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Solved: Wireless problems WIN98 Notebook

Discussion in 'Networking' started by 436bob, Jun 16, 2006.

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  1. 436bob

    436bob Thread Starter

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    Recently purchased a Linksys Wireless B Broadband router and Linksys wireless B PC card for my notebook. The notebook will connect properly with the ethernet (DHCP) and am able to surf the Internet and see my LAN.

    However in the wireless mode and DHCP it will connect to the internet but comes up with the wrong subnet mask (255.0.0.0 it should be 255.255.255.0) thus no LAN. If I specify an IP with correct subnet mask, I can only see my LAN but cannot surf the Internet!

    Problem does not happen when the same Linksys Wireless B is installed in my WIN2K laptop. In that machine I can surf the Internet and see my LAN.

    My desktop which is where my shared printer connected for my LAN is running XP.

    All systems are good if I keep the WIN98 wired to router. Just won't function correctly in the wireless mode.
     
  2. etaf

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    can you post the exact make model of the card
    also an IPCONFIG /ALL
    for a working machine and also the win98
    you may need to use winipcfg on the 98 machine although ipconfig /all has worked for me on win98 before
     
  3. 436bob

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    ETAF:

    Here is the ipconfig/all for my XP desktop:
    Ethernet
    Description: Via RhineII Fast Ethernet Adapter
    Physical Address: 00-0D-87-D4-88-F9
    DCHP Enabled; Yes
    Auto Configured Enabled: Yes
    IP: 192.168.1.100
    Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
    Default Gateway: 192.168.1.1
    DHCP Server: 192.168.1.1
    DNS Server: 68.94.156.1
    68.94.157.1
    Lease obtained: Sunday Jun 18, 2006 2:54:12 PM
    Lease Expires: Monday Jun 19, 2006 2:54:12:pM

    98 Notebook with Wireless Linksys WPC11
    Description RTL 8180 Wireless LN Mini-) PCI NIC
    Physical Address: 00.oC-41-A6-C0-EA
    DHCP Enabled: Yes
    IP: 192.168.1.101
    Subnet Mask: 255.0.0.0
    Gateway: 192.168.1.1
    DHCP Server: 192.168.1.1
    Primary WINS Server:
    Secondary WINS Server:
    Lease obtained: 06 18 06 3:49:28 PM

    With the above Subnet Mask, I only can surf the internet but not my LAN.

    With the wired Ethernet Card installed in place of the wireless card:

    Description: ELPC3R Ethernet Adapter
    Physical Address: 00-60-97-89-Cu-^C
    DHCP Enabled: Yes
    IP: 192.168.1.101
    Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
    Default Gateway: 192.168.1.1
    DHCP Server 192.168.1
    Primary WINS Server:
    Secondary WINS Server:
    Lease Obtained: 06 18 06 4:02:46 PM
    Lease Expires: 06 19 06 4:02:46 PM

    With the ethernet PCI card I can surf the net and see my shared folders and print.

    Thanks,
     
  4. 436bob

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    ETAF:

    I forgot to add that if I set my settings manually with the wireless to proper settings, I will see my LAN but cannot surf the Internet.

    Thanks,

    436BOB
     
  5. etaf

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    whats the model of the router ??
    have you checked all the settings in the router for both LAN and Wireless
     
  6. StumpedTechy

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    Are you doing a release and renew of your IP address and a reboot when you swap out these cards or are you just hot swapping them?

    I ask because you have 2 different adapters with different mac addresses with the same IP within 20 minutes though one shows a lease time of 24 hours.
     
  7. 436bob

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    ETAF and Stump Techy:

    The Wirless Router is a Linksys Wireless B Model BEFW11S4-VN and the Wirless Notebook card is Linksys WPC11 V.4. The Router works great wired and wireless to my other notebook (WIN 2K) but not so good wireless to the WIN 98.

    It will work wired to the WIN 98 notebook but wireless it will work only Internet with DHCP or LAN with specified IP address but not both. In the wired mode it works great DHCP with the Internet and LAN. I do not know why it chooses 255.0.0.0 instead of the 255.255.255.0 for the subnet mask in the DHCP mode.

    I power down the notebook when I swap the PC cards. I did not hotswap the cards.

    Thanks,
    436bob
     
  8. etaf

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    so the DHCP range by default is
    192.168.1.100 to .150

    and for fixed IP's must use
    192.168.1.2 to .99
    AND
    192.168.1.151 to .254

    on PAGE 54 of the manual - its interesting they seem to specify a subnetmask of 255.255.255.0 for XP, NT4 and WIN2K - but the section for win95/98/ME does not have a section for subnetmask
     
  9. TerryNet

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    There's always the hope, and even the possibility, of a glitch during installation. Probably a waste of time, but I'd try this: with the wireless card installed, go into Device Manager and uninstall it. Remove the card; restart the PC; and go through the installation process again.
     
  10. 436bob

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    Wonders of wonders the machine seems to be working correctly. I did the winipcfg thing and it showed the wrong subnet mask. So I did a release and closed the window. Went to the Linksys ICON down on the system tray and clicked on it. It came up with seeing the AP and Internet. When I clicked on the information it showed the correct IP and subnet mask. I hurriedly saved the profile. It gives me access to Internet and my LAN. Can anyone explain?

    It worked yesterday and today. Hopefully that problem is solved but it would be nice to have an explanation.

    436bob
     
  11. etaf

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    I dont know why it would do that

    (y) if you happy it works consistantly
    Would you now mark this thread solved - which you have the power to do from your first post.
    goto
    Thread tools>
    Tick - Mark Solved

    Thanks (y)
     
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