Wireless Networking

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by Ouchie, Nov 3, 2005.

  1. Ouchie

    Ouchie Network Guru Member

    I have just had Telewest Blueyonder Broadband installed with a wireless networking option. The Telewest modem is a Motorola and I have installed a Linksys WRT54G Cable wireless router. The installation of the broadband and router on my wireless enabled Desk Top proceeded very smoothly and was quickly operational. I next set-up my IBM Thinkpad laptop and this quickly identified the network, and connected with Blueyonder. Both these PCs are running Windows XP Pro.
    I then tried to configure my older SONY VAIO laptop which is running Win 98SE and has a D-Link DWL650+ wireless card which has been correctly installed with the necessary Win 98 drivers. The laptop correctly recognises the network and reports a good link and network power level. However when I try to open Internet Explorer I get Server not found message. Unlike Win XP there is no Network Wizard and I am at a loss to know what to do next!
  2. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    Are you using any kind of encryption? Does the D-Link allow you to use both hexidecimal and ASCII keys. If so specify hexidecimal keys only, make certain you are specifying the same key length with WEP. If you are trying to use WPA, there is no native support for WPA in Windows 98SE unless you can install Funk Odyssea or some other software. If you have MAC address filtering enable, make certin that the MAC address of the D-LINK is in the list of PC allowed to access the router wirelessly. Try disabling encryption as a test for a short time and see if the D-Link can connect. The DWL-650 is a discontinued 802.11B device,which supported 256bit WEP which the WRT54G does not/ The WRT54G only supports up tp 128bit WEP. Also enable CTS protection for 802.11B.
  3. Ouchie

    Ouchie Network Guru Member

    Many thanks for your very rapid response. I am using a 128bit encryption in HEX with the router which was accepted by the D-Link card. WEP is enabled but MAC filtering is not being used. The D-Link card is the enhanced version DWL-650+.
    The card appears to be receiving a signal from the router as it correctly scans for the network name. The Task Bar icon is active and the Link Information Box shows Connection Signal Strength 70 and Link Quality 90, TX Rate 11Mbps and Channel 9.
    When trying to open Internet Explorer I get a series of messages in the bottom bar which are almost too fast to read but are : Detecting Proxy Setting: Connecting to Blueyonder:Windows System SDOCLC.DLL dns error htm.
    Then I get the usual Unable to Open screen on IE.
    I do not have an ethernet port on this laptop so cannot use a cable connection from the Linksys router.
  4. Ouchie

    Ouchie Network Guru Member

    Success!! It seems that trying to create a wireless network connection using the Windows program is not a good idea as it constantly fails to find the IP address. I used the D-Link's Cardbus adapter program and obtained instant success and connectivity.
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