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WRT54GSv4 - Newbie requires your assistance!...

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by welshchris, Mar 7, 2006.

  1. welshchris

    welshchris Network Guru Member

    .... having some issues with my new router - Here's the info that you may need:

    WRT54GSv4
    Firmware 1.05.3
    (No modifications - straight out of the box).

    I have two PC's connected with ethernet cables, and one machine wireless. The wireless machine runs XP service pack 2, and it's fitted with a Netgear WG311v3 adapter.

    My problem is that the wireless connection keeps dropping, usually after ten minutes or so. The remote machine is around 20 feet from the router, with two brick walls in between. Even when connected, the windows networking shows connection as 36 - 54 mb - 'low'.

    When the connection drops, the remore machine displays all indications of still being connected, i.e. the IP's etc. are displayed in the status screen, but there is no data throughput whatsoever. I can't ping the router from the machine or vice-versa.

    When you click on 'repair' or 'disable' on the remote machine in an attempt to renew the connection, it just hangs - The only solution is to reboot the machine (not the router).

    The two wired PC's work flawlessly, internet is provided by a cable modem.

    Some other info that may/may not be relevant:

    1). I am using wep encryption
    2). Wireless network mode is set to 'G only'
    3). SSID Broadcast in enabled.
    4). There is only one other (unsecured) network in range of my router, showing little or no signal.
    5). DHCP Server is enabled
    6). Router firewall protection - enabled.
    7). Windows firewall off on all machines.

    Other settings:

    Authentication Type : Auto
    Basic Rate : All
    Transmission Rate : Auto
    CTS Protection Mode : Disable
    Frame Burst : Enable (Default : Enable)
    Beacon Interval : 100
    DTIM Interval : 1
    Fragmentation Threshold : 2346
    RTS Threshold : 2347
    AP Isolation : Off
    SecureEasySetup : Enable

    I am a newbie when it comes to networking, and I'm sure I must be missing something obvious, but hopefully someone can assist - I'm gettin really chessed off with the constant dropped wireless connections.

    I tried uninstalling all network adapters in XP and re-booting the machine - XP installed the Netgear adapter and 2 x '1394' connections - can someone explain why there are two? - I am beginning to think that the problem is with the remote machine itself, maybe some old incompatible drivers left on there or something, however I've tried to clear everything out and installed the latest drivers for the Netgear card.

    Help?

    (if you need further info. please ask!)

    Thanks in anticipation.

    Chris
     
  2. Thibor

    Thibor Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    the 2 1394 connections are your firewire ports for starters, you may be getting disconnected due to the walls in between the router and the wireless card. you should really be using WPA2 encryption or maybe WPA, but there is little piece of mind from using WEP. WinXP has always been a little fidgety regarding linksys dhcp servers for some reason. you may find yourself better off using one of the 3rd party firmwares like dd-wrt or hyperwrt
     
  3. welshchris

    welshchris Network Guru Member

    Thanks for the quick answer Carl :)

    1). I'll try repositioning the machine to try and get a more stable connection.

    2). I'll also give the new firmware a bash - which specific download would you recommend for my router? (easy setup would be good! :grin: ) I gather from reading the site that you're involved in writing some of this stuff yourself right?

    Much appreciated

    Chris
     
  4. Thibor

    Thibor Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    1) that might help, yes
    2) i would obviously recommend my own, as being reasonably close to the original sources and adding more features, but dd-wrt is the most popular fw around and is literally packed with goodies. the only reasons i don't use it myself is that i don't need all the extras that it provides. that's why i wrote my own, i get exactly what i want in a router
     

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