Hi, I goto a university where the majority of the school has Wi-Fi,
however, in a building on certain floors i fail to get a wireless
connection. I use the Linksys PCMIA card, and the Linksys WUSB11. It
will attempt to connect, then within 5 seconds reset to Not Connected.
Some times the icon on my taskbar for the wireless will disappear
telling me that the drivers unloaded, then re-appear so the drivers had
been loaded. The network is an open network available to the public,
however we must give Computing Services our mac address so they can put
us on the network.
Many people that i have talked to, have had the same problem with
Linksys and DLink. I have talked to the person in charge of the
wireless network, but his ego is really big and thinks that it's
everyone elses problem and not his. He said that our Wi-Fi devices are
pretty much crap, they are using a draft version of the wi-fi
technology, and a bunch of other crap. He also said that the devices
are not "Wi-Fi Certified" which is not true because it is.
There are about 3 access points on each level. One on each end of the
halls, and one in the middle. It's just on these few floors in this
building that my wireless messes up. There are some other side-affects
of this problem on my machine as well. For example, after trying to
connect to the network, then if you try disconnecting the usb, it will
fail to unload the drivers, it still sees the Wireless device
installed, just cannot see any networks in the area. When this
happened, i tried stopping the WZC service in XP SP2, and it failed to
stop, like the service has been locked up and when i try to install my
PCMIA slot wireless device, it doesnt see it as being installed. It
doesnt even get power. If i restart my computer, then it sees the
wireless card and stuff, but it as well experiences these symptoms much
like the WUSB11.
I have been looking online and saw a similar problem i guess, but when
it's on a closed network, and it has to do with a Windows XP (SP2)
Hotfix, which it says to uninstall. I dont have this hotfix, so it
cannot be that.
I have also tried disabling the WZC in XP and using the Linksys Utility
that came with the WUSB and it doesnt see the network at all, only the
WZC see the network and is able to connect.
I could use some help on this matter to try and solve this problem.