I recently upgraded from B to G with the WMP54GS PCI card. It is bundled with WLAN Monitor ver 1.1. What functions does the WLAN monitor handle? (this computer is WinMe) Do I need this application just to connect to the AP and Internet? I've noticed that I can quit this program and still use the network and Internet. But I've also noticed that when the WLAN monitor became slightly corrupted I could not connect to anything. (DHCP Client said "disabled") (I could edit my profile to re-enable) With the WLAN monitor stopped via "end task" I power cycled my DSL modem and WRT54GS AP. After they both came back up my WinMe machine with the monitor "stopped" was able to establish communications with the AP and Internet. (new IP also) But... if I reboot the WinMe machine there is NO network or Internet if the WLAN monitor is not running. So it seems it must be running to connect but after that there is no need for it. At time it uses 7% of system resources which are released if I quit the program. Also, along with signal strength it reports "speed". This reported speed can vary from 1Mbs to 110Mbs. Where do these figures come from. Is it actually measuring the speed or guessing? Obviously the 110Mbs figure can't be accurate, can it? Lastly, the linksys website indicates there is a later version than 1.1 for my card but seems to say that it is for WinXP only. Thanks for any advice or help on these issues.
18 years ago