MN-520 poor reception?

Discussion in 'Broadband Hardware' started by John T, May 13, 2004.

  1. John T

    John T Guest

    I'd heard that Microsoft hardware was actually pretty good. However, I
    just tried using a MN-520 wireless notebook adapter with a friends
    Dell Inspiron 5100 / Windows XP Pro, latest drivers, and the reception
    was terrible!

    With the laptop in the same position, my Dell Truemobile 1150 notebook
    adapter had EXCELLENT reception, whereas the MN-520 had ZERO
    (actually, flipped every few seconds between very low [can't even get
    ip] and no connection).

    Has anyone else had this terrible reception experience? I am really
    sort of surprised - testing just around the corner from the AP had a
    LOW connection. Granted the 1150 is an excellent card... but still.

    Thoughts? No firmware upgrades seem to be available.

    ps - are MS products rebadged Linksys? Cause that might explain it...
    John T, May 13, 2004
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    Chris H. Guest

    Chris H., May 13, 2004
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  3. John T

    Guest Guest

    Typically that means the card is misconfigured, or
    conflicting with a built-in wireless card (?). There is
    also a firmware upgrade for the MN-520 available. It
    should download automatically if the software was
    installed properly.

    Aside this, I would go with all hardware from same vendor
    when things are about alike, so I can get better customer
    support (no more blaming problems on the other guys ;-)
    Guest, May 13, 2004
  4. John T

    John T Guest

    The channel was correct, yes. Netstumbler watched signal strength go
    from excellent (-45dB) right next to the AP to poor (around the
    corner) to none (original position).

    There is no firmware update according to the microsoft site & the
    MSBNDownload.exe that I used to flash my microsoft router (not being
    used here).
    John T, May 13, 2004
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