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Solved: Unable to connect with wireless

Discussion in 'Networking' started by BLCain, Sep 30, 2008.

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  1. BLCain

    BLCain Thread Starter

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    Here is the situation in a (large) nutshell:

    For several years I had a perfect wireless connection to my shop - (200ft + -), using a Buffalo Air Station Turbo G wireless router at the house, and a Buffalo Air Station ethernet converter in the shop.

    After a massive power strike from a thunderstorm, my ethernet converter took a dump. I think a chip must have been fried. After resetting and reconfiguring, the channel setting showed the channel I wanted followed by 4 or 5 vertical lines. No matter what channel I selected, it would have the lines. Everything else setup ok. The converter would not talk to the Air Station router anymore, even after uploading the latest firmware to it.
    I tried several wireless routers but could get none of them to talk to the Air Station. I know the Air Station was good because the laptop could access the internet.
    I put the Air Station router in bridge mode and tried to talk to any and all of the wireless routers. No good. All the wireless routers were good because the laptop could access them.
    I then bought a wireless access point (Linksys wireless G WAP54G) and put it in the shop. It will not talk to the Belkin.

    Following is the ipconfig for the main system:


    Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : lora
    Primary DNS Suffix . . . . . . . :
    Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcast
    IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
    WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
    DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : Belkin

    Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection 2:

    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : Belkin
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Marvell Yukon 88E8001/8003/8010 PCI
    Gigabit Ethernet Controller
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-11-2F-DE-6C-86
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
    IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.11.3
    Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.11.1
    DHCP Server . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.11.1
    DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.11.1
    Lease Obtained. . . . . . . . . . : Monday, September 29, 2008 2:08:28 PM
    Lease Expires . . . . . . . . . . : Tuesday, September 29, 2009 2:08:28 PM


    Following is the ipconfig for the shop system:

    Microsoft(R) Windows DOS
    (C)Copyright Microsoft Corp 1990-2001.

    C:\DOCUME~1\BILL>ipconfig /all

    Windows IP Configuration

    Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : shop
    Primary Dns Suffix . . . . . . . :
    Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown
    IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : Yes
    WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No

    Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection 6:

    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Realtek RTL8139 Family PCI Fast Ethe
    rnet NIC
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-50-BA-5C-2F-01
    Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
    IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.11.43
    Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
    IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : fe80::250:baff:fe5c:2f01%4
    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.11.1
    DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.11.1
    fec0:0:0:ffff::1%1
    fec0:0:0:ffff::2%1
    fec0:0:0:ffff::3%1

    Tunnel adapter Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface:

    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : FF-FF-FF-FF-FF-FF-FF-FF
    Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
    IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : fe80::ffff:ffff:fffd%5
    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
    NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Disabled

    Tunnel adapter Automatic Tunneling Pseudo-Interface:

    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Automatic Tunneling Pseudo-Interface

    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : C0-A8-0B-2B
    Dhcp Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
    IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : fe80::5efe:192.168.11.43%2
    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
    DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : fec0:0:0:ffff::1%1
    fec0:0:0:ffff::2%1
    fec0:0:0:ffff::3%1
    NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Disabled


    Following is the config for the Belkin:

    Status for Belkin F5D9230-4


    You will need to log in before you can change any settings.
    System date/time
    System date/time
    September 29 , 2008 3:54:59 PM

    Version Info
    Firmware Version 5.01.16
    Boot Version v2_0 - built 02:26:32, Jul 5 2005
    Hardware F5D9230-4 v5000
    Serial No. 150823R9501847
    Features
    NAT Enabled
    Firewall Settings Enabled
    UPnP Disabled

    Internet Settings
    WAN MAC address 00:11:2f:de:6c:86
    Connection Type Dynamic
    Subnet mask 255.255.255.0
    Wan IP 192.168.0.6
    Default Gateway 192.168.0.1
    DNS Address 66.82.4.8
    LAN Settings
    LAN MAC 00:1C:DF:D7:FF:CF
    IP address 192.168.11.1
    Subnet mask 255.255.255.0
    DHCP Server Enabled

    WLAN settings
    Wireless Enabled
    WLAN MAC 00:1C:DF:D7:FF:CF
    Wireless Mode 802.11g & 802.11b
    Wireless Channel 6
    SSID Home_Main
    Security Disabled
    Language
    Current Language English


    And for the laptop:

    Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0.6000]
    Copyright (c) 2006 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    C:\Users\Bill>ipconfig /all

    Windows IP Configuration

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

    Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection:

    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Atheros AR5007 802.11b/g WiFi Adapter
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-1F-3A-25-F0-91
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
    Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::21ab:a3:396a:a70e%9(Preferred)
    IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.11.135(Preferred)
    Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.11.1
    DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.11.1
    NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled

    Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-1E-68-10-40-51
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

    Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 6:

    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : isatap.{D09E8015-D7BE-44AA-94E9-98AE17E69
    075}
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

    Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 7:

    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : isatap.{4FE9F099-4093-4000-8A7B-AA7B5298E
    1D3}
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-00-00-00-00-00-00-E0
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
    Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::5efe:192.168.11.135%12(Preferred)
    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
    DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.11.1
    NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Disabled

    Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 14:

    Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 02-00-54-55-4E-01
    DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
    Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
    IPv6 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 2001:0:4137:9e50:148d:7b3:3f57:f478(Prefe
    rred)
    Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::148d:7b3:3f57:f478%10(Preferred)
    Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : ::
    NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Disabled

    C:\Users\Bill>

    Not sure what to do to get my shop connected. I think I have tried every setting on the routers.
    Thanks for any help!!
     
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    You have configured the IP addresses manually, and you've done it incorrectly. I suggest you stop trying to outsmart the router and use DHCP.


    Select Start > Settings > Network Connections.

    • Double-click the Connection icon of the connection you wish to modify to open the Local Area Connection Status window.
    • Click the Properties button to open the Local Area Connection Properties window.
    • Click to highlight Internet Protocol (TCP/IP).
    • Click the Properties button to open the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties window.
    • TCP/IP Properties window, IP Address tab
    • Select Obtain an IP address automatically.
    • Select Obtain DNS server address automatically.
    • Click OK to return to the Local Area Connection Properties window.
    • Click OK to return to the Network Connections window.
     
  3. BLCain

    BLCain Thread Starter

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    I presume you are talking about the access point I have in the shop. The router (Belkin) is set with DHCP enabled.
    If I set the AP to DHCP enabled will it not prevent me from accessing it via the GUI?
    Thanks
     
  4. TerryNet

    TerryNet Moderator

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    John was talking about the computers. Are they (still) communicating with the AP? If so, then the problem is likely between the Belkin router and the AP.

    I thought from your description that before the storm the Buffalo wireless bridge (ethernet converter) connected wirelessly to the Belkin and "extended" the network via ethernet to the AP. Is this correct? If so, what is now taking the place of the Buffalo?

    Having just re-read your 1st post, I think my above understanding is all wet. How about pretending I'm a message sitting on the Belkin and want to get to one of the shop PCs. I first jump onto the wireless and fly between buildings and then ... [please complete the journey].
     
  5. BLCain

    BLCain Thread Starter

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    The only computer communicating with the Linksys AP is the shop system via the GUI.
    The Buffalo Air Station router is not online. I have the Belkin router online at this time.
    The main computer (house) is wired to the Belkin and the laptop is wireless to the Belkin. Both computers access the internet, the wired Xerox printer and NAS (in the house) ok.
    The problem is with the Linksys wireless AP. I have it set the same as I had the Buffalo ethernet converter - IP: 192.168.11.20, default gateway: 192.168.11.1, dns: 192.168.11.1
    All computers have the same default gateway and dns addresses and the ones in the house work ok.
    I know distance is not the problem (only 200ft +/-). Won't talk when wired to the laptop in the house ether.
    Thanks for the help.
     
  6. TerryNet

    TerryNet Moderator

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    I'm still not getting it.

    I'm guessing that you are trying to use the wireless AP as a wireless bridge (AP client) and it is not communicating with the Belkin. Since you are using all manually assigned IP addresses the only way to test for communication is by trying to ping from one to the other.
     
  7. BLCain

    BLCain Thread Starter

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    Well, I'm not getting it ether!!

    I looked in the Linksys AP setup screen, and to change the thing to
    AP Client, it has to talk to another Linksys AP. To change it to bridge or repeater, it has to talk to another Linksys WRT54G unit.
    I cannot ping from the shop to anything except the Linksys AP. I will get my Linksys WRT54G setup at the house and try setting up the AP to access it.
    Will let you know.
    Thanks again!
     
  8. BLCain

    BLCain Thread Starter

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    I set the Linksys AP to repeater, MAC address of the Linksys Router at the house. The AP is set to 192.168.11.50 and the Router is set to 192.168.11.1
    Shop is back on line with all equipment working as it should.
    Now to set my security.
    Thanks for the help.
     
  9. TerryNet

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    I think you really solved it yourself, but we're happy to help or try to help. :)
     
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