| | Re: Problems connecting with Linksys router & Vista
>> OK. I have to admit that you are talking over my head a little here!
>> I only recently switched to using wireless and a lot of the
>> terminology is new to me.
>> The Medion Akoya S5610 that I am using definitely has 'n' capability
>> - as does the Linksys WAG 160N router that I'm using. I set up the
>> router following all the instructions that came with it and it works
>> fine - I have an excellent strength signal throughout the house.
>> Most times I don't bother shutting down Vista when I've finished
>> with the lap-top - I just close the lid and put it into hibernate
>> mode. When I open the lid the next day and 'awaken' windows, the
>> wireless connection is still there.
>> The problem only occurs when I re-boot. Instead of getting a blue
>> 'globe' over the connection icon in the task bar, showing that I'm
>> connected to the internet, I get a red cross and hovering the curser
>> over that I get the message 'Limited Connectivity'. Nothing I can
>> do from the lap top will correct that. I can switch off the WLAN and
>> switch it on again - no difference. I can disconnect fully from the
>> router and try and connect again - but still this 'limited
>> connectivity' which basically means that my machine is talking to
>> the router, but not connecting to the web. If I unplug the router,
>> however, and the plug it back in. As soon as
>> the router has re-booted, I've got the full connnection again.
>> The security is wpa2 - psk. I don't know what method I am using when
>> attempting to connect to the router - I just right-click on the
>> 'twin pcs' icon in the task bar, select 'connect to a network' and
>> then select my router from the list. WZC does not mean anything to
>> me I'm afraid! I'm not sure how to enable b/g !
> ok... so some of the magic info -
> You are using Vista and WPA2-PSK security.
> The router must have WPA2-PSK as it's security also.
OK I presumed that the security that shows up when I hover my curser over my
connection (WPA2-PSK) was the router security. I didn't realise that both
laptop *and* the router have this security!
> The router wireless config screen should have some entry for modes:
> B, G, N, etc...
OK - I'll take a look.
> The twin PC's are your network icons.
> You have to select the router SSID from a list - what else is showing
> in the list ?
It varies, of course, throughout the day, but I assume that I'm looking at
all my neighbour's routers (or at least, all those that are within range). I
have named my connection as 'Linksys Network' and that always appears at the
top of the list with the strongest signal. Other routers on the list are: BT
Fusion 4618, BT Business Hub 618, Sky29341, that's all at the moment - all
are security enabled. Often there are more than this and, occasionally I see
a 'Public Access WiFi' listed which is not security enabled.
> Have any other wifi computers - anything with XP :)
Nope. I replaced an XP desktop with this new Vista Laptop. The desktop is
now in the loft - just in case of emergencies!