In my XPSP2 laptop, I have a Belkin F5D7070 USB wireless dongle adapter connecting to a Linksys WAG54G a few feet away. The Belkin monitor utility displays an animated representation of the adapter correctly connecting to the router and thence to the internet. Every 60 seconds, it shows the connection from router to internet to be broken, and 10 seconds later to be restored, repeatedly.
While experimenting, I ran a continuous ping to my ISP and was surprised to see that the pinging was unaffected, even when the monitor was showing the connection broken. I've tried different channels, static and DHCP, reloading the driver numerous times. Nothing I tried changed the pattern.
There is also a PCMCIA Linksys WPC54G adapter in the laptop and this does not show any similar symptom. This adapter I disable when testing the Belkin. There is no other connection to the router, and I've never detected any other network in the vicinity.
I've sent numerous emails to Belkin support, which they always reply to but never seem to read.
Other than ignoring the condition, has anyone experienced this, or can anyone suggest a fix, or even a cause?