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Solved: My lack of wireless network is driving me nuts.

Discussion in 'Networking' started by AuzzieJohn, Jul 18, 2007.

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  1. AuzzieJohn

    AuzzieJohn Thread Starter

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    Hi all.

    HEEELLLLPPPP. My daughter is driving me nuts.

    I recently bought her a PC as she destroyed her laptop. It is connected to the net via a wireless network. Everything was going alright until a week ago when she could no longer log on.

    I have moved her pc near my own pc so i can work on trying to sort the problem but i'm stumped.

    I have a dsl modem connected to a D Link 514 wireless router which should connect to her netgear WG111v2 USB wireless network connection.

    I managed to get connection a couple of times (God knows how) but it won't connect to the net. I've tried resetting the winsock, renewing the ip address on both pc's. Still nothing.

    Can anyone help as my daughter is a MSN freak and this lack of communication is driving her up the wall.

    Thanks in Advance
     
  2. jmwills

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  3. etaf

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    itcould be interference - how many other wireless networks in the area

    do you have a cordless phone

    is anyone else using the wireless connection in your house

    do you have wireless secruity enabled wep, wpa etc

    can you post an ipconfig /all

    assuming winxp

    ipconfig /all

    TWO Methods to do that - some people have problems with ONE----

    ONE ---------------------------------
    start
    run
    cmd
    ipconfig /all

    rightclick in the box
    select all
    enter
    control key + C key - to copy
    then reply here and
    control key + V to paste

    TWO -----------------------------------------------

    Start, Run, CMD to open a DOS window and type:

    IPCONFIG /ALL >C:\RESULT.TXT

    Open C:\RESULT.TXT with Notepad and copy/paste the entire results here.

    if vista -
    you may need to do this before ipconfig
    Ipconfig on Vista
    Vista does not handle permissions the same as XP.
    Locate the command prompt short cut in your start menu. Right click it, choose run as administrator, then try the ipconfig.

    If you want to always have the command prompt run with elevation
    Right-click the command prompt icon, choose Properties
    Select the Shortcut tab
    Click on Advanced
    Check Run as administrator
     
  4. JohnWill

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    First step would be to connect with a cable, which will tell us if you have a general networking issue or a wireless issue. Also, if you have XP-SP2, you should NOT use the commonly downloaded WINSOCK fix, there is a different fix for SP2 and Vista, and it's built-in to Windows.

    TCP/IP stack repair options for use with Windows XP with SP2 & Vista.

    For XP, Start, Run, CMD to open a command prompt.

    For Vista, Start, Programs\Accessories and right click on Command Prompt, select "Run as Administrator" to open a command prompt.

    Reset WINSOCK entries to installation defaults: netsh winsock reset catalog

    Reset TCP/IP stack to installation defaults. netsh int ip reset reset.log

    Reboot the machine.
     
  5. AuzzieJohn

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    In answer to the above questions:

    She won't read a book if it was the last thing on earth left to do. Its not hip.

    There are other wireless items in the house but they've been there since the wireless network has been running without problems. I've enen turned the phone off to see if it makes a difference. No joy.

    I can connect directly to the net on my daughters pc using a wired connection with no problems at all.


    Windows IP Configuration

    Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : CPQ39461287326
    Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
    Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
    IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
    WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

    Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Intel(R) PRO/100 VM Network Connection
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-0B-CD-65-6F-C0

    Ethernet adapter Wireless Network Connection 2:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : NETGEAR WG111v2 54Mbps Wireless USB 2.0 Adapter #2
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-18-4D-F1-92-01

    Both PC's are running XP. The network is not currently secure as i have enough problems without adding some more. There is one other network in the area. I have altered my channel number without any change in operation.

    Tried resetting Winsock & TCP/IP on my daughters PC with no joy either. Do i have to reset my own PC's winsock & TCP/IP?
     
  6. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    I'm not really a fan of USB for networking, but that's another topic. Have you tried relocating the machine to see if it's the location that's the issue? What kind of signal strength do you get when you search for wireless networks? Are you using the Netgear wireless client or the Windows client? If you're using the Netgear client, did you disable WZC in Windows Services?
     
  7. etaf

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    shes not picking up a wireless signal / getting an IP address

    try loading this software and see what it detects

    Free software to check signal strength of wireless is netstumbler 0.4.0 available for download from http://www.stumbler.net/

    http://www.softpedia.com/get/Network-Tools/Network-Monitoring/NetStumbler.shtml

    http://www.netstumbler.com/downloads/

    http://www.techspot.com/downloads/303-netstumbler.html

    this will detect the adapter and also all the wireless signals - so a good indication of where the problem may be.
     
  8. jmwills

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    If you can connect via a wired connection, then the TCP stack should have been okay. Can any other wireless machine pickup the signal? If it is the card, then NetStumbler or any of the other mentioned programs will do you no good as they too rely upon the card for connectivity.
     
  9. AuzzieJohn

    AuzzieJohn Thread Starter

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    Sorted. At Last.

    Thanks to you all for your help. The Net Stumbler program worked a treat. From what i can make out, both the windows program and the netgear program were trying to connect to the network at the same time and cancelling each other out. Net stumbler's first job when activated was to switch off the windows program. I changed channel numbers to be further away from an existing network in the area and "voila".

    Your help on this has been great and i thank you.
     
  10. etaf

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    Your Welcome.

    (y)

    the channels over lap on wireless with the exception of 1, 6, 11 - they would be good channels to be on

    Thanks (y)
     
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