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  I have a Linksys b PCMIA in my wife's Dell laptop (W98). It is
probably about three years or so old. The wireless router BEFW11S4 and I
got the two together as a package. The Router is in my desk in my office
and the laptop is on the desk in the kitchen (same floor about 50 feet
away). Over the last week or so, when we turn her laptop on, it doesn't
find the access point (always did before) and when you profile the area,
it doesn't see anything. HOwever, if I take the laptop to my office, it
finds the access point in the profile and I can then hook up and get
access point and internet. When I walk the laptop back to where it goes,
it stays connected to both access and internet.   Needless to say, this
walking it back and forth is getting old. Any suggestions?
       BTW: I can take my MacBook into the kitchen and it picks up the
access point with no problem.

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Sounds like weak signal with a new source of interference.  (See list of
possible interference sources in wikis below.)

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Better antenna at one or both ends of the connection.

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[shrug]

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  I'll wander through the Wikis and see if anything pops out. The thing
that (at least too my somewhat less than technically knowledgeable self)
would seem to argue against interference is the fact that after the
initial is made, it stays made. If it is interference, wouldn't I lose
the signal again walking back? Go figger.

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   Thanks for the reply. The help is appreciated...

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Not necessarily -- I've seen many cases where the wireless can hold a
marginal connection once it has been established that way.  Sounds like
you're right on the edge.  I'm willing to bet that even when connected
you're getting low throughput.

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  Yep. Actually, according to my wife, low is probably an understatment
(or maybe overstatement). My MacBook shows no new wireless nets in the
area and I have nothing new in the way to cordless phones. I'll wander
through the wikis and see if they are any help.

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http://wireless.wikia.com/wiki/Fast_Fixes_to_Wi-Fi_Problems#Too_much_wireless_.28RF.29_interference

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Your wife gets the office, and you do the washing up :-)

Or maybe install the latest firmware update:

http://tinyurl.com/omu8s

Firmware Date    : April 7, 2005
Current Firmware : Version 1.52.02
Product PartNo   : BEFW11S4 ver.4

As you can see, it's less than 3 years old.

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 hlexa@hotmail.com (Axel Hammerschmidt) wrote:

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          I THINK I already did this. I'll check when I get a chance.
Thanks.

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I have a BEFW11S4 v4 somewhere.  I'm considering using it for target
practice due to its tendency to hang without provocation.  However, it
does have a good radio section and works well when it's not hung.  Did
you try to power cycle the BEFW11S4 v4 and see if that helps?  You'll
need to have the power disconnected for about 10 seconds in order to
do a proper power cycle and reboot.

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How many walls are in the way?  I could be a weak signal issue.

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Well, if it worked before, it should work again.  The implication is
that your W98 Dell laptop is ancient.  Since the MacBook works as
advertised, there's nothing wrong on the BEFW11S4 end.  Therefore,
there must be something amis on the Dell W98 laptop.  However, that
all I know about this laptop so I can't offer any brilliant
suggestions.  If it has an internal MiniPCI card, you might check if
the two antenna connections have fallen off.  I seem to run into this
problem a bit too often.

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Stays connected with a good signal?  If so, it's working.  The problem
seems to be making the initial connection.  You've offered no clues as
to the nature of the wireless device in the W98 Dell, so I can't offer
any help.   However, whatever is broken appears to be in the Dell W98
laptop.

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Roller skates?

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As I mentioned, that means the BEFW11S4 is probably just fine.  Note
that the BEFW11S4 is 802.11b only and will limit you to 11Mbits/sec
maximum.  This is not a problem is you have a slow internet
connection, but will be a bottleneck for faster DSL and cable modem
connections.  You might consider upgrading to an 802.11g wireless
router, even though there's probably nothing wrong with the existing
BEFW11S4.

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3 walls., assuming line of sight. The wall to my office, a "wall" that
is the other side of the staircase and then the wall between the foyer
and the kitchen. The laptop is against the far side of that last wall.

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  I had said earlier that it was a plug in to PCMIA slot and Linksys. I
thought that would be enough, since it wasn't... the laptop uses a
Linksys WPC 11, version 4. Is that what you needed?


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