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Wireless network - unable to recognise

By tk ·
I have an ethernet based lan, to which I have added a wireless access point. On my notebook, my ieee 802.11b wirelss pcmcia card registers an excellent connection with the the correct device(MAC address matches the access point box MAC). The access point indicator lights indicate a connection to a functioning network.
I cannot however detect the access point from anywhere in the system and cannot therefore access the lan from my notebook. Switching to a cable allows connection to the network but defeats the point of the wireless access. I am running win 2000 pro on all machines.TCP/IP settings are set to automatic. Even a full reinstall with notebook lan card disabled in BIOS produces same result. I am reasably certain that it is not a hardware fault or resource conflict.Can anyone give some pointers how to sort this out? Have I missed something really basic?

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by isys In reply to Wireless network - unable ...

1. Check cabling. You may need a cross-over cable from the access point to whatever device it connects to.

2. Does your access point also do DHCP? You can have only one DHCP server in a network. Make sure it has an IP address consistent withthe other devices in your network.

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by Shanghai Sam In reply to Wireless network - unable ...

Thanks for reply.
1 the device (a belkin WAP) specifically requires a CAT5 cable(none crossover)
DHCP client is enabled in the device by default. I cannot change anything here as I need to be able to detect it before the software I have for adjusting settings will work.

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by CEE_Prompt In reply to Wireless network - unable ...

Try going back to basics. Load NetBEUI on 2 of your machines (the laptop and one other of course) and see if they can talk. If they can you'll know you need to look at the IP settings or possibly the security settings of the access point. Also double check that all the machines are in the same workgroup (I would assume so since you make the connection while wired).

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by Shanghai Sam In reply to Wireless network - unable ...

I can load NetBEUI to each machine but makes no difference. There are no property pages for this protocol or any "UI" i can use to talk to other computers.
I cannot find reference in Win 2k pro any network utilities to check connections - but saysserver edition does have these. I'm not sure about manual settings of IP addresses. Tried this in TCIP with no luck.Any other ideas?

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by jwslzs In reply to Wireless network - unable ...

I have had the same problem before. Do you have a router that assigns DHCP addresses? If you do, the only other thing that may be causing the problem is encryption. Check the configuration of your wireless card and make sure the encryption is the same as your access point. If you have just put your access point on your lan, without configuring it, it should be set with no encryption.

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by Shanghai Sam In reply to Wireless network - unable ...

No, wireless card is configured to the factory settings matching the WAP. If I change the SSID to any other password I lose the connection so presumably the wirless card is configured OK.

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by isys In reply to Wireless network - unable ...

So the next question is, does the access point show getting a DHCP address from your wired network on its WAN port? Next, what is the IP setup on the LAN port? Is it also doing DHCP? If so, what is the IP address on your laptop? Is it consistentwith the WAP LAN range?

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by tk In reply to Wireless network - unable ...

thanks for reply. I have now found a way to access the WAP by using a crossover cable directly inserted into the ethernet card. Here I can scan for and access the wap. Ihave assigned static address to the system as follows:
Main PC :192.168.0.1 (This is assigned if I use internet connection sharing, which I really need)
WAP 192.168.0.39
Notebook wirelesss card 192.168.0.43
Once the network has been re-assembledwithese adresses I am bac to square1, link but no connection.
The WAP suports a DHCP client which I can enable or disable, neither state makes a difference.Could this be related to the ethernet hub or even the cable? I have tried dire and crossover cables with no effect. The hub indicators are not lit for the WAP but are for the cable connections.

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by wlbowers In reply to Wireless network - unable ...

Just a thought. Cordless phones operate on
the same or close adjacent frequencies as do
the wireless lans. If you or a neighbor has one
it could be messing with the connection.

Good Luck Lee

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