IT Employment

General discussion


Wireless laptop problems

By Identcc ·
I recently bought a new Dell laptop with a Linksys wireless PCMCIA card in hopes of allowing it to wirelessly connect to my wired network via a Linksys Wireless Access Point. The laptop is XP Pro and the network is Win2K. Anyway, I can MAKE the connection, but I can't seem to KEEP it. It will stay connected for about five minutes or so and then drop it. I know the access point works because I have a desktop that has a wireless PCI card installed and it works just fine. I've been back and forth with Linksys, I've removed and reinstalled drivers and hardware, changed the SSID name and added (and for troubleshooting purposes, subsequently removed WEP), and triple checked configuration. Anyone else have this type of problem, and if so, how did you fix it?


This conversation is currently closed to new comments.

Thread display: Collapse - | Expand +

All Comments

Collapse -

PCMCIA card?

by Tex'n In reply to Wireless laptop problems

I have a small WAN set up at work for use with our traveling employees when they are in-house. I have a Linksys WAP and use SMC cards for the laptops and have had no problems. You say you have a desktop with a PCI wireless card? Is it a chassis for a PCMCIA card, and if so have you tried swapping the two cards to see if it's just a card problem? Is the desktop XP Pro? Hope this helps.

Collapse -

by Identcc In reply to PCMCIA card?

Actually the desktop has a PCI card, and the laptop I'm having trouble with has a PCMCIA card. It would appear as though my greatest challenge with this is encryption. If I accept the defaults on the laptop (generic SSID and encryption off), it works fine.

Collapse -


by Tex'n In reply to

Yeah, that does sound like a WEP problem. Without other hardware to test with, it seems as though you may have to continue to not use encryption. Sorry I can't be of more help. Best of luck!

Collapse -

XPpro and Network Bridge

by admin In reply to Wireless laptop problems

I'm not sure why, but I had a similar problem (drops every 3-7 minutes) with XP until I removed the WiFi card from the Network Bridge in the XP software and then it was fine, no more annoying drops. I don't have any idea as to the theory of why thishappens. I was just frustrated and started playing with XP's limited settings and this seemed to solve all the problems I was having on my Toshiba. Personally, I don't really like Network Bridge anyway- I like my networks seperated. You might try this if you haven't already.

Collapse -

by Identcc In reply to XPpro and Network Bridge

I agree, I don't like network bridges much either. I didn't use one here because of that. Right now, things seem to be OK as long as I have WEP off and the default SSID in place. I don't like leaving it this way but I can't get it to work right any other way.

Collapse -

WAPs dropping...

by cheesedog In reply to

I have a client with a serious problem in this area. 3 new Dell laptops, Linksys WAPs and Cards.

I will try the Network bridge fix.

What i have found is that the WAPs are happiest near the ceiling in in the center of the area covered. It also works best to have the antennas parallel to the floor.

Maybe this will help you.

Collapse -

by Identcc In reply to WAPs dropping...

Interesting. I'll give it a shot! Thanks!

Related Discussions

Related Forums