wireless doesnt work - constantly disconnects

By tech_wiz03 ·
I was using a novatel wireless usb device in windows and linux without any problem but now I have to connect 2 pc's. PC #1 runs windows & linux dual boot and connects thru a dlink dir 615 router to a cable modem. On this machine I can connect to the internet using windows 98 and linux mandrake 9. Another lan connection goes to a voip modem and works fine. My laptop is running windows vista premium and it see's the router but I have to click reset ip from task bar to connect to internet, absolutely can't connect to desktop machine (access denied) and during web browsing must constantly keep going to task bar to reset the ip every 1 to 2 minutes.
The network "currently connected to" icon goes from local+internet to limited then to local only.
My laptop can use wpa-personal and wpa-executive modes only. It has an unsecure wep mode but this mode causes vista to reboot with an illegal action was encountered ... shutting down! Under Linux on the laptop, opensuse can't seem to use wireless. It see's it but has no ability to properly configure it.

router info:
dlink dir 615
MAC addr found
ip addr ok
dhcp enabled
mac addr found
dhcp connected
ip found
gateway found
dns 1 & 2 found
ssid named
channel =auto
Encrypt =No
host = dir 615
Mac = cloned
mode = WPA-pswd
essid = same as for windows
mode = WPA-personal with passwrd key
shows different network address
shows different mask
shows different gateway
does not allow changes to configuration

pls help someone

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Re: Wireless

by christianshiflet In reply to wireless doesnt work - co ...

I would check a few things. First, does the wireless router have the ability to change the WPA cypher type (AES vs. TKIP)? If so, are all of the machines using the same cypher or does their driver support it. Secondly, is it possible that you have another wireless network, with the same SSID, within range of your computers? If so, you may be hopping between networks or attempting to connect to one that isn't under your control.

Let me know if this helps or you have questions. Thanks.

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re: wireless won't stay connected.

by tech_wiz03 In reply to Re: Wireless

Router is capable of multiple cyphers including AES and TKIP. Already tried the two you mentioned matching routing to Laptop. Under Windows it does connect to my network for internet but must be constantly reset. Got Linux working now using knetwork manager and Kwireless instead of Yast_networks and it doesn't need all those resets either.

Thanks for the reply but seems to be a windows thingy. While I have wired network experience, I am finding Vista tries quite poorly to manage networks in some automated fashion.

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