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Socket disconnecting part 2

Ok here is the setup: Dell Axim 400mhz model with 128MB SD card, Socket 802.11b wireless card and Linksys Wireless Access Point Router with 4-Port Switch (BEFW11S4). I have installed the latest drivers for the Socket card and the firmware on the Linksys AP. I am having some issues with the wireless connection staying active, and below are the details to date. So far, emailing customer support has proven slow at best, but hopefully I can get in touch with them this upcoming week or two. Their first email response suggested getting a good IP release/renew program and doing a soft reset when needed to resolve the problems. Issues: Seems to be losing connection with the AP periodically almost like the driver just gives up. I know it has great power save features, but it seems to just go to sleep and not want to wake back up. Sometimes it gets the IP and works for a minute or so then when I click the next link it doesn't comunicate any longer. Sometimes it doesn't get an IP and gets the MS loopback address (169.XXX.XXX.XXX or whatever) and of course that won't communicate either. Sometimes it works well for a bit then seems to lock up the PPC but if the card is ejected, the unit continues to operate, just not with the card. Sometimes it gets the IP but never communicates. Sometimes it works flawlessly. I can't tell much from the green blinking "link" light other than once a second seems to be waiting but not necessarily connected or not and fast blinking is transmitting and receiving data. Tests: No encryption, 40 bit, 128 bit. Tested sitting right next to the AP with 100% signal and upstairs where it is normally used with about 75-90% signal. (On a side note, I have also performed some of these tests at work but with only 40 bit encryption since I can't change it on all of our routers and also, I don't know what all the brand/models are.) Observations: No encryption (open system) seems to yeild the best results as far as connecting and staying connected. My experience has been 95+% with only one failure that I noted. 128 bit comes second with about 75-80% success. 40 bit (which is ideal because that is what we use at work and I can setup my home network to be a seemless transition between the two) is the worst with about 35-50% connecting success. Most of the problems I listed above come in this configuration. Sometimes removing and reinserting the CF card or cycling the power on the unit will solve the problem, but frequently it requires a soft reset. I have tried many suggestions such as AP settings (preamble type to "short", Fragmentation Threshold equal to RTS Threshold, and Authentication Type to open system) with little or no change in connection success. Questions: Am I wrong to expect the Socket card/driver combo to load and connect to the AP EVERYTIME it is inserted or powered on? Why should I have to use additional tools to get the Socket product to work correctly? Why should I have to perform a so

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Re: Socket disconnecting part 2

I have had similar issues. I cannot offer much help however. I am using the Socket CF 802.11b card on an ad-hoc (peer to peer) network with my desktop (server) and laptop, and right now am having no problems. 3 days ago, nothing would connect. Discovered an issue with one little checkmark in WindowsXP network for my main connection that is shared and firewalled, I believe it was under one of the advanced properties dialogs, but the setting was "enable 802.11p support". After I checked that box, rebooted, and fired up my laptop, I regained a lost connection, and suddenly, out of the blue, the Socket CF 802.11b card that hadn't worked at all for 2 days started working again. Be advised when dealing with Dell tech support....they told me over the phone that I COULD NOT MAKE MY AXIM WORK LIKE THIS. They said I needed to buy an access point/router and related equipment. Not so. I am having difficulty accessing files on the desktop from the Axim, but really don't need to do so anyway. Don't know if any of this helps ya one little bit, but thought I'd throw a response out for ya anyway. And don't forget that Dell tech advice, although typically sound, is NOT always 100% accurate, especially if it is an oriental guy with a heavy accent.... Best of Luck. Sorry to bother you with a useless response if that's what I did here. Hang in there. Sean W. Smiddy, USAF (Ret), Franklin, OH swsmiddy (AximX5-400 (delivered 24DEC2002) Dell foldable Keyboard (waiting for thumboard to become available to those of us who bought the first Axims) SOCKET Wi-Fi CF card; Dell TrueMobile 1184 Wireless Broadband Router/AP; Ambicon BT2000-CF Bluetooth Card from CompUSA - tethered to Siemens S56 GSM/GPRS phone using AT&T/Cincinnati Bell Service w/8MB per month Data Plan.; 2-128SD / 1-64MB SD Cards. Desktop PC Custom built by me. A real screamer for a 1.8GHz system. Hey, it was top of the line when I built it 2 years ago, & still going strong

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