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Excellent Signal Strength, but no Wireless Available

by someone19 / August 9, 2004 3:40 AM PDT

Hi,
I am adding a laptop (windows xp home, toshiba a65-s126 with integrated athenos super g wireless card) to an existing home network. My router is a linksys BEFW11S4 (wireless-b) and I am on a cable modem connection. Currently I have two desktops (one linux, one winxp) with wired lan cards connected to the router, and both can connect to the internet with no problem. I have used a wireless laptop on the network before, so there are no hardware problems with the wireless feature on the router. I have tested configurations with WEP enabled and disabled, but have the same results. The laptop shows an excellent signal strength and finds my network ssid, but when I try to load a web page, the taskbar shows "resolving hostname...", but the page does not load. I cannot ping the router or the other computers from the laptop, but when I look at the wireless client MAC list in the router settings, the laptop's MAC and assigned ip (192.168.1.19) appear. Thanks in advance for helping out!

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Re: Excellent Signal Strength, but no Wireless Available
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 9, 2004 4:11 AM PDT

I just had to play with such over the last week.

Here's what I went through. But let me say that I have no cure for you! I can only share my last experience.

1. The setup failed horribly. The new 802.11g router wouldn't even connect to the internet.
2. Updated the 802.11g's FIRMWARE. Bingo, connected to the DSL account on the first try.
3. The WUSB11 wouldn't connect. Updated it's firmware and driver. All the settings in the router were redone and now it connects.

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It died again...

4. Opened a command prompt and for this ole 98 box typed ...
IPCONFIG /RELEASE_ALL Shutdown, pulled the AC cord for a 20 count, put it back in and booted. It's online now.

Best of luck.

Bob

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Re: Excellent Signal Strength, but no Wireless Available
by Shell0426 / January 4, 2005 12:53 PM PST

Uh oh. I'm not heartened that others are experiencing my pain, but I'm grateful for a chance to learn.

I have a Compaq Presario 1245 laptop running Windows 98, successfully installed the Linksys Wireless USB Netwok Adapter WUSB11 ver2.6, used it successfully for about a month, then tried to install the Linksys Wireless PrintServer, and the WUSB11 stopped working. Have spent 20+ hours so far; to no avail. Feel stupid, but this course (#4 IPCONFIG) sounds promising. Will report my results shortly.

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Re: Excellent Signal Strength, but no Wireless Available
by Shell0426 / January 4, 2005 1:01 PM PST

Tried the IPCONFIG/RELEASE_ALL method. Still can't connect to the internet. Good signal strength, connected to the router, but can't locate the internet.

Any other ideas appreciated.

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Re: Excellent Signal Strength, but no Wireless Available
by mmbusi / January 18, 2005 1:23 AM PST

Does your client show an IP address? What data encryption and network authentication schemes are you using?

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Re: Excellent Signal Strength, but no Wireless Available
by rajhiremath / November 27, 2004 1:07 PM PST

Hi,
I also having same problem as you explained inyour e-mail. The icon shows excellent strength, but not able to brows through internet explorer. Could you help to resolve this problem. I appreciate your help.

Thanks in advance,
Raj

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So Raj, how about that firmware?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 27, 2004 10:36 PM PST

You added your question, but didn't tell about what I noted.

Bob

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Maybe a DNS issue...
by Java Trish / February 3, 2005 10:01 PM PST

If your computer is hitting your router, but not opening any pages, it may be a DNS problem, especially if your browser says "resolving hostname...". Try opening your browser and going to the addess http://64.233.167.99/. That is google's ip address. If google comes up, you are having a DNS issue. Good luck!

Java Trish

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