Fairly new desktop Dell XP computer that has an Ethernet port. At that time he connect through dial up connection, then ordered Verizon DSL. His older computer which is a desktop Gateway 98se has no ethernet port. Wife used this one with dial up connection which we all know is very slow in compare to cable/DSL service. Good old mom goes out & buys D-Link wireless Di-624 rev c router & a D-Link wireless USB DWL-G122 rev b adapter. Fun begins!
They take both out of the box, starting with the Di 624 wireless router, following it's instructions, connected the DSL modem to the wireless router with the Ethernet cable (cat5 cable) & then connect to the Ethernet port on his XP Dell desktop computer. He tested the connection & was able to get on the internet. When that was done they proceed to work on installing the drivers from the D-Link's CD for the DWL-G122 wireless USB adapter on the 98se Gateway desktop, following it's setup instructions. After the setup was complete on this 98se desktop she was able to establish a internet connection. Happy as a lark they each were able to surf the internet using both their own desktops now connected being wireless. All fine for about a week.
I get the call the USB adapter is not working for she can not get on the internet. The adapter has two lights, one for power & the other one for the internet. Sometimes they do light & other just flickers before it no longer lights up. Giving her the indication the adapter is not working. However she does try to connect to the internet anyway thinking something had happen to just the lights. Wasn't happening, no connection. The USB adapter comes with a cradle with a cord that attaches to the USB port. They tried to get it reconnected by putting the adapter directly to the USB port or by taking it out of the cradle & putting it back in the cradle. Lights will flicker then die again.
Then they proceed by uninstalling everything in both desktops, his XP & the
98se computers. Re installed everything again, starting fresh like the first time. This seem to work because the USB adapter was working again. But not for long. When this happened they called D-Links support. After being on the phone for hours with them with various techs their only solution was to download new firmware from their site. Not before.... Deleting what was in Network Connection as well as what was in Device Manager. Deleting The adapter's software out of the system. Support tech had them reinstall from their original CD & walk them through the setup (this was done twice) end results were still this adapter would not work. She could not establish a internet connection. Tech support feels the problem is 98se desktop computer not their product.
Keep this in mind when this USB was working there was an icon which is a letter 'D' in the system tray. I believe it's their configuration utility. I've since learned if you do lose connection all you need to do is right click this icon to reconnect to the internet. That is all I know at this point.
Tried one last time, uninstalled everything pertaining to the wireless USB adapter from the 98se desktop computer. With the new firmware they downloaded from their site they installed it. That did not work, could not establish a internet connection even with this new firmware/drivers. It's now in the box to be given back to me.
The wireless Di 624 router is still hook up on the XP desktop computer. That work fine because my son was getting on the internet with no problems. He was about to take everything apart & put that in the box when I said (big mistake) let me take a look at the manual & start from scratch to see where it takes us. Here is when he told me he didn't change any settings or touch any of the configurations, just took it out of the box & hook everything up, followed the instructions on the screen. Did not see or realized or understand he should have click on the PPPoE but left it to Dynamic IP Address. Which by the way enabled him to connect to the internet. He thought when he had everything connected & that the wireless USB adapter on the 98se desktop was working that was all he had to do. Told him how I've been reading this newsgroup & got the idea maybe since he didn't configure anything that might have been the problem with the wireless adapter. So he uninstalled everything from his XP computer to start all over again. He called Verizon DSL, told they are PPPoE. Gave him his username & password. Then he started all over again, connecting everything together _after_ he made sure he deleted what was in Network Connection & in Device Manager. Entered this address in http://192.168.0.2, up to the screen where he selected the PPPoE option, added his username & password. Here is when something happened because the next screen that appeared did not load up all the way so that he could make out what it was. Or any buttons to click on to take him either back or next. So what he did was cancelled out of it. He did reboot in hopes that what ever he did it'll do what job it was suppose to do. His computer is back on he click on a web site & a screen pops up saying he is not connected to the internet. Calls Verizon DSL support, they remove everything from his computer, takes everything apart, reset the wireless Di- 624 router to the factory settings. He calls Verizon they saw a problem that was from their end & fix it. Son puts everything back together. The modem, the wireless router to his XP desktop computer. He calls me back & we go through the configuration again. When finished he tried to connect to the internet again & again couldn't. Answer to your question the router was configured over a wired connection. That wasn't done till everything was connected or powered up. We had no idea about the firmware. There was no mention of it in their setup guide. Till you mention it & he will. Your remark about the USB support in the Wins 98se is a problem & suggested a wireless Ethernet (client) bridge. Can you explain what that means?
I do apologize for making this so long & probably more than you wanted to read. And I hope I made it more understandable. I know of no other way to make it any more clearer. Again thank you for all your help & for being patient.