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Wireless Network Disconnects

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Beeeater, Apr 19, 2006.

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  1. Beeeater

    Beeeater Thread Starter

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    I have set up a small wireless network, with two notebooks using wireless dongles. It all works well, but even though I have set the notebooks to connect to the preferred network automatically, every time they restart I have to manually connect and type in the WEP key. This is a big hassle - Why won't they connect to the detected network?
     
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    Using the adapter's utility or Windows XP's WZC?

    What brand(s)?

    Sure that you don't have both running and maybe conflicting with each other?
     
  3. Beeeater

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    Using Windows to configure the adapters. Should I use the adapters own utility?
     
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    "Should I use the adapters own utility?"

    That's up to you. Since WZC isn't doing the job for you, trying the adapter's utility seems like a reasonable thing to do.

    In my limited experience I prefer the Intel and Netgear utilities, rate the DLink and WZC equally poor (but WZC is easier to understand and use), and haven't seen any others.
     
  5. Beeeater

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    Thanks for the suggestion, TerryNet - Sure enough, there was an Intel wireless utility in the startup section of msconfig - disabled it and all worked well.
     
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    Glad it's working now. For resolving problems usually two heads are better than one, but for wireless adapters two utilities are always worse than one! :)
     
  7. Beeeater

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    The funny thing is that I couldn't get the wireless network to work using the built-in Intel wireless adapter (Dell notebook) - used a C-Net wireless dongle.
     
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    When you're ready to try the integrated Intel adapter again:

    make sure you have the latest driver and utility for it from the Dell web site,
    put WZC to sleep, and
    use the Intel utility.

    Usually this will work far better, and be more convenient, than a USB adapter.
     
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