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Old 07-24-04, 05:10 PM
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Need wireless network help badly...

So I wanted to set up a wireless net work for a friend. She has the family PC downstairs running Windows 98SE and her PC is upstairs running Windows XP.

I installed a Netgear router on the Win98 computer, and a wireless USB adaptor. It connects to the internet fine, via the router, and I am using it now to type this message.

The computer upstairs has a WG311 Netgear wireless card, and it can't find a connection. In the available networks section I can see an available connection listed, but when I choose connect, it says validate settings, and the connection never turns green, just stays red.

I tried entering in the MAC address of the wireless card into the router config, but that didn't seem to help.

I tried Netgear tech support but they don't even speak english.

Anyone have any ideas?
Old 07-25-04, 03:58 PM
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Old 07-25-04, 04:01 PM
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Do you have any of the security enabled on the router? If so, the first thing I'd try is disabling everything to see if a connection can be made. If it can, then you know it's a setting. I also might try swapping both adaptors into the other system to see if the opposite one works/doesn't work.
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The vertical distance might be cripping you - you may not be getting signal up there. The (unfortunate) solution would be to buy a repeater or bridge.

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Old 07-26-04, 02:49 PM
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I got both connected now, but the speed seems to suffer. Is that because of the shared connection?

It says signal strength excellent 54mbps....is that good?
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The signal strength goes as low as 36mbps...and very good to excellent.

I ran a speed test and according to DSL Reports, the speed is fine. A test on PCPitstop.com says slow internet performance, though. I have noticed it seems to be sluggish on some pages, but normal on others.

Any idea how to make it better? Maybe move the tower around to get a better connection?

EDIT: PCPitstop says 528 down, 49 up.....DSL Reports says 1213 down, 132 up.
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1.) Use TCP/IP Optimizer ( I don't recommend any of the other patches on that page)

--Next two will help your internet browsing speed--

2.) Clear Internet Explorer cache, remove all the tmp and junk files you can find on your PC

3.) Run Defrag


I bought Diskeeper for myself and running it everyday makes an huge difference on how fast my computer surfs on the web amoung other things. Also a big Internet Explorer cache will slow things down as well, at least thats what I've seen.

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