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Problem with lenovo NIC and Tomato?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Danielink, Jun 27, 2008.

  1. Danielink

    Danielink LI Guru Member

    Recently purchase a lenovo Y510 notebook,which has an Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN wireless card. My router is a Linksys WRT54GL, set to use WPA-TKIP, running Tomato 1.15. I wonder if there is an issue between this notebook and my router, or the firmware. If I try to access my network or the Internet using the WPA key, it won't connect. If I disable encryption at my router, or plug in an external USB wireless card into the notebook, I can connect with no problem. Anyone aware of issues between this notebook model and my router and/or Tomato 1.15? :eyebrow:
     
  2. bogderpirat

    bogderpirat Network Guru Member

    did you enable the afterburner? that's what prevented me from connecting with my ipw3945 card.
     
  3. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    i would strongly advise to upgrade the Intel wireless drivers sinc ethe ones from lenovo are known to have issues. my lenovo wireless perfomance increased about 30% with the newest intel drivers.
     
  4. Danielink

    Danielink LI Guru Member

    Afterburner is enabled. Anything else I should check?
     
  5. Danielink

    Danielink LI Guru Member

    Toxic, actually I went to the Intel website, downloaded and installed the latest driver ... didn't seem to help. I even found a newer firmware for the notebook and flashed the BIOS ... also no help. I know that the NIC itself works because I can access my wireless network with no problem as long as I disable encryption at my router. Again, my WRT54GL is running Tomato 1.15.
     
  6. JustinZz

    JustinZz LI Guru Member

    he means disable it
     
  7. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    does the laptop connect using any other wireless encryption?
     
  8. Danielink

    Danielink LI Guru Member

    I haven't tried anything other than WPA-Personal (TKIP), mainly because of the other PCs running wireless that are working fine using that encryption. I don't want to use WEP, but I may try WPA2 (will have to see if my daughter's wireless NIC will support that). BTW, what's the concensus on Afterburner ... Enabled (which it is currently)? Disabled? Will that make a difference?
     
  9. TexasFlood

    TexasFlood Network Guru Member

    I have a Thinkpad but not the Intel wireless NIC, I have the "house brand" one and I'm not sure who makes it. I have no issues with connecting with any encryption I've tried although my best luck overall has been with WPA Personal + AES. I have seen a couple of cases in the past where the algorithms used to generate a key from a passphrase were different with different vendors. This was back with WEP, not sure if this is still an issue today, probably not.

    As for afterburner, mine has always been off. Looks like bogderpirat said having it on prevented him from connecting so looks like you should try it off.
     
  10. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

  11. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa LI Guru Member

    Try using the PROSet utility in place of WZC.
     
  12. tstrike2000

    tstrike2000 Network Guru Member

    Definitely try that. On my laptop, the Intel 2915ABG wireless dropped it's connection a lot when letting Windows manage the wireless. Using the newest wireless drivers and letting the Intel client manage the wireless greatly increased the wireless reliabilty.
     
  13. Danielink

    Danielink LI Guru Member

    OK, thanks for all of the input. I'll turn off Afterburner, and since it looks like my daughter's wireless NIC supports WPA2, I may try that as well. I'll post back later & let you know what happens. :biggrin:
     
  14. TexasFlood

    TexasFlood Network Guru Member

    I use thinkvantage access connections to manage all of my network settings. It's great, lets you switch network / Internet settings by selecting a location profile that stores allof the configuration settings that are needed to connect to a network infrastructure in a specific location. Not sure fi that is supported on your specific laptop but I recommend it if so.
     
  15. Danielink

    Danielink LI Guru Member

    Success!

    Well, I disabled Afterburner, and now it connects up right away :thumbups: . Thanks to everyone again for all the suggestions.
     
  16. 68jimmy

    68jimmy LI Guru Member


    This is the exact same issue that I'm experiencing as well except that my setup is with a Compaq 6910p with the Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AG connecting to a WRT54G, running Tomato 1.19. If I turn off encryption it connects without a hitch but with any encryption enabled it's a no go. I have a mac book and my stepsons dell with xp each connect using WPA2 with AES/TKIP enabled. I have installed the latest driver that I could find from Intel, but still nothing. I have checked to see if Afterburner was enabled as Toxic had suggested, but it is disabled. This laptop used to connect to my router at one time, but after I reloaded windows using the factory discs and even going as far as installing XP SP3 it has been a problem... Any other ideas??? Thanks in advance!!
     
  17. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa LI Guru Member

    Try installing the Microsoft WPS IE update. Don't know if it is rolled into SP3 or not.
     
  18. 68jimmy

    68jimmy LI Guru Member

    it is i checked...

    tx.
     

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