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I just bought a new Linksys WRT54G router, I had a D-Link 524. I update the security info on the laptop and it works fine. I updated the security info on the PC and it is having all kinds of trouble; it is showing a weak signal or no signal at all. I know the signal is good in that room because the laptop shows 90 or 100%. Any thought on what the prob could be?
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post #2 of 12
Sometimes the router needs a power cycle after you update certain things via 192.168.1.1. There may also be another signal from a different router that your getting the weak one from. Scan for wireless networks and make sure that the one configured has the strongest signal (is yours).

I guess you can also make sure the antenea are pointed up.
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I have power cycled it and I know I am on my network. When I do get it to connect it will show a good signal then fade out until eventually it says limited or no connectivity, if it doesnt connect it just says failure to connect to the access point. How can I find out if the wireless adapter card is busted? I also re-installed the drivers. Also I guess I need to point out the adapter is a Linksys Wireless-G PCI card w/ speedbooster.

Any and all help welcome, b/c I am 'bout to put my foot through that damn computer.

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I have the same thing with my wireless desktop in the back of the house. The laptop in the same room is fine but the PC is weak. I put an aftermarket highgain antenna on it, set the antenna on the desk and that fixed it. I do not know why it was weak other than it is on the floor and the antenna is shielded by the case and does not have a "line of site" path to the router. Like I said a new high gain antenna set on the desk fixed it.
 
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I feel your pain. Is your signal encrypted in any way? WEP 64bit/128bit / WPA-PSK etc?

I used to use WEP 128-bit, but my sisters laptop had the same problem you do.

I changed it to WPA-PSK now (which is better) and her lappy connects with no problems. If you need help setting up different security stuff on your router just tell me and ill post some stuff up here.
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post #6 of 12
Do you have the most current driver installed for the wireless NIC? The most current firmware on the router? That seems to fix most weird stuff...
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post #7 of 12
Something that frequently happened on my PC downstairs with a wireless NIC... originally I had my router set to a 64 bit WEP key but later changed to 128 bit(WEP is near worthless btw). A problem similar to yours arose when the PC downstairs would always default back to the old 64 bit key whenever attempting to auto connect to the "preferred" network no matter how many times I changed the stored WEP key to the new 128 bit one. I think I resolved it once I realized what was happening by erasing the SSID from the preferred network list and manually reconnecting to the router SSID. It's been awhile since I've had issues with it to be honest.
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post #8 of 12
If you have the option, use WPA-PSK. Its the most secure, and its the only encryption i've had no problems with.

Also, do forget to set your MAC-Address filtering. (What it does is filter out all devices except the ones you specify, so that no1 can use your network.)

The wireless 'network' i use isnt so much of a network. The other PC runs windows ME, and so is incompatible to network with XP, and my sisters lappy is rarely used, so its just for me to get internet wirelessly
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post #9 of 12
Wolf? you get this fixed yet?
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Originally Posted by noxious89123
If you have the option, use WPA-PSK. Its the most secure, and its the only encryption i've had no problems with.

Also, do forget to set your MAC-Address filtering. (What it does is filter out all devices except the ones you specify, so that no1 can use your network.)
As said above, if you have WPA, use it! It's really the only real protection your network has. WEP encryption is rediculously easy to crack, 64-bit is possible in less than 30 seconds, 128-bit can take a few hours but it's only a matter of time. MAC filtering is honestly a waste of time IMHO. If someone is determined enough to crack your encryption key they're going to know how to spoof MAC addresses.
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