SM> Something does not make sense here. SM> wireless support is not built into win95 or early win98. According to all I SM> have read, you must upgrade to win98se in order to use wireless on the SM> client machine. I had to do this on my laptop, and it was quite a headache. SM> There are no pcmcia cards that I know of that list support for win95 or SM> early win98. Just about all list win98se and newer versions, but some are SM> xp/vista only
Hello Stuart, thanks for your reply. The wifi card Im using is a Belkin F506020G. It installed ok on Win95 and thats the first version of Win95. Its just a plain PCMCIA card not a CARDBUS type. CARDBUS cards dont fit in my laptop so I dont know about them but Id guess you'd be hard pressed to find one of those that worked with Win95. Theres confusing information knocking about but I think you need win98se at least as the machine connected to the internet that shares its connection with other machines but win95 or win98 is ok as a client. Thats what I have here. Presumably, youve been successful at connecting your win98se wifi laptop to your home network but have you got it working with a hotspot?
SM> what exactly is your home network condiguration?
Well, thats a big question ;) Which bit ? I have a wireless access point connected to an ethernet hub and I administer that from the Win98se machine. Theres an ordinary NIC in the machine wired to the hub. Theres also another three machines wired in. I can access the files on any of these machines from the wifi laptop and vice-versa. 802.11B BTW not G.
SM> how does you host machine access the internet? SM> can you connect at home using a wireless router? this is certainly preferred SM> over using windoze connection sharing
Yup, everything I read suggests that you're right about the router but at the moment Im accessing the internet via dialup. Theres a modem connected to the Win98SE machine. Not fast and inefficent when accessed via the client Laptop, but usable. I dont have broadband yet.
SM> > I now want to use it to access the Wifi connection at my local SM> > library but Im hitting a problem. The NIC appears to be linking SM> > OK to the library access point using the SSID supplied by the staff SM> > there. Im pretty sure I had a good connection. Trouble is, thats SM> > as far as I could get. The library staff were no further help, SM> > they only know about Win2000 and XP. SM> SM> what is your signal strength at the library?
good; about 80%
SM> what ip address/gateway is assigned by the library? SM> what happens when you ping the gateway assigned above?
Good point. I should try to find this out from the library staff if I can find someone who understands what a gateway is.
SM> what happens when you ping an established site like yahoo.com?
pinging ftp.demon.co.uk has worked for me before but I will try another next time and also try pinging a raw ip address, just in case, DNS is a problem.
SM> are you using windoze or the card utilities to manage connections?
Theres only one card utility, the Belkin configuration program. Thats what I use. Its where one enters the SSID, see the signal strength, switches off WEP etc.
SM> > My understanding is that I should see some sort of login screen SM> > when I start up my browser, Opera. I think this is supposed to SM> > replace the "Home page" of the browser. I dont understand the SM> > mechanism involved in this and its not happening. Opera just SM> > times out looking. Ive tried pinging ftp.demon.co.uk, just to SM> > test the connection but its not recogised. I dont know whether SM> > this is a Win95 problem, an Opera problem or what. SM> SM> sometimes ftp sites do not respond to ping SM> SM> >
SM> > Any advise on solving this would be appreciated. Ive be looking SM> > around on the web for leads but so far have found none. SM> SM> good luck - I gave up on this and upgraded.
The Laptop couldnt handle 98SE. The thing I really dont understand is how the hotspot login page comes to be seen in the browser. Is it some sort of pop up?