Wireless PC - Not Staying Connected

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Bill_S, Feb 1, 2008.

  1. Bill_S

    Bill_S Network Guru Member

    On one of my PC’s I have installed a WMP54GX4 Wireless NIC. The PC is in a location that cannot be reached by cable so it needs to use my wireless network.

    The problem I am having is related to its ability to stay on the network when a user signs off, but does not power off.

    I run a backup program at night so the PC is left on but for security reasons, the users are signed off. The backup program runs as a Windows XP service so it can run without a user being signed on. The problem is Linksys drivers do not seem to run as a service, so when a user signs off, the network is disconnected. The backup stores data on a network drive and since the drivers disconnect the network, the drive is not recognized and the backup fails.

    Can someone tell me if and how I can setup the WMP54GX4 drivers to run as a service so that the PC can be on the network even if someone is not signed on, it would be this way if the PC were “hard wired†to the network using a NIC.

    According to Linksys Tech. Support the only way the PC will stay connected is if a user with administrative rights is signed on. I thought that someone might know a way to keep it connected?

  2. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    Are you using Windows own Wireless Zero Configuration (WZC) service or Linksys own client software to manage your wireless connection?
  3. Bill_S

    Bill_S Network Guru Member

    I found that using the Linksys client software caused crashes on my system. When I discussed that issue with tech support they said using the Windows client was better, so thats what I did.
  4. noxela

    noxela LI Guru Member

    Here is a common procedure that may cure the disconnect issue:

    1. Ensure that the router has the latest firmware. If not, download the firmware for YOUR VERSION of the WRT54G. There are many "versions" of this router and you must use the firmware update made just for YOUR VERSION. When you are sure you have the right firmware update:
    a) Press the reset button on the router to ensure that it it reverts to all original settings;
    b) Install the firmware via a cable connection to the PC, and NEVER using a wireless connection;
    c) After installing the firmware, use the reset button again to make sure that the router LOADS the new firmware fully. Hold the reset button in for about 30 seconds with power on each time the reset is done.

    2.Configure the router for your settings as needed for your situtaion AND THEN:
    a) Ensure that the logging function within the router is turned OFF. If there is more than one log that can be ON, turn them all OFF. One report has noted that the router's logs when they reach a certain limit can cause a disconnect (this is presumably a bug).

    3. Set the router to Channel 11, which is one of three channels (1, 6, 11) the router can use that co-exist best with other signals.

    It's important with my WRT54G that the reset is done before and after each firmware upgrade, and that settings NOT be restored using a config file saved via the WRT54G's Web-based setup. Reconfigure settings from scratch after each firmware upgrade, and then save the config from withion the Web utility.
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