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Belkin Wireless-N USB Adapter cuts out intermittently
Hi everyone, I really could use some help here, I've done everything that I can think of short of taking this thing back to where I got it from.
I've recently been having troubles with the adapter maintaining its connection to the Belkin Wireless-N ISR that is functioning as an access point on my network.
I have multiple other wireless devices, including a new iMac, an older PC with a Netgear Wireless-G PCI adapter, and an HP multifunction unit that are able to maintain a steady connection to the ISR 24/7.
However, my Belkin Wireless-N adapter on my main PC running Windows XP Pro has started cutting out very often, and not being able to maintain a connection for more than a few minutes at times. When it cuts out, the activity light goes out, and it just seems to be "sleeping". If I try to disable it and enable it in the Network Connections control panel, it will give an error of "Connection failed!" when I try to enable it, and then I get a popup from the toolbar stating that the "USB Device is not recognized".
When I unplug the device from the USB port and plug it back in, the connection resumes, but not for good, and its bound to cut out soon again.
I've reinstalled the driver multiple times, I've tried using both XP and the utility included with the adapter to control it, and searched the internet high and low for some answers, but have not been able to come across any.
The connection strength is good.
How often it disconnects is pretty random, but its has a very hard time staying connected for more than a few minutes, sometimes staying connected for just a few seconds.
To rule out everything I can, I've set it up with a static IP address and disabled all other network adapters on my machine.
In a command prompt I've been pinging google.com for quite a while, and I can see when it disconnects - its just random, and pissing me off...
I would greatly appreciate some help, as I'm all out of ideas. Thanks in advance.
I'm having the same intermittent problem with my Belkin F5D7050 adapter. It's driving me mad as it only stays on for a few seconds, then quits on me. The PC (running XP pro) sets it up again, but after doing this 2 or 3 times, seems to give up and I have to reboot, or log off and then on again. I have reloaded the driver from the disc, and tried not loading the monitor software - I did that and it conflicts with the WZC facility in windows. I tried turning that off and running the total Belkin software, but it's just the same.
A computer geek I know reckons it's a faulty adapter - but he hates anything Belkin and it used to work fine. My connection to the router is 'very good' whilst it lasts, the router is also a Belkin. The connection has got progressively worse over the last few days, I have to admit. I bet by the time I come to send this, it'll have quit on me again - yep! there we go...
Someone please help or I may have to go back to writing letters in the library. See you the other side of a reboot...
Last edited by berners17; 06-05-2008 at 11:31 AM.. Reason: wrong part number for adapter
OK dieselfuelonly has a belkin N adapter and berners17 has belkin G adapter , two different devices here
can you both plug the adapter straight into the back of one of your pc's USB ports and test.
dont use a hub or the belkin usb extension cable
now how I know these things remains a mystery
Well, lets narrow it back down then. I have the Belkin N adapter as well, I have plugged it directly into my laptop and I've used the docking station for it.
My network is configured so that the adapter is assigned a static IP address and I have even tried tuning my N router down to 54mbps so that it isn't trying to manage different data rates for all the devices connected to it (even though I'm fairly sure it turns everything down to the lowest anyways, but who knows). I have 2g devices and 2n devices if it matters, none of the other devices have ever experienced connectivity issues at all.
I am experiencing nearly the exact same problem as the original poster, 5min or less of connectivity and then I am forced to unplug and replug my USB card.
I have also used Windows and the Belkin network management software and I'm experiencing the same issue with both.
I am running Windows XP SP2 as well.
I too am having the same problem
I have a Vista x32 desktop system with the Belkin N wireless adapter. I'm using a Linksys WRT310N Wireless-N Gigabit Router. I'm getting excellent signal; however, the adapter just cuts out randomly. If I unplug it then plug it back in, it works just fine; however, it randomly cuts out from anywhere from a minute or to 15 minutes before I have to do the process over again.
Is it just me or does the adapter seem hot when it cuts out? I know that overheating doesn't always mean necessarily that something will make it have problems; but it's just something I wanted to throw out there.
This may be a half a year old thread, but this is the first time I've found something that someone has described the exact problem I am having.
berners17, I have the same wireless adapter as you. Also on windows XP
Every 20 or so seconds my wireless cuts-out, mostly whenever I launch a prgram (weather it uses the internet or not) I run at 54Mbps constantly with a "Very good" connection.
I have done everything, well.. everything I have read about, I have pinged Google and every I get "Request timed out" at reguler intervals, over a period of about 20 minutes it was a very reguler thing, approximatly the same number of pings between each time out
My head hurts, I can not see what is wrong or why it is doing it, I have updated/reinstalled all firmware to do with both the adapter and the router, the router is not passworded so anyone in range would be able to use is (my friends laptop works fine with it) I have even reformatted my entire hard-drive and got the same problem again shortly after. WZC I have had both on and off and also manual start.
I would use a wired connection, unfortunatly I am not able to drill holes through the floor (rented house) to connect the router, which is downstairs, to my PC although I know it works fine when I do so after trying with my PC downstairs.
Grrr, that damned adapter would be a pile of broken shards by now if the internet was not one of the only ways for me to keep in touch with family
Edit: just to say, it cut out three times whilst typing this and once when trying to send.
I'm having a very, very similar issue with my 802.11G (no N). See my thread. But yeah...Here's an example of what my ping table looks like: <2ms, 15ms, 83ms, 137ms, 800ms, request timed out. <2ms, 15ms, so forth and so on. It is a definate pattern.
Also, have you noticed how few people really have any expertise regarding this issue? Kinda worries me....
I've spent dozens of hours on this and other forums, trying to get an answer to my problems of constant disconnection from the Internet.
I won't delve into the specifics, other than to say that I've tried scores of fixes and replacements, yet the problem continues.
One thing I haven't tried to fix -- because I can't -- is the equipment and policies of my ISP and the company that supplies the bandwidth to the ISP. I would not be surprised to learn that my problems result from secret bandwidth denial by these firms, and that they are unwilling to admit they do this. In no forum have I heard anyone mention this possibility, and I know of no way to poke into it. Does anyone know of a way to RULE OUT evildoing on the part of these "service" providers? Any why aren't they able to help us, either?
Also, I have seen no forums where it is suggested that we read our router logs.
I've been having this intermittent shutoff problem with my Belkin N wireless usb stick, and I think I finally figure out my problem. Hubs/extension cords. My stick was plugged into the built in usb hub on my monitor, and it was overheating, so I removed it. Then, I plugged that stick into its provided usb extension cord/base, and plugged the cord directly into my pc usb. Once again, too hot and periodically shutting off. Now, I have the stick plugged directly into my pc's usb port without any hub or extension cord, and things look to be improving. In fact, this is the first internet post that I've been able to get through in a while that doesn't get disconnected. I'll update my situation in a few days to report its stability.
dang, never mind. it just kicked me again
Belkin N usb on Windows 7
Ok, so it seems like I MAY have solved things. Here is what I did with my F5D803 Belkin N usb stick to get it stable in Windows (so far.) I uninstalled ALL of the belkin software for the stick, both software and drivers. After a computer restart, I inserted the included Belkin CD in the cd drive, but didn't run it. Then, I plugged the usb stick into the PC without using a usb hub or the included usb extension cord....just straight into the computer. Next, I went into the device manager, right clicked on the Belkin stick, selected properties-->hardware tab-->properties button --> driver tab --> update driver button. From there, I selected "browse my computer for driver software" and selected my CD drive. The computer automatically found the driver for the usb stick on the CD, and things seem to be working well....so far!
So, in a nutshell, try getting rid of all the Belkin software, and just updating the driver from the disk, and things may be more stable for you. I'm not even gonna mess around with updating the driver from the website, because that has only caused me problems in the past.
I use a Netgear WG111v3 USB thumb adapter on my laptop and I noticed right away it seemed over hot. It does the same thing a few of you have described here-cuts out intermittently. I just unplug it for a few seconds and plug it back in and it usually works.
Rarely it will not connect even though signal strength is adequate. In that case I unplug it for 20 - 30 mins to let it cool down and it usually works fine again for a few days.
Just to update, my Belkin N usb stick has remained solid for 24 hours, so I think I finally resolved things, after a very frustrating few weeks
I arrived here with the same problem as everyone else here. I was very pleased to find the solution from douglasf13, but, unfortunately, it didn't work for me.
I think that the problem, for me, came in that I have a more recently purchased adapter, and the disc did not contain the driver in raw form, but packaged inside of an executable. Because of this, or possibly because I am running Windows 7 RC, Windows could not locate the driver on the disc in the way douglasf13 described.
So, I set out, and found, another solution. Exactly as douglasf13 avoided, I went to the Belkin website, and downloaded the most recent driver. They had a LOT of drivers, too. Seriously, they seemed to update every two to three months.
So, to cover what I did step by step for those trying to recreate it (in Windows 7, otherwise you may have some slight differences in steps):
1. Go to Control Panel, and, under "Programs," select "Uninstall a program."
2. Select and uninstall "Belkin Wireless N Adapter Driver" from the list.
3. Disconnect the adapter.
4. Using another PC, or via a temporary ethernet connection, download the latest driver from Belkin.com's support section, searching based upon the model number written on the back of the device. for the F5D8053, which is the one I have, go to this page (the version I'm using is 5.01.03, but a newer one ought to work).
5. Run the downloaded executable on the target PC, connecting the adapter when prompted.
6. Connect to your wireless network as normal. If you have an encryption key, you'll have to re-enter it, as reinstalling the driver seems to make it forget everything.
Hope this helps!
It took longer, but the problem's back now. CRAP. Forget everything I just wrote!
I'm aware that this thread is getting old now, but I have similar problems too. I bought the belkin N wireless USB adaptor, however I find that once I plug it in it keeps connection as long as I dont leave it for more than 30 mins, but when I restart my PC it can't seem to connect again or can only go local. I asked the guys in PC world about the the N wireless adaptor before I bought it becasue I have Vista 64bit, and there are lots of compatibaility issues. However to my surprise I came home and have problems similar to what everyone else is experiencing. Is it worth even bothering about this anymore? or does it seem likely that a fix will be made, because this thread has been going for a while and the issue still hasn't been resolved in that time.
Crossing my fingers
Ok, I am running the FSD8053 v1000 on Vista. I have been fighting this problem like the rest of you for quite a while. I may be on to something here. I went into the Device Manager and pulled up the Belkin USB Adapter under the Network Adapters on there. I clicked on the Advanced tab. There is the power settings there. One of the settings is CAM which stands for "Constantly Awake Mode" on AC or something to that effect. Anyways, it was disabled and so I enabled it and instantly the little blue light came one.
I am crossing my fingers on this one and had to pass it on so hopefully it will save some people headache medicine.
I have been checking online for weeks to try and find anyone else who has this problem but cant. Im running windows vista home 32-bit and my adapter drivers are up to date. Im new here and i have a problem just like this. I have a Belkin N+ usb adapter (F5D8055) and mine always cuts out after a few minutes but only on high media applications like games online. The timeout is always the same, usualy just after 4 minutes from joining any server on any different game. I have spoke with belkin support and they suggested changing wireless channels but this was also no help. I have also tried port forwarding but that has not helped, checked my firewall and my pc connection settings but they are all fine. I have checked the router but dont see anything unusual. So you guys who deal with stuff like this often have any ideas? It also seems to be at certain times during the day aswel when im playing games like late evening.
I have the same problem with the Belkin Usb adapter while connecting it to a Win 7 system, it keeps disconneting. But after followed douglasf13's method, it stop disconnecting for 24hr.
Belkin N Adapter Intermittant Connection Problem fixed
Hi everyone I have been using this forum to search for a solution to my intermittent connection problem between my Wireless N adapter F5D8053 and my Belkin Wireless N router. My O/S is Windows XP Professional. I have had constant disconnections and problems reconnecting. Both WZC and belkin client have same problem.
My fix was to go to the Belkin Wireless Adapter in Device Manager and in the Advanced tab, change the setting for the wireless mode from
and change it to
thus preventing the adapter form working in 802.11n mode.
Although this reduces the bandwidth of the adapter from 150Mbps to 54Mbps its not a problem for me as I don't need a 150Mbps connection to my router.
My router has many devices connected most using 802.11g and no problems.
By restricting my wireless N adapter to using 802.11g it seems to have resolved what has been a nightmare.
I hope this helps some of you people out there having the same trouble.
PS. my wireless router is using the mixed mode wireless, that b/g/n mode.
I have exact same issues with a Belkin F5D8053. Its a USB stick with a corded stand. Tried many drivers, settings, incantations... no joy. However, some clues lead me to believe it's a thermal problem. Those are:
1. Turning off certain features helps but not completely. I suspect those features use a bit more power and so generate more heat.
2. Some have said it happens more during high bandwidth usage or gaming. Speed=heat.
3. Some have said it happens certain times of the day. Like maybe when it's warm.
4. Some have said the product feels hotter than it should.
5. My USB stick has no vent holes. Not cool, so to speak.
6. After 2 years there is no solution from Belkin. That's because no new driver can solve a hardware design problem. Unless the driver turns off features to make it run cooler.
7. Some have said the stick location makes a difference. I would guess for best thermal realiability, the best position should be standing up in the holder. But maybe directly in the computer is near a fan or some air flow.
8. No one has notice the intermittance being correlated with anything in particular.
I dont know this for certain, that its a thermal problem, its only my educated guess. So I'm running an experiment. I have removed the plastic case from my USB stick. It was really easy, no tools required, did it with my finger nails. Then I removed the tiny tin lid from over one chip. That only required a tiny pick tool. The bare board is now standing up in the base. No fan here, but it gets plenty of free air flow.
Has not bombed once, for 24 hours. But... others have said that phrase before me. We shall see. --Upton
Update on thermal experiment....
2 DAYS, NOT ONE DROP OUT.
Before I removed the plastic case, this would be unheard of. Normally I would have to reset at least 1x while typing this post.
My conclusion: this is a thermal problem.
My solution: I have a USB device with a stand to hold the adapter in a vertical positon. Remove the plastic case. Place in stand. Problem solved.
My suggestion: If you have similar problems with a non-USB adapter, increase air flow. Open cases, drill holes, unscrew lids, add fans, or place near an existing fan. One time I routed some cold air from my wall-mount air conditioner into my PC case with a length of flexible hose. Solved lots of problems, worked great. Be creative. Go nuts. Post back.
Cheers. --Upton O Good
Interesting - thanks for updating us on this.
I do know that as a lot of routers are passively cooled, they can be prone to over-heating. But I didn't know the Belkin sticks would do this.
Thanks for the update
Tried an ice pack
I tried applying an ice pack to my Belkin Wireless-N USB adapter... didn't solve the problem
Belkin thermal problem
I have a Belkin G wireless USB adapter (stick) and am using it with Windows Vista. It worked great for the first 2 mos. I did notice it getting very warm during that time but there wasn't really any problem so I dismissed it. After that, I started losing connection intermittently. I thought there might be a problem with the stand so I took it out and connected the stick directly to my USB port. That seemed to help for a while but not for long. Soon the loss of connection was so bad I thought I'd go mad. That's when I started surfing the web for an answer and found your board.
Since my adapter was getting so hot, I tried the advice of a previous poster that suggested removing the case. I did that and have had connection all afternoon. I'll update my post if this stops working but for the time being, it seems to be the cure. My only concern is dust damaging the circuit board but I'll deal with that as it happens. If this adapter completely dies, I'll likely buy an internal one. I read a lot of posts and most seem to suggest it's a problem with the design and since most adapter sticks are designed the same, I can't imagine a different brand being any better. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
Just wanted to add my $.02 in case someone else comes along with the same problem.
Edited to update: It's been a week since I removed the cover from my USB adapter and I'm happy to report no dropped connection. My sanity has returned!
Last edited by serenity123; 09-09-2010 at 02:53 PM.. Reason: update
Signed up on WirelessForums.org to thank Upton. You saved me a lot of time and money that I think I was going to spend to replace my Belkin N Wireless USB Adapter.
I have been using this adapter in my HTPC setup with m350 case.
It has a hidden front USB where one can attach USB Wireless or IR Adapters. Turned out that the PicoPSU and other chips were producing a lot of heat, hurting Belkin N which itself in turn produces quite an amount of it. So, took out the adapter stand that Belkin sent along with and viola... I am getting constant speeds of 270 mbps with link quality closing to 75%.
It's confirmed...the wireless link issues related to USB Adapters are thermal problems most of the times.
Thanks all , and thank you Upton.
i found out how to solve this problem.
You wonŽt loose any speed or have to disable N, it will work for all of you.
First, uninstall all drivers and software of your adapter.
Reboot and insert the disk.
Use the device-manager do install the drivers from your Belkin CD.
Then update your Adapter online.
You will now see the driver version
Now here is the important part:
connect to your wifi and enter your wifi-settings.
Open your router settings by typing
192.168.0.1 ; 192.168.1.1 ; 192.168.2.1 ; in your browser
if your router ip-adress is not listed, search for it here: img228.imageshack.us/f/unbenanntipj.jpg
YouŽll have to set the communication down, because the adapter is overflooding your router. i saw this because everytime i connected to a black ops server, my iphone went out of my wifi.
this solves the problem.
set it down to medium or low.
Belkin is pathetic.
Look at everyone here, unanswered with our problems.
So, I just removed the case to prevent over-heating. It's still getting really hot, so I reckon it'll start disconnecting after a while.
If you want to prevent this completely, just get a cable. I know you're all probably too far for your modem thing, and whatever. But the only way to prevent this completely is to get a wire.
My dad is fitting a cable from downstairs, outside, around the house, into a hole in my wall. It's not much effort.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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