Thinkpad, the service searches for wireless connectivity every three minutes or so. This may cause a constant on/off connection or just no connectivity when idle, or a combination.

Try shutting off the service and use either a program that comes with your wireless card or you can use the IBM ThinkVantage software to configure wireless connectivity.

Good Luck!

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