General discussion


Trouble with Linksys BEFW11S4.2 AP

By rgrowcock ·
I have a Linksys BEFW11S4 Ser. 2 wireless router/switch as my AP. Has been working flawlessly for the last 1 1/2-2 years on a home network.

I have a Dell Inspiron 4000 that I use a D-Link Airplus (now an Airplus G) PCMCIA card. Over the last week, I have noticed a big drop in my connection from the Laptop. Off and On connection, dropped connection, etc. I thought it was the card, the laptop has been drop from the couch to the floor a couple of times, but has never bothered the connection. Eventhough the network card as a severe crack. Thought maybe the card had finally given up the ghost, so I went and bought a new card (G series).

If I am in the same room as the AP, I get a strong signal, but still get dropped. Although not as much as if I am in the Living room, 50 feet away.

Nothing has changed with the AP; I even downloaded and installed the latest firmware today. Thought that might be the problem, but it was the same firmware as before. Same problem as before.

I've tried to install and run WEP encryption, 128 bit, but same connection problems.

I also have a wired PC: all PCs run XP Pro SP2. The only problem I've seen with the wired PC is a slow down with the downloads, but not that much of a slow down.

I run my phone through my cable system, with no problems there.

I have run out of ideas, and am asking for some to try. Anyone have ANY thoughts? Has my AP died on me?

This conversation is currently closed to new comments.

Thread display: Collapse - | Expand +

All Comments

Collapse -

by rindi1 In reply to Trouble with Linksys BEFW ...

Did this all start just after you upgraded your inspiron 4000 to SP2? Have you tried uninstalling SP2 and then compared with the current situation?

Collapse -

by rgrowcock In reply to

Upgraded to SP2 several weeks or more ago, just starting losing connection last week.

Collapse -

by sgt_shultz In reply to Trouble with Linksys BEFW ...

did you install new cell phones or satellite tv or radio?

Collapse -

by sgt_shultz In reply to

when you say 'dropped' do you mean lose internet connection or can no longer ping ap?

Collapse -

by rgrowcock In reply to

Nothing has changed in the house.

Collapse -

by razz2 In reply to Trouble with Linksys BEFW ...

Actually, have there been ANY hardware changes ANYWHERE in
the building?

2.4 Ghz Phones? New Microwave? Moved any power cord
around? new lighting etc.?

Try turning the SP2 firewall off. try updating The wireless NIC
driver to make sure it is SP2 ready.


Collapse -

by rgrowcock In reply to

Tried all of this, still didn't work. Ended up buying new AP. Worked!

Collapse -

by mikex In reply to Trouble with Linksys BEFW ...

Reinstall TCP/IP and the driver for the PCMCIA card

Collapse -

by rgrowcock In reply to

Tried this, several times. No joy.

Collapse -

by rgrowcock In reply to Trouble with Linksys BEFW ...

When dropped, the connection is completely gone. I only stays that way for a few seconds and then connects again. This pattern is in an endless loop. Connection, no connection, connection, no connection, etc. The laptop works fine other than not connecting.

Related Discussions

Related Forums