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Linksys USB Monitor Issue

By Countrynet ·
After having done many Linksys wireless network set-ups, I'm experiencing an
issue for the first time using 2 Linksys Wireless G USB Adapters
w/Speedbooster. One machine is a fresh build with XP ProSP2 and the other is
a year old box just updated w/SP2. Router is a brand new Linksys WRT54GS
using the exact same security template I've used on all installs. At boot up,
both machines start normally and make a wireless connection with the green
tray icon confirming a connection with blue progress bars showing signal
strength. All is well for 24 hours, at which time both Linksys monitors
"disable" themselves and grey out, as if no connection, but connectivity
actually continues flawlessly. At reboot, the monitors activate and then shut
down again after another 24 hours. I've reinstalled the software twice in
both machines to be sure and the problem still exists. As I always do, the
WZC utility was diabled. The only common denominator is the first time using
the USB type of Linksys wireless component. Any thoughts would be greatly
appreciated.

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by willcomp In reply to Linksys USB Monitor Issue

Sounds like they are losing DHCP lease and it is not renewing automatically. I'm assuming that you have connectivity with the router but not the internet when "grey out" occurs.

Check DHCP settings in router and also set to continuous rather than on-demand internet connectivity.

Use XP SP2 repair option for wireless connections and see if release and release restores internet connectivity. Can also use ipconfig /release and ipconfig /renew if you want to pinpoint DHCP.

Dalton

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by willcomp In reply to

release and restore (not release and release).

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Yup, strange all right.

Thanks for the further description. Not what I initially thought was happening.

I certainly haven't seen anything similar. Reckon it could be a software conflict?

Dalton

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by Countrynet In reply to Linksys USB Monitor Issue

Sorry I wasn't clear about the grey out. The Linksys software states there is no connection to the "access point" at all, but in reality, there is in fact connectivity to both the network and the internet. It's only the "monitor software" that shuts down after 24 hours. Linksys website has no record of anyone else having the same problem and no guidance. Following your thoughts about the DHCP lease, it can be released and renewed within the router access software (http://192.168.1.1/), which I previously tried as well, with no change resulting. I'll give it a shot with ipconfig, but according to LAN Status I've checked every time so far, it says the connection was up for 24+ hours, since the last reboot.....

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by Info-Safety, LLC In reply to Linksys USB Monitor Issue

If you set your client lease time to 0, that is for one day. "The Client Lease Time is the amount of time a network user will be allowed connection to the Router with their current dynamic IP address. Enter the amount of time, in minutes, that the user will be "leased" this dynamic IP address."

You can right-click your wireless connection icon from the system tray, and select "repair."

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by nick In reply to Linksys USB Monitor Issue

Within network devices within device manager, make sure there's not any type of power management enabled. If that isn't it, it makes me think it's something on the router itself involving DHCP (as said above).

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by Fat Chink In reply to Linksys USB Monitor Issue

This is common with the LinkSys software as well as the newest DLink and Intel Wireless software. Since you say the connection is still present it becomes just a visual nuisance. Unfortunately, until LinkSys realizes that there is actually a problem (such as a memory leak) and fixes it, there is not much you can do other than to either reboot, disable/enable the adapter, or force a re-connection to the router.

Recently Intel and DLink both released updated software which now exhibits the same characteristics. From what I can tell, it's poor programming (ie. memory leaks).

The other thing you may want to try - if LinkSys has older versions of their drivers & software available online, download a slightly older version and see if that helps. I had to roll-back a number of clients to older versions recently.

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