| | Re: Problems connecting with Linksys router.
> Peter Pan wrote:
>> Ret. wrote:
>>> Peter Pan wrote:
>>>> ps56k wrote:
>>>>> "Ret." <xxx> wrote in message
>>>>>> I have a Medion laptop with Draft N WLan. I am using a Linksys
>>>>>> Draft N router (WAG 160N). If I re-boot the laptop then it wont
>>>>>> connect fully with the router unless I unplug the router and then
>>>>>> replug it. Until I do that I get a message in the task bar
>>>>>> stating 'limited connectivity'. It's not a major inconvenience
>>>>>> but still irritating. Anyone any
>>>>>> ideas as to why I can get the router to connect to the laptop by
>>>>>> switching it off and on, but cannot get the laptop to connect to
>>>>>> the switched-on router when I reboot it?
>>>>> just out of curiousity - are you sure you are connecting to your
>>>>> WAP ? Have you changed the default SSID in the WAP/router so you
>>>>> know it's yours ?
>>>>> I just had that happen the other day - connected to "linksys" and
>>>>> didn't notice,
>>>>> as that's not our SSID.... it was a horrible signal, thought my
>>>>> wifi board had died.
>>>>> swapped it out with another - same problem - it took me awhile
>>>>> until I realized
>>>>> that some neighbor must have a new WAP running and I was
>>>>> attempting to connect to it...
>>>> are you using the WZC to connect or the linksys utility? have SSID
>>>> unique and broadcast on? What type of security are you using?
>>>> (wep/wpa/wpa-psk/etc)? have b/g compatibility enabled? (not all
>>>> pre-n's talk to other manufacterers pre-n's, and the security
>>>> settings don't always work the same between manufacturers)
>>>> just for fun, i'd say give it a try with b/g compatibily enabled,
>>>> ssid unique, broadcast on, and security turned off....
>>> 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 !
>> There are no n standards yet, (thats why things are calleed draft n
>> or pre n) so different manufacturers do things differently, easiest
>> thing to do is set both your router and laptop to b/g compatibility
>> mode.... from your limited connectivity when coming out of
>> reboot, i'm guessing the driver/router isn't synching frame numbers
>> when coming out of hibernate....
>> WZC = Wireless Zero Config (it's a windows thing, trying to
>> standardize how stuff works, instead of using the vaious manufacters
>> programs to handle the wireless, usually selected when you answer let
>> windows manage my wireless connection)
>> just for fun (and simple and free), what happens of you power cycle
>> the laptop? (IE shut it down and restart, instead of just coming out
>> of hibernation?) may help narrow down if it's the laptop or router...
> If I hibernate the laptop while I have a connection - then the
> connection is still there when I 'wake' Windows up. The only time
> there is a problem is if I re-boot the laptop. When I do that, the
> laptop will not reconnect to the internet - although it will have
> 'limited connectivity' to the router. I can try everything from the
> laptop - turning off WLan, disconnecting and reconnecting to the
> router - but still the 'limited connectivity' message and no
> connection to the internet. The only solution is to turn off the router
> for 10 secs or so and
> then turn it back on. As soon as the router has re-booted, I have my
> internet connection back again!
> It concerns me a bit because if ever I want to connect to WiFi in,
> say, a hotel, then will I be able to? I certainly can't go and ask
> the hotel to turn their router off and back on for me!!
That's interesting, cuz that's sort of what I was gonna suggest, there are
no N standards yet, and most hotels/hotspots etc are b/g... can you set your
laptop to only use b/g? actually I just checked and it appears to default to
b/g compatibility ? What do you expect n to do better?
can you turn the wifi off? (many laptops use a Function-F2 key combo)... try
turning off the wifi, then reboot your laptop, and then turn wifi back on
and see if it will connect..
Can you take the laptop to a local hotspot to try it? Least it would help
narrow down if it's the router or the laptop.....