I have a belkin f5d7001 that has been working to my router on channel 11 fine for 2 years but there are now 3 other near by routers on channel 11 so I decided to move to channel 6. The Belkin utility now does not see my router and insisits on connecting to 1 of the other routers on channel 11 dispite the "Connect to non-perferred" being un-checked. I have downloaded the lastest Belkin driver/utility software.
Running NetStumbler, with the same card/driver sees all the routers including mine on channel 6 and 2 laptops in the house also have no problems.
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Re: can not change the wireless channel
A very good question! I'd love to answer this. Belkin utility at times has some bugs. As you said you have downloaded the latest version of drivers and utility. Latest drivers are good but utility will not be of much use, I, as a technician would highly recommend that you use Wireless Zero Configuration in case of Win XP or WLAN Auto-config in case in case of Win Vista or Win 7. But if you have older versions of Windows, older than Win XP, only then utility has to be used. Enable WZC and WLAN A-C in Microsoft Services(Local) page.
Start > Run > services.msc > Ok > Services (Local) > Start the service.
At worst instances, if you are forced to use the utility, remove all SSID (wireless network names) from My Connections. Note: Remove all of them completely.
Also, i would recommend that you configure your wireless mode to be "802.11g only" on the router as F5D7001 is a 802.11g standard PCI card, and also turn ON the wireless PROTECTED MODE on the router. This will enhance the performance of your wireless devices in cases of heavy wireless traffic.
This is sure to work! Again, thanks for such a question.
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1. Open an Internet Explorer window on your computer and type in http://192.168.2.1
in the address bar. This will take you to the Belkin router's web based
configuration page. If you are not able to open the page click here.
2. You will get a login page. Leave the password blank. Click Submit .
3. On the left side of the page, click Channel and SSID below Wireless .
4. The wireless channel on the Belkin router is set to Auto by defualt.
Change the wireless to a static channel like 11. Click Apply Changes .
5. Click Logout in the top right hand corner. 6.Then reconnect to your wireless network.