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Password problems Have good connection using Belking 54g using 2 laptop (1 xp + 1Vista) and WPA. approx. every week the vista laptop displays limited connectivity usually in the middle of an internet session. The xp laptop has to enter the belkin site take the security off then return and put it back on again. The network then funtions normally for another week! Is there a fix for this?

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  • plaxie Mar 16, 2008

    Hi Guys

    Thanks for your help, will wait until the connection drops before trying any of the solutions!

    Not sure what other info you wanted but the thing I don't understand is that a) without WPA there is no problem, and b) the computers obviously connect with WPA but after 2-3 hours the password fails giving limited connectivity = no internet, taking password out and putting it in again has no effect the only solution is as stated in the first posting.

    Since posting this the weekly problem happened again but this time it was the XP affected while the Vista carried on with no problem! Both computers tend to be in use together and for long periods, there is no limit on when/how long they can connect to the internet for. Have limited tech knowledge but can follow simple instructions so if you need more info I will try and find it!

    Once again thanks for your help so far.

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Hi,

After studying through the entire scenario, I think if the connection on the Vista times out, we may have issues with the computer and it does not seem to me as a problem with the router, its all about the configuration utlity, I would suggest the steps mentioned below:

Solution 1
Please uninstall the wireless ethernet card on the computer and re install it, with the updated drivers.

Solution 2.
1) Click Start => control panel => Administrative tools => Double click Services.
2) Look for a Service named 'WLAN Autocinfig'.
3) Right click that service and stop the service.
4) Right Click it again and then click properties.
5) Under start up type (Drop down box) select 'Manual'
6) Close all the windows, connect your computer (wired connection to the router).
7) go to www,boingo.com, This website would help you download the Wireless configuraion utlity, which can be used instead of the WLAN auto config, which is a default utility that come along with windows.
8) Download and install the utility from boingo.com
9) The correct sequence of doing things correctly is 1. Uninstall the wireless card, 2.install the boingo utlity. 3. Install the wireless card.
10) Now you can try to connect using this utlity.
11) if the connection says that its connected, check the IP address on the wireless network connection and tally it with the ethernet IP address (if you havent unplugged the wired connection)
11) Observe the computer for a week and then let me know the observations.

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Hi, well there is a lot of missing information but assuming certain things i will try to help:

first thing i assume is that you have disabled the option of allowing time for connections in the routers configuration. This option can take different names but the most common is: either iddle time or schedule... where you choose the moments (hours and days) that the router should provide connection to Internet. This option should be off cuz its for very punctual restriction matters.

second thing i will assume is that both OSs are running 100% free of problems, otherwise the problem could come from them and... this would be useless...

here are my firts advices.
1. Get rid of VISTA at least for this and the next year... all OSs have many problems when they arrive, specially those of microsoft that uses users to make the testing duties and collects information for free.

2. NEVER use firewall nor any security stuff from any windows... just buy a good antivirus and let it run! Kaspersky is my advise, just arround 35 dollars a year!
So first DISABLE all Firewalls from your laptops and get a good antivirus. If you install Kaspersky you will have to enable or "allow" the connection to enter cuz the AV will ask you for that normally with a message that gives you the option "add to trusted zone" and "trusted network" for connectivity and tasks in general.

NOTE: Upgrading WindowsXP is useless if you have a good updated AV and you are careful with what you do over the Internet. Just Service Pack 2 for XP will be enough at least for now year 2008.

Belkin is not the best option, SMC, LINKSYS, 3COM would be better but if you do not wish to buy nothing new just restart (reset router configuration), let the wizard take you foward, let the router by default and if you want do avoid people to stealt your network just find your MAC adresses and configure the router for giving access just to your computers and no one else. Figure out a hard password and you will be safe. Try changing routers IP too... just choose something not so common (NOT: 192.168.1.1)...

to find your mac adresses... just go START, RUN and write CMD and in the console write ipconfig /all ... that 00.88.B8-35.F3 like number is the MAC... Laptops use to bring 2 LANS so take note of the wireless one`s mac.

almost all routers from this years have the option as "assign static DHCP. Thats all, forget about WEP and that stuff, that was ment for groups, professionals, not necessary for home users... And better! if you set static connections by MAC and just limit the DHCP server to (2 machines in your case), people will be able to see your wireless but never to connect to it unless the hack into. Good luck and let me know if you need more help please.

Posted on Mar 14, 2008

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    Carpenocte Carpediem Mar 17, 2008

    Make it easy, just give the router standard configuration just by resettin it to zero point and just limit the connections alowed by givin just one connection for each computer you have and thats all, if anyone comes to your home just enable a temporary connection to him/her... by adding just one more and thats all... the pass to access your router is enough, thats ALL. If the problem persists its obvious that windows is the problem, any of them. By default all windows from xp to vista work horrible over networks, so let them default, if they fail, just reinstall them and let them at 0 no upgrades, no updates, just a fine antivirus like kaspersky and thats all, very simple. Dont be worrying about stuff and configurations... things have to work if everything is in place and you have nothing phisically broken.



    good luck

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