Temporarily bypassing WMP54GS Wireless G PCI card

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by dg27, Aug 29, 2006.

  1. dg27

    dg27 LI Guru Member

    I have two desktops, both Dell Dimension 8400, WinXP SP2. #1 is hard-wired to a WRT54GS router. #2 has a WMP54GS wireless PCI card. I recently added the Linksys antenna kits to both the rouiter and the card, which improved the wireless performance considerably.

    I run EMC Dantz Retrospect 7.5 backup software once a week to back up my systems. However, I have been experiencing difficulties running the software on the wireless machine--it keeps stalling. It has been suggested that I try connecting the wireless machine [temporarily] via an ethernet cable directly to the router, as a dropped connection may be the cause of the problem.

    If I connect via ethernet, will this undo or otherwise mess up my wireless settings? Or, as has been suggested, will the ethernet cable simply bypass the PCI card? I'm hoping that I can connect via ethernet, run the backup, then disconnect the ethernet and resume running as a wireless.

    I really don't want to have to reconfigure my wireless machine.:sad:

    If anyone can advise I'd appreciate it.

  2. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    before trying ethernet try tweaking the Advanced Wireless settings one the WRT54GS this may help.

    "RTS Threshold" to 2304
    "Fragmentation Threshold" to 2304
    "Beacon Interval" to 50
  3. dg27

    dg27 LI Guru Member

    I'll try that--I don't know what those values are set to right now w/o checking tonite. Might these tweaks improve overall wireless performance and decrease the possibilities of dropped connections?

  4. RSL_Fan

    RSL_Fan Network Guru Member

    I have often switched between wired and wireless. I will disable the wireless connection and enable the wired connection. When I am finished with the wired connection, I will disable that and then enable the wireless card, everything connects to the network and I'm off and running again in a matter of seconds.
  5. dg27

    dg27 LI Guru Member


    Thanks for your reply.

    Do you disable wireless and enable wired in XP Device Manager or in the Windows Networks Connections window? I'd rather do that than mess the advanced wireless settings on the router interface.

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