WRT51AB connection problems

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by dark54555, Jan 30, 2005.

  1. dark54555

    dark54555 Network Guru Member

    Suddenly, my t42 and my linksys wrt51ab have decided they don't like each other anymore. I've not had any problems with my Desktop, or any other devices on the network (tivo, xbox). Lemme see if I can diagram the setup:

    Cable Modem
    /\ \/
    WRT51AB - wireless - T42

    Yeah, that's more available ports than I use, but I like having the extra couple ports in the other room (with my desktop) and the misc. is just anything else I need to hook up in the main room (right now, my laptop is on wire off that router).

    Here's what's going on:
    My laptop will most of the time not connect to the wireless. It's been fine since I got it back in October, but all of a sudden, it doesn't like this router. I say that because it connects to the wireless at school just fine, both are 802.11b. Sometimes it won't connect at all, sometimes it will only connect for a minute. Most of the time, it just gets a "limited connection."

    The problem is not the following, as all have been tried/addressed:
    -Drivers (all up to date)
    -needed Linksys firmware update (y'all should know they basically never did anything to support this router)
    -power cycling (i mean, really. suggesting this makes it sound like you think I'm an idiot.)

    I've read a lot of reviews that just seem to repeat: your router sucks. If that's the case, then I guess I just need to upgrade. I've had a lot of suggestions of interference (I'm in an apt. complex, and I can always see 7-12 other networks, and lord knows there are a million wireless phones), but channel changing hasn't done anything for me.

    Any suggestions or ideas are appreciated!
  2. acewilli

    acewilli Network Guru Member

    WRT51AB Problems

    I also have this router and have had no problems with the 802.11a but I do have all kinds of interference with the 802.11b so I stick with the 802.11a. Which do you currently use while experiencing your problems? I do have both enabled but only use the 802.11a. I did notice that if I turn off the "Turbo" mode the range is so much better and no disconnects. If I use the "Turbo" mode I experience frequent disconnects and almost no range. Are you using "Turbo" mode? If so, try turning it off and see if it rids you of the disconnects. (I'm sure you may have tried this already but just in case I had to add it.) I also have the 802.11a set to Channel 44, 5.22GHz with the auto scan enabled. I also have the Advanced Wireless settings all at default with the "Transmission Rate = Best" and the "Transmission Power = Full". That should be default also. Another thing that I do is use the "MAC Address Clone" because I also have numerous disconnects with it not cloned. Oh....just in case you use 802.11b I do have it set to Channel 9 but this should not matter. There are also a few settings that I had to change on my laptop's NIC settings to totally rid myself from disconnects but I will only post those if you think you need them. Just an FYI....I run WinXP on the laptop.

    I know this is long but I hope something in here might help you out.


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