Linksys WRT54G + WPC54G -- maximum range of 1 foot?!

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by Mike Gnitecki, Jan 25, 2004.

  1. I have a Linksys wireless-g WRT54G router, and a WPC54G network card
    for my Windows XP IBM Thinkpad. The maximum range the computer can be
    from the router seems to be about one foot (seriously). Even then, the
    signal strength hovers around Low. I've tried all channels (1 - 11),
    and I spent an hour on the phone with Linksys. They claim the problem
    is that my laptop has a Texas Instruments Cardbus. They said I need to
    exchange it for a wpc11v4 card (which is wireless-b?). Does that sound

    I tried the "beta" drivers (supposedly for TI cardbuses) available on
    the Linksys WPC54G driver download page, but I only received a "failed
    to initialize" type error from those drivers.

    Any help would be appreciated. I'm currently having to connect the
    laptop to the router using a wired connection, which isn't ideal for
    my needs.

    Mike Gnitecki, Jan 25, 2004
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  2. No responses from anyone?

    Perhaps the problem relates to faulty hardware?

    Mike Gnitecki, Jan 27, 2004
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  3. Mike Gnitecki

    James Knott Guest

    It sounds like a defective unit. Can you compare with something else?


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    James Knott, Jan 27, 2004
  4. There's another card (same brand, same model) I could try.

    Or did you mean the router?

    Mike Gnitecki, Jan 27, 2004
  5. Mike Gnitecki

    Quaoar Guest

    Mike, I did a quick Google search on TI cardbus and wireless. There are
    problems that have been resolved with the Linksys TI driver. I would
    try to get the driver installed by first, with the card inserted,
    removing it from device manager, and then removing whatever is installed
    in Add/Remove programs. Then shut down, remove the card, reboot, and
    try installing the driver with the card removed, inserting it only after
    the driver and software is installed. In addition, there are comments
    about unchecking QoS packet scheduler in the protocol setup to improve

    Quaoar, Jan 27, 2004
  6. Mike Gnitecki

    James Knott Guest

    Either. Try to isolate where the problem may be.


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    James Knott, Jan 28, 2004
  7. Mike Gnitecki

    Mike Guest

    I've had similar problems. Mine Was a faulty PC Card.
    I could get poor to fair single link quality
    when placed literally next to the AP.

    I took the card back to Best Buy, the replacement unit worked
    like a champ. I have since run into the same issue two more times with
    linksys PC card products. I now prefer Orinoco or Aironet.

    If you have the ability to get another wireless adapter or AP, that
    would be the best way to trouble-shoot the problem. Know anyone else
    with wireless equipment?

    Mike, Jan 29, 2004
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    It might be best for me to try an Orinoco card. What type would I
    need? I've seen references to "Silver" and "Gold". I'm not sure what,
    if any, differences there are in reception between the two.

    Mike Gnitecki, Jan 30, 2004
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