Laptop won't connect to WRT54GS

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by karlb, Jan 22, 2006.

  1. karlb

    karlb Network Guru Member

    I've got an older laptop running Win2000 Pro with a Linksys WPC11 v3 wireless card in it (802.11b). I have a Linksys WRT54GS router, with a PC hardwired to port 1.

    The internet works fine on the hardwired PC (WinXP) but the laptop won't even pick up a signal, even when its next to the PC and router.

    Occasionaly, for about a minute, it will pick up the signal at 100%, but, it says that the connection has WEP enabled, even though the router is set without any security. It puzzles me. I even set the router to have WEP enabled, and set a password, but then the laptop has lost the signal it had. So frustrating! Can anyone shed any light on this? Or am I fighting a losing battle?

    Cheers, Karl
  2. Thibor

    Thibor Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    firstly welcome Karl,
    what version of firmware are you running? if it's an older firmware i'd update to the latest available. try setting your wireless to B-Only and see if it helps, also set Preamble to Short instead of long. updating your wireless driver to the latest available(if any) would help too
  3. karlb

    karlb Network Guru Member

    Firmware on the router is latest version (later than the one available for download on the Linksys website), also, the driver for the laptop's card (WPC11 v.3) is the latest from the Linksys website (v.1.5).

    Wireless is set to B-only. Unsure of what "preamble is" could not find it in any settings.
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