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How does built-in adapter become "disconnected"?

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by riprap, Mar 13, 2005.

  1. riprap

    riprap Network Guru Member

    I've got a small home wireless network--1 desktop + 2 laptops (all running winXP Pro); router = WRT54G. It's been working excellent for 6 months--until a couple of days ago when the laptops lost all connection to inet & wireless network. My immediate question is: One of the laptops is an Averatec w/ a Broadcom built-in adapter. When I run ipconfig /all on that unit, the adapter is showing up as "Media disconnected". How does a built-in unit end up being 'disconnected'?
    Thanks for your time!
    terry b.
  2. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    Media disconnected means you do not have a wrireless connectio, not that the device is disconnected.
  3. Disman_ca

    Disman_ca Super Moderator Staff Member Member

  4. riprap

    riprap Network Guru Member

    re: "media disconnected"

    Hello, Howard
    Thanks for that clarification....Got a question for you: In your opinion as a networking nut, would a novice-networker like myself be biting off way more than chewable, if I decided that going along w/ the Windows' native WAN configuration (i.e., their Network SetUp Wizard, etc) has been less-than-reliable, and I tried to find the necessary tutorials, etc. to totally-manually-configure my home WAN? I think I'd like to try it, but it seems like every place I go (e.g., practicallynetworked.com), when I try to find the nitty-grit nuts-&-bolts info on setting up the network myself, all I see are screenshots of Window's various wizards and auto-configuration devices, and I have seen very little on manually-configuring from start to end.....
    Can you recommend a site that's got the plain-language version of setting up your own network, (and try to get away from 'Let Windows Determine Your Settings Automatically', etc) ???
    Thanks again for your time [:))
    terry b.
  5. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    On a different note, I run 7 computers in my house, 6 of which are wireless, with all of them mostly on auto settings (or as is when Windows first installed) but I haven't used XP's built in wizard. The only change I made was to change the setting to Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP in WINS, and apart from a few disconnections when my neighbour switches on his wireless network, the connection has been flawless for the past 172 days (since my last hard reset anyway).
  6. t4thfavor

    t4thfavor Network Guru Member

    use the windows wireless zero configuration software the MSHOME workgroup

    ad the WRT54G dhcp server/gateway and you shouldnt have to mess with it for a long time.....

    thats what i do (mostly) and i never touch my router

    all i do when i move it is unplug it walk to where i want it to be and plug it back in then it automagically works...

    i do use sveasoft satori firmware though.

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