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Hardware Error when pinging router?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by moerl, Mar 23, 2006.

  1. moerl

    moerl Network Guru Member

    I'm on quite an adventure here.. just check out the second half or so of this thread and the related one here.

    Whereas at first the problem seemed to be with the router, I am now, after flashing to Thibor 14, convinced that it is my system. I just don't know how this happened or why it's occurring.. but when I unplug my ethernet cable to test the wireless link and then ping the router using command prompt, I just get this:

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    Seconds after plugging the ethernet back in and repeating the same exact command, everything works fine! I get a reply and all. The strange thing about all this is here...

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    All of these are for the wireless connection. Windows is telling me everything is fine, essentially! But why on earh does my wireless connection not work? I just don't get it.

    I've changed the channel on which the router broadcasts the wireless signal to "2". Do wireless NICs automatically switch to the correct channel when they find a connection? This shouldn't even matter though, because as you can see, I HAVE a standing connection.
     
  2. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    try reconnecting the wireless connection without the LAN cable in place
     
  3. moerl

    moerl Network Guru Member

    Just tried that. I just never get past ACQUIRING NETWORK ADDRESS. Well, unless acquiring a network address is supposed to take hours... :(
     
  4. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    ok try uninstalling and the reinstall the wireless drivers. dont use the lan cable at all. this will add false DHCP info to you computer as it is trying to access the net via the lan adapter all the time.

    make sure first of all the WRT has no encryption or mac filtering in place to start with.
     
  5. moerl

    moerl Network Guru Member

    I tried a million things. Finally I loaded a fresh disk drive image onto the system, with just about nothing installed. It was so fresh I didn't even have display drivers, audio drivers or anything installed. That way I wanted to make sure I'm dumping all sorts of factors out of the problem equation.. like registry tweaks, conflicting software installations, driver corruption..

    And guess what, it worked! Wireless works again, but I still cannot connect to my own router. I use WPA encryption on my router, with Thibor 14 as I said, and the router is working flawlessly. I prefer to use Intel's wireless manager, called Intel ProSet wireless manager, and with that I cannot connect to my router because it uses Intel Smart Wireless and the network setup (EOUWiz.exe) wizard of this Intel utility simply won't take my Linksys router's Ownership ID and Device ID. I don't get it! I love how Intel and Linksys wanted to make connecting to wireless networks easier.. but in my case they made it entirely impossible. The only way I can connect to my own router, (and I have not tried this yet since loading the new disk image), is to use Windows' native wireless manager.
     

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