802.11b/g wireless LAN

Discussion in 'Broadband Hardware' started by Josh_b, Sep 15, 2008.

  1. Josh_b

    Josh_b Guest

    hey anyone... iam not sure if this is the right place to post this question
    but here i go. i have an Acer Aspire laptop which is around 9 months old. it
    runs windows vista basic, it also has a 802.11b/g wireless LAN inbuilt into
    it however sometimes it does not turn on (by this i mean it deosn't recognise
    any signals from my wireless router to access the internet). also when i go
    into the Acer empowering technology and into Acer eNet Manager, there are no
    WLAN's detected which gives me the impression that the wireless LAN is not
    turned on in my laptop. on my laptop there is a button on the front of it
    which can be slid across to turn it on, so when it doesn't "turn on" i slide
    this across but it just says no device. the router which my laptop usually
    picks up for the internet is always turned on so this could not be the
    problem (or could it?). i need to restart my laptop in order for it to pick
    up the router again. does anyone know what this problem is and how can i fix
    it. any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
    (the router i use for the internet is a Dlink wireless router)

    thanks Josh.
     
    Josh_b, Sep 15, 2008
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    Barb Bowman Guest

    what model router? what hardware revision what firmware?
    what driver version for the wireless laptop?

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    Barb Bowman, Sep 15, 2008
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  3. Josh_b

    Josh_b Guest

    iam not really sure for any of them. all i know is that the laptop is a Acer
    Aspire 3684WXMi, the router is a Dlink DI-524. how do u check the hardware
    revision, firmware and driver version? sorry iam not very computer smart.
     
    Josh_b, Sep 17, 2008
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    moon Guest

    Gentlemen,
    Please forgive me for barging in. I am unable to open a new thread, only
    reply to an existing thread.
    I am new to LANs. I have a Netgear router sendng a (g) signal, WPA encoded,
    established and functioning well on my laptop.
    I upgraded an HP compaq pavillion desktop that runs Windows ME with 512 RAM
    and a Trendnet PCI wireless adapter.
    The Trendnet configuration utility window shows the PCI card is detecting my
    SSID with 100% signal strength and 100% link quality. The data transfer rates
    both sending and recieving are at 0Kbps.
    I have entered the MAC address in Explorer's LAN settings in the box labled
    automatic configuration script. I have entered the Admin PW in the Trendnet
    coniguration window. Do I need to change the HP's IP address somehow?
    Again, please forgive the intrusion, for some reason I just can't open a
    window with the new question button.
    Thanks,
    Moon
     
    moon, Sep 17, 2008
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  5. Josh_b

    moon Guest

    Sorry for calling you a gentleman Barbara.
     
    moon, Sep 17, 2008
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    Barb Bowman Guest

    ok, let's try a different approach. when did this issue first start
    happening? do you have a system restore point from a time before
    this started you can revert to?

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    Barb Bowman, Sep 17, 2008
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  7. Josh_b

    Barb Bowman Guest

    can't help with the trend net utility. try Trendnet's website for
    support on this. this newsgroup is actually for Microsoft branded
    networking equipment (which is actually discontinued) and not
    general support.

    WindowsME had no native support for WPA (or any wireless at all) -
    not even sure if Trendnet is able to support WPA under ME. In any
    case, I'm sorry but can't give you any help with this.

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    Barb Bowman, Sep 17, 2008
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    moon Guest

    Thank you for your time. Have a great day.
     
    moon, Sep 17, 2008
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  9. Josh_b

    Josh_b Guest

    iam not entirely sure of the exact time at which this started but its been
    happing for around a month? or maybe two... its just started to really annoy
    me like i put u with it for a bit but when i turn my laptop on i leave it so
    it loads up but yea the wireless LAN doesnt pick up the net. i could try my
    system restore but will this wipe any updates and things that i have done
    after this? sorry that iam not that much help
     
    Josh_b, Sep 18, 2008
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    Barb Bowman Guest

    please try a system restore. yes you will have to re-do updates, but
    it is best to rule out that an update caused the issue (some
    driver...?)



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    Barb Bowman, Sep 18, 2008
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  11. I have the same Dlink. They can be quirky sometimes. Login to it and try
    switching the channel, so you'll use channel 11. Unlike the default channel
    6, channel 11 tends to avoid the things in the house that can cause this
    disturbance, such as Microwave Ovens, 2.4 GHz telephones and any other 2.4
    GHz devices in the house. Another possibility is setting your laptop's Screen
    Saver to come on too quickly. I find that my WiFi connected laptop has
    trouble reconnecting after I wake it up after the Fade to Black setting for
    the screen has kicked in.
     
    Mike Moreland, Sep 22, 2008
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  12. Josh_b

    Josh_b Guest

    Thanks barb this seems to have worked.... for the moment =) thanks for all
    your help.
     
    Josh_b, Oct 4, 2008
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    Josh_b Guest

    hey mike, what barb said worked however i still would like to change it from
    channel 6 to 11 just incase this is also the problem, but how do i do this?
    can you please give me some steps? thanks heaps
     
    Josh_b, Oct 4, 2008
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    Barb Bowman, Oct 4, 2008
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