Death of a Linksys WPC11 "Instant Wireless Network PC Card"

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by Tobin Fricke, Nov 2, 2003.

  1. Tobin Fricke

    Tobin Fricke Guest

    I've been happily using a Linksys WPC11 "Instant Wireless Network PC Card
    (Version 3)" (based on the Prism 2.5 [?] chipset) for the last few days,
    but now it seems to have died a peculiar death. When I insert the card,
    the little icon in the Windows 2000 system tray doesn't turn into the
    little wireless status indicator, but instead shows a "broken network"
    icon with the tooltip "Network cable unplugged." The command "ipconfig
    /all" shows this status:

    Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection 3:
    Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Cable Disconnected
    Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Instant Wireless Network PC Card V3.0
    Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : [correct MAC address]

    Hmmm. Cable disconnected? Wireless adapter? What's going on?

    Meanwhile, the card sits there with the "power" LED illuminated and the
    "Link" LED either blinking steadily (regularly) or not illuminated at all.

    Any ideas?

    Oddly this problem began when I booted Linux with the card inserted and
    did "modprobe hermes" to try loading that Prism 2 pc-card driver. But the
    card was never activated (led's never went on), so this happening might be
    some kind of odd coincidence.

    Tobin Fricke, Nov 2, 2003
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  2. Tobin Fricke

    gary Guest

    Are you sure your router is up and running? It sounds like it's just saying
    that there is no network available. The facts that power and link leds are
    on, and ipconfig sees the card, mean that it is properly activated on the

    Windows drivers make wifi adapters look like Ethernet. On XP, ipconfig says
    "media disconnected" if there is no network available, whether it's an
    unplugged Ethernet cable or a wireless adapter with no network available to
    connect to. Maybe W2K says "cable unplugged", since they both look like
    gary, Nov 2, 2003
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  3. Tobin Fricke

    Tobin Fricke Guest

    It sure is.. other machines access the wireless network without problem.
    And this other generic 802.11b card works fine too. When I reinsert the
    problematic Linksys card, sometimes I get the tell-tale little yellow
    exclamation point by the card in the removable hardware listing, with
    Windows complaining that it "can't load the driver." But that doesn't
    always happen.
    Yeah, that sounds likely... Netstumbler with the NDIS driver complains
    about there being a problem with the device, but with the Prism2 driver it
    appears to function.. but it sees only an AP called "linksys" (not ours).
    The card is definitely confused... I reflashed, but the symptoms remain
    the same.

    Tobin Fricke, Nov 2, 2003
  4. Tobin Fricke

    gary Guest

    Have you checked the error log for diagnostics? It's beginning to sound like
    the card is broken. This is a real longshot suggestion, but how sure are you
    that the Linux driver you were trying to run was compatible with this card?
    Is it possible that incorrect firmware was downloaded to the card?

    Here's an excerpt from a thread I found entitled "WPC11 V.4 Card Not
    Showing Up":

    Linksys has a real bad habbit of making major hardware changes while
    maintaining a product name, but without updating information about their
    products on their website. I have heard several horror stories, including
    people flashing devices with improper firmware. As a personal example, I
    bought a WMP11 card specifically because it was supported under a variety of
    operating systems (including linux) only to discover they had changed to a
    completely different chipset. Their web page did not reflect the change for
    months after the change had taken place and none of the drivers that you
    could download from their page would recognize the card. The only drivers
    available were the ones that came on the cd, and they were extremely
    alphaish drivers (kept on dropping wireless settings, problems associating
    even with linksys AP's, drivers suddenly becoming "uninstalled"). Be very
    very sure of what you are buying before you buy a linksys product.

    -Daniel Marsh
    gary, Nov 2, 2003
  5. Tobin Fricke

    gary Guest

    Check out John's post (11/2/03). His WPC11 just seemed to quit after normal
    use. If I were you I'd be camping out on tech support's doorstep, or maybe
    I'd just ask for my money back.
    gary, Nov 2, 2003
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