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I have a Windows'98SE computer with Linksys WMP11 wireless card and
Linksys BEFW11S4 router.

I can see the SSID of the router (with 50%-70% signal) but can not
connect.

Any suggestions on troubleshooting this situation?



Re: Workstation sees wireless router but can not connect


Using the proper type of encryption and password/passphrase to connect?

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Richard,

Thank you very much for the response.

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Both Router and workstation have WEP disabled. No MAC filtering on the
router either.

Eugene



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Eugene F. wrote:
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Disable the ethernet NIC and modem, if any, reboot.  What does the DHCP
client table in the router show about the new wireless?  Do you see the
wireless NIC in the active wireless MAC table?  Enable Netbios over
TCP/IP on the workstation.  Run command, winipcfg /all and post the
results.

Q




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Q,

Thank you very much for the reply.

I do not have other NIC cards (nor on-board chips).  I just have
LinkSys Wireless PCI card ver. 2.7.

IP Config shows three Ethernet adaptors: two of them - "PPP" and my
wireless card.

<<< What does the DHCP client table in the router show about the new
wireless?  >>>

Wireless is listed there with proper IP Address (192.168.1.102) and
correct MAC.

<<< Do you see the wireless NIC in the active wireless MAC table?  >>>

Yes, it is listed as #1.

<<< Enable Netbios over TCP/IP on the workstation. >>>

Not sure how to do it.

<<< Run command, winipcfg /all and post the results. >>>

Here it goes:

IP Address: 192.168.1.102
Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway: 192.168.1.1
DHCP Server: 192.168.1.1
Primary WINS server: <blank>
Secondary WINS server: <blank>

I reinstalled the card driver (as advised by Linksys Tech Support) to
no avail.

Right now I have intermittent and mostly negative results:
1. Occasionally I can establish connection with the router
2. When connection established - PING returns either only timouts (most
of the time)or timeouts and normal tramsmissions. No pattern can be
observed.

I have NIS (Norton Internet Security) 2003. Disabling does not solve
the problem.

I noticed Microsoft security patch KB891711 in both StartUp (via
MSConfig) and Add/Delete Software (Control Panel).  Uninstalling it did
not help either.



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Eugene F. wrote:
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Find the application winsockxpfix.exe via Google.  This will fix the
underlying programming for TCP/IP.

Q




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Q,

<<< Find the application winsockxpfix.exe via Google.  This will fix
the
underlying programming for TCP/IP. >>>

Thanks for the tip. Will give it a try and report back.

Eugene



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Q,

<<< Find the application winsockxpfix.exe via Google.  This will fix
the underlying programming for TCP/IP. >>>

I used LSPFix utility that seems to fix the same type of problem as
WinsockXPFix but is suitable for Win '98SE.  It did not find any
problems.  Should I try WinsockXPFix nevertheless?

TIA, Eugene



Re: Workstation sees wireless router but can not connect


if you r using a firewall...then there is a possibility that it mite b
causing a problem.



Re: Workstation sees wireless router but can not connect


<<< if you r using a firewall...then there is a possibility that it
mite b causing a problem. >>>

I use Norton Internet Security (NIS) 2003 that has a firewall
component. The erratic behavior I experience happens both with NIS
enabled and disabled.



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Have you tried running the Home Networking wizard that comes with NIS?  Been
awhile since I've run Win98, but I seem to remember a similiar problem I had
with an older Linksys BEFW11S4 router and Win98 and doing that cleared up
the problem for me.  For some reason disabling NIS didn't help but running
that wizard did.

Good luck.





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Riffrafter wrote:
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WinXP also has a network setup wizard that will prepare a script for
Win98 machines..  That might be worth a try if a WinXP machine is available.


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Yes. I ran through the entire uninstall/reinstall process:

1. Unistalled the software
2. Removed the wireless card
3. Reinstalled the software
4. Reinstalled the card
5. Re-run the wizard



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<<< 2. When connection established - PING returns either only timouts
(most of the time)or timeouts and normal tramsmissions. No pattern can
be observed. >>>

Here is an example:


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Pinging 192.168.1.1 with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from 192.168.1.1: bytes=32 time=2ms TTL=150
Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Reply from 192.168.1.1: bytes=32 time=9ms TTL=150
Reply from 192.168.1.1: bytes=32 time=11ms TTL=150
Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Reply from 192.168.1.1: bytes=32 time=13ms TTL=150
Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Reply from 192.168.1.1: bytes=32 time=3ms TTL=150
Reply from 192.168.1.1: bytes=32 time=4ms TTL=150
Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Reply from 192.168.1.1: bytes=32 time=2ms TTL=150


Ping statistics for 192.168.1.1:

    Packets: Sent = 31, Received = 7, Lost = 24 (77% loss),

Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:

    Minimum = 2ms, Maximum =  13ms, Average =  1ms

Control-C
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Re: Workstation sees wireless router but can not connect


This looks like a bad signal!

We had a similar problem with a LAN at a multi-OS company network. When
a faulty cable was replaced it worked perfect.

So you should just move your computer closer to the router and remove
obstructions. In case it is obvious the signal should be just fine, it
could also be possible that the wireless antenna is damaged.

I _DOUBT_ this has anything to do with software.

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<<< This looks like a bad signal! >>>

Another networked computer in the same room still works fine and this
computer used to work at this very location.

<<< ... it could also be possible that the wireless antenna is damaged.
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I get a signal just no the reliable connection.  It takes multiple
attempts to establish the connection and then it either extremely
sluggish from the beginning or works for a very short period of time
and then deteriorates.

Could a bad antenna produce such bizarre effect?



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Eugene F. wrote:
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The way your pinging goes it makes it obvious that something is wrong
with getting the packets accross. All the connection attempting and
sluggish behaviour is just a side-effect of that (Ethernet works in a
way that it resends requests that fail to get across, so if the computer
is retrying several hundred times every packet it sends, then the result
is that it is either slow or just times out).

In the case of netwok cables, a wrong wiring, cable warped around a
metal object, an overpowered network (as in... 30 volts instead of 20...
this is more common in old telephone networks) or a screwed up cable
will cause exactly the effect you describe. In the case of wireless
interenet there are no cables thus it is only possible that this is
radio interference or poor signal reception.

And if another computer gets signal okay, and the other acts like it
doesn't I think a broken antena is to blame. A broken antena would cause
the computer to get a much weaker signal.

Too much computer cables around the antena, inproper grounding, a metal
cage of any form around the antena, audio speakers nearby or anything
else that causes radio interference may also be to blame, check that first.

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Re: Workstation sees wireless router but can not connect


Thank you very much for your input.

<<< A broken antenna would cause the computer to get a much weaker
signal. >>>

NIC software shows the strength of a signal. While it's not great it
used to be good enough for a stable connection.

<<< Too much computer cables around the antenna, improper grounding, a
metal cage of any form around the antenna, audio speakers nearby or
anything else that causes radio interference may also be to blame,
check that first.   >>>

While almost everything on your list applies to my case (antenna is at
the back of the desktop with all the other cables around), the same
setup (no matter how bad it is) used to work fine.

Eugene



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Eugene F. wrote:
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My bet is on the wireless card. Try replacing it with the one of the
other computer and try if it has the same effect.

There is nothing in software that could cause that effect and the
problem is characteristic of poor network wiring.

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<<< My bet is on the wireless card. Try replacing it with the one of
the other computer and try if it has the same effect.  >>>

Thank you for the suggestion. Unfortunately this is the only _wireless
desktop_ I have.



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