WMP54GS drops connection to the Internet

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by ChickenMadras, Oct 8, 2005.

  1. ChickenMadras

    ChickenMadras Network Guru Member


    I have two desktops, both running XP SP2, and both have WMP54GS cards inside. They connect to a WRT54GS router.

    Approximately twice a day, either of the PCs will lose their connection to the Internet. The IP config is still intact and they can see each other on the Wireless Network.

    I have a laptop with a WPC54GS PCMCIA card. This never loses its connection to the Internet.

    Does anyone have any pointers as to what's going wrong with the WMP54GS cards? I've been through all the properties to see if there's a "time out" setting. It does appear that the connection to the Internet drops out if the PC has been inactive.

    Am I looking in the wrong place? Could the problem be with the Router settings?

    Many thanks for any advice.
  2. HiSpeed

    HiSpeed Network Guru Member


    Which WMP54GS version do you have ? (give me the 4 first characters of serial number)
    Which driver version ?
  3. ChickenMadras

    ChickenMadras Network Guru Member

    Thanks for your reply. The serial number is CGN10D781767 and it's running firmware v4.70.6
  4. HiSpeed

    HiSpeed Network Guru Member

    These are the versions of WRT not WMP cards...
  5. ChickenMadras

    ChickenMadras Network Guru Member

    Sorry - got my WRTs and WMPs mixed up! I'll get the card details shortly. Thanks again for your help.
  6. ChickenMadras

    ChickenMadras Network Guru Member

    Hi again,

    The serial number for one of the cards is MGP00DB00397. The box for the other card has long since been thrown away. The driver version for both is
  7. HiSpeed

    HiSpeed Network Guru Member


    I suggest you to update with the Broadcom driver (bcmwl5.sys 2005 july 21st)
  8. ChickenMadras

    ChickenMadras Network Guru Member


    Thanks for your reply - I'll upgrade the driver and let you know how it goes.
  9. Xiolablu3

    Xiolablu3 Network Guru Member

    I think this is noise on the line m8.

    The other day I plugged our phone in the wrong way up (the little square plug on the end of the wire was upside down) and I had this effect. Only found out after a couple of days. I think it was causing noise on the line or some kind of interference..

    It was always connected to the network but it kept loosing browsing the web every so often randomly over 2 days.

    I suggest you check by listening if there are any crackles on the phone, maybe it crackels when someone walks past it or something or a wire is loose and crackles when something gets moved.

    This will cause the effect you are getting.
  10. quadraphonic

    quadraphonic Network Guru Member

    Where can I find the new broadcom driver?
  11. HiSpeed

    HiSpeed Network Guru Member

  12. ChickenMadras

    ChickenMadras Network Guru Member

    Many thanks for posting the location of the fix. I've applied it and will monitor the signal over the next few days.

    All the best,
  13. ChickenMadras

    ChickenMadras Network Guru Member

    The connection to the internet dropped three times today after upgrading the Broadcom stuff.
  14. mrbob1234

    mrbob1234 Guest

    I don't know if this will help you

    but I have a WRT54G and my problem was similiar to yours.

    I tried everything until I came across a forum that said to disable my UPNP. You will find this in your router settings (

    After I disabled this feature which many say that you should anyway for security reasons it has worked ever since. It took me 3 weeks to get this problem solved. Do all the other stuff first like upgrading to the latest firmware etc. etc.......

    Hope this helps........
  15. ChickenMadras

    ChickenMadras Network Guru Member

    Thanks MrBob1234 - I've disabled UPNP and will let you know how it goes.

    All the best,
  16. ChickenMadras

    ChickenMadras Network Guru Member


    After disabling UPNP and upgrading the Broadcom driver, the connection still dropped out after about an hour, however at the weekend I tried to upgrade the firmware in my WRE54G (which now is fubar!). Whilst trying to unsuccessfully mend the WRE54G, I uninstalled the NIC on one PC and let Windows find it after a reboot. The connection from this PC to the Internet has been solid for the last 36 hours.

    This may all be coincidence, but so long as it means a quiet life for me, I'm happy!

    Thanks to everyone for their suggestions and comments,

    All the best,
  17. mass_konfuzion

    mass_konfuzion Network Guru Member

    I have a WUSB54Gv4, but I'm going to try the UPnP thing because I'm having the same connectivity problems. I can't even use the Linksys Network Monitor because it crashes when Windows shuts down, and then causes all kinds of havoc when Windows starts back up (if the adapter's still plugged in)
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