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Wireless connection with Level One wireless router

by limck99 / October 1, 2009 9:29 AM PDT

I recently purchased a Level One wireless router model WBR-3408. It is connected via cable to 2 desktops, running on XP Pro and Vista Home Premium. No problems with either since Day 1.
I also connect wireless to a laptop running XP Home. Initially there were no problems, but lately it could not detect the network (SSID broadcasting enabled all the time). After tinkering around, I realised that everytime it cannot detect the network, all I have to do is to open the setup of the router using one of the desktops, login to the wirelsss settings page and just save the settings (without changing a single setting!) and everything will be OK for a day or two. Then I have to repeat the whole process of logging in again to router setup.
I'm quite a newbie to networking, so there could be a simple fix to this problem that I'm not aware of. I have read the manual, but I can't see a solution to this quirk in it. I know this is not life-and-death, but it is irritating.

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Tried Resetting?
by sunwatcher / October 1, 2009 12:45 PM PDT

Does rebooting the laptop fix the issue too, or only just saving settings on the router?

You could try to do a complete reset to default settings (small button on rear) to clear the problem (after first saving your configuration settings to file).

There are some firmware updates that might apply to your router here, but try any other suggestions that might come along first.

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Still not working
by limck99 / October 4, 2009 2:30 AM PDT
In reply to: Tried Resetting?

Thanx for the suggestions. Have tried everything except doing firmware updates, but still no success. I'm reluctant to do the firmware updates, in case it somehow affects my perfectly behaving LAN.
Any other suggestions much appreciated, otherwise I have to put up with the irritating extra step of switching on my PC and saving the settings just so my laptop can go online.

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DHCP Issue?
by sunwatcher / October 4, 2009 4:44 AM PDT
In reply to: Still not working

It could be an issue with your laptop getting DHCP settings over wireless from the router. You might try setting your laptop for a static IP that's outside of the router's DHCP range (while remaining on the same subnet that is). Even converting to static IPs for your entire LAN might be worth a shot if you feel comfortable with doing that.

Firmware updates can be tricky and could render your router useless if not carefully done, but sometimes necessary to fix glitches. I couldn't find the release notes for the firmware updates on the Level1 site, so it's anyone's guess if that would even help your situation.

Otherwise, my only other suggestion is to try a different wireless router.

Hope you can get it figured out.

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