My card seems to be weaker than usual its detecting less access points, i have to be right next to my my router to make a connection
im running win xp home edition ive tried re-installing drivers
and software, reinstalling windows and changing configuration settings in the adapter propities section
please help me i will be EXTREMELY grateful
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Re: 2200bg card - weaker signals
Try using a different channel as there may be interference from other appliances.
You are probably on channel 11 in the routers settings, so experiment with a channel from 1 to 10, but don't forget to change the channel of your wireless card also.
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Hey there, laptops have different Wireless cards who operate differently depending on the signal strength of your access point. Try updating the drivers for your Wireless device and if it's still the same you should use some aluminum foil on the antennae so it gives out a stronger signal.
Sounds like you have lost your internal IP address assignments.. I would suggest unplugging the power from your router for two min and shutdown your computers. Plug your router back in and let it cycle completely up before restarting your computer. This should restore your internal IP lease.
If you have concrete floor slabs the the wireless signal from the Linksys will have a difficult time penetrating the floor slabs.
The wireless card in the computers will show a low signal strength.
Try altering the Linksys aerial to a horizontal position and also positioning the Linksys to another location.
You could be getting interference form other wireless sources, check the wireless channels of other wireless router/access points in your area. If they are broadcasting on the same channel then configure your Linksys to broadcast on an unused channel or one that has the weakest signal strength.
If none of these methods work then I would suggest you run network cables from the Linksys to upstairs and downstairs and not use the wireless connection.
If network cabling option is not an option then consider extending the wireless range with wireless repeater access points.
There are lots of problems of using wireless LANs in metal buildings, especially if you are trying to go outside the building and into another building. What I have had to do where I work is put an external antenna on the wireless router and use that to transmit the signal beyond the metal shell of the building.
If that still does not yeild satisfactory results, you can set up another wireless router in the "home" location with an external antenna to act as a recieving point for the other router in the office ... essentially this is setting up a site to site network. With both routers working together you should resolve the wireless drop out issue.
Bestbuy also sells a Wireless Booster, this works the same way as I explained with using two routers however if you go that route be sure you have the option to either add an antenna or you can place it near a window (glass cuts down on your signal than steel).
If this fails look at replacing the wireless card; this setup will still provide benefical even if you need to replace the card as it will provide stronger signals in stormy weather as well.
Some wireless cards are better than others at picking up weaker signals.
The problem with any wireless transmissions is that radio signals cannot pass through metallic surfaces.
You should position your wireless router away from metallic surfaces/walls and position your laptop so it can receive the radio signals without it passing through any metallic walls. If possible place the wireless router higher than at desk level.
If it cannot find any networks, check to see if there is a wireless on/off switch on the computer - look carefully some are well hidden. The switch turns the antenna on and off but windows still detects the network adapter and thinks everything is ok.
This IS the solution:
Set it to use 802.11b _ONLY_
Do this in Windows: Start->Settings->Control Panel->System->Hardware->Device Manager->Network adapters->Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2200BG Network Connection->Advanced->Wireless Mode = 802.11b only
Driver version: 9.04.36 (04.04.2007)
PROset/Wireless Software: not installed
OS: Windows XP
Go into hardware, then device manager in my computer properties or control panel and look down the list at 'network adapters'.
Click the '+' sign adn check that your wreless adapter has not got a yellow!(exclamation mark) next to it, if so it's a driver error.
If not right click on it then down to properties, then look in the 'device status' box, if it says code 10 it's faulty.
If it says this device is working, look further down at 'Device Usage' and make sure it's enabled.