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Old 03-07-2006, 10:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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WMP54GS working with WRT54G

I'm really stymied with this one.

I have a Linksys WRT54G (default firmware updated, v4 model of router) which is working OK, with both wired and wireless connections. I know this because I have a Dell Latitude D600 with a Dell Truemobile 1300 Mini-PCI card inside (it's a Broadcom chip though) that connects with unencrypted and encrypted wireless (WEP, 128 digit, default key #1).

Wired works flawlessly of course.

I have my PC, for which I bought a Linksys WMP54GS, a wireless PCI 802.11g (but it states "Standards: 802.11b and g" on the box) card with "Speedbooster" technology. I have the AP set to Mixed Mode, WEP, 128 bit key, default key #1 when using encrypted sessions.

The PC won't connect via wireless to the router. It just won't. I have encryption set off or on, and my laptop can find it just fine. My PC cannot. It finds the Access Point, but won't connect. I've verified that it can find it via NetStumbler. I have updated the drivers on the PC to the set that Linksys provides on their site for the WMP54GS card. The laptop and desktop PC are side by side. The PC can "search for wireless networks" and find my access point, it just sits at "Waiting for network" and won't connect to its network and retrieve a network configuration.

Any ideas?
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Old 03-08-2006, 12:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Can you disable speedbooster?

*shrug*
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Old 03-08-2006, 12:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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How long since you set up the WAP? Any chance you enabled MAC filtering?

Can you get anything else recent to connect besides the laptop?

Is this XP? Are you using XP to manage the wireless connection, or the Linksys interface? Whichever, try the other.
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Old 03-08-2006, 07:14 PM   #4 (permalink)
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MikeSty: As far as the driver is concerned, it says you can. But I doubt it actually implements that feature. *shrugs*.

cyrnel:
I've re-flashed it and reset it a million times. Yes, I could enable MAC filtering, but what is your line of thinking there?

All XP. Using XP to manage the interface (and Ive tried it with the Linksys interface). Nothing.
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Old 03-09-2006, 02:16 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I've re-flashed it and reset it a million times. Yes, I could enable MAC filtering, but what is your line of thinking there?
That perhaps you enabled MAC filtering for the laptop and that's why it alone is working. I'm still curious if you've successfully connected any other wireless clients to that AP.

Does the desktop connect to other AP's?

I don't have any Linksys wireless cards. Does the "waiting for network" period include when it's acquiring an address? Have you tried static addressing, even if just for the desktop?
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Old 03-12-2006, 07:52 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I reset the router, and by default MAC filtering is disabled. I double checked, and it is in fact disabled.

The desktop is not able to connect to other APs.

Yes, the waiting for network period does include when it's aquiring a network address. I have tried static addressing, it doesn't work.

Any idea if it's the "Speedbooster" technology (which I have tried enabled and disabled). The router does not have Speedbooster technology whatsoever (this is a WRT54G after all).
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Old 03-12-2006, 08:40 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I reset the router, and by default MAC filtering is disabled. I double checked, and it is in fact disabled.
So I guess we're certain?
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The desktop is not able to connect to other APs.
Sounds like you found the problem.

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Any idea if it's the "Speedbooster" technology (which I have tried enabled and disabled). The router does not have Speedbooster technology whatsoever (this is a WRT54G after all).
It shouldn't. It's a software technology. Speedbooster/Afterburner mode should only be used if it's connected to an AP that negotiates for it.

Last ditch might be to try the Microsoft driver. Remove the Linksys driver and connect via Ethernet and reboot. Let it find the approved Broadcom stuff.
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Old 04-04-2006, 07:14 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I've been working with a wired connection for awhile now, not having time to work on this problem.

First off, Cyrnel, thanks for help. I appreciate the multiple replies!

I couldn't for the life of me (and I'm technically inclined) get this to work properly as it should. So do you know what I did? I returned the card and exchanged it with one without speedbooster technology on it whatsoever (Linksys PCI-G Wireless), to make sure it should be compatible with my WRT54G router.

And you know what happened?

It worked. The first time. Out of the box. I've even configured the hell out of both of the router and the wireless card just to make sure, and I've never had the two disconnect from each other.

I thought hey, wireless technology has changed in the couple of years I've been playing with it at my job, so it should work at home. I guess I shouldn't put the cart before the horse anymore. Get what you're sure works the first time instead of screwing around with it.

*sigh*
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Old 04-04-2006, 08:25 PM   #9 (permalink)
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But there's something to be said for stopping the bleeding. You're right, wireless still has a few warts.
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