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Adequate signal but doesn't work

by newbie79 / December 17, 2004 2:50 PM PST

I'm connecting to a wifi network with a laptop. The WAP is upstairs (I live in a downstairs apartment, so I can't get closer), and I've always had occasional problems with the signal strength, but even with a low signal, it has functioned. Nothing has changed that I know of, but now it won't connect to the internet or my email server through Eudora, even when it says that there is a good signal. And, alternately, it says no network is available, but when I click on the icon it lists three! (Two of which are neighbors and have never worked.) However, then it won't actually connect--at most I get a tedious serious of little balloons telling me that multiple networks are available without actually being able to connect at all! Have I inadvertantly changed something on my computer? Could it just be some new (hopefully temporary!) environmental interference? How finicky are these things?

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by newbie79 / December 18, 2004 2:27 PM PST

Still hoping someone might have some ideas...

It's connecting fairly reliably now and hanging on to the one network, but under properties, it appears the card is sending but not receiving bytes. I had this problem when I first installed the card but had not yet acquired the WEP from the access point upstairs. But now I have the WEP and have tried reentering it, to no avail. I also tried reinstalling the adapter itself, but that didn't help.


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Test the WAP with other settings.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 18, 2004 10:57 PM PST
In reply to: Update...

I change the WAP RF channel to 1, 6 then 12 and see if one just works better.

If you are filching someone's internet, then tell us why you think this needed attention.


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It's legit...
by newbie79 / December 19, 2004 7:38 AM PST

I live in a basement apartment, and my landlords gave me the WEP to use their wireless internet. They know I've been using it, and even declined my offer to help pay for the DSL.

How would I change the channel for the WAP?


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It's a setting in the WAP.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 19, 2004 7:45 AM PST
In reply to: It's legit...

You may have to consult its manual...

But I've found it to help.


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Try different software
by BobLap / December 20, 2004 1:47 AM PST

Make sure your landlord didn't change the security settings.

If you configured your WiFi card using the manufacturer's software try using the Windows software instead. I tried using the software supplied with a Netgear USB WiFi adapter and it looked nice, seemed easy to use, seemed to accept the settings but I couldn't get the connection to work. Dumped the Netgear software, used the Windows wizard and was up and running.

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