Netgear MA401 Problem

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by Karen, Jul 12, 2003.

  1. Karen

    Karen Guest

    I am going nuts.

    I have a Linksys wireless access point and a Netgear MA401 PCMCIA 802.11b

    I cannot get the MA401 to link with a signal in Infrastructure mode, even
    with the card right next to the access point. When I change to ad-hoc
    point-to-point, the card recognizes a strong steady signal. Going back to
    Infrastructure mode and the signal is lost. Now here is the strange part,
    every now and then the card will work in Infrastructure mode and I can
    connect to the I-net. It will lock in strong for a while and then start to
    deteriorate and then disappear again. I have checked everything I can think
    of and can't find a "cause/affect" relationship.

    I do have a 2.4 GHz spread spectrum cordless phone in the house, but it is
    50 feet away and the problem occurs even when the phone is not in use.

    I have called Netgear Tech Support and they walk me through the typical
    check list of set-up issues but have no clue as to how to fix this problem.

    This NG is my last hope.

    Karen, Jul 12, 2003
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  2. Karen

    Karen Guest

    Karen again: More information. The signal from the Linksys Wireless Access
    Point seems to "fade in and out." Sometimes it is solid, other times it
    just goes away. I have not been able to isolate a cause. Any ideas?
    Karen, Jul 13, 2003
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  3. Karen

    shope Guest

    I found a similar issue with some MA401s talking to a Netgear wireless
    router - they started when some new XP laptops arrived and we installed a
    couple of spare 401s.

    Followed the Netgear suggestions and upgraded the firmware - and things went
    rapidly downhill. Basically one of the laptops would lose connection after
    30 to 40 minutes of access and need a reboot to recover. A similar laptop on
    old firmware was OK - although we couldnt use WAP.

    Fixed it by upgrading the router as well - so i suggest you check you have
    all up to date firmware and drivers.
    You could have a different interference source - if you are in someone elses
    beam line, and they have high gain aerials / amps, then they could swamp
    your signal from some distance away.

    Try different channels.
    shope, Jul 13, 2003
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