WRT54g and Intel 2200BG issues

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by jmahone, Mar 8, 2008.

  1. jmahone

    jmahone LI Guru Member

    Okay, so I have had a lot of problems keeping my wireless network happy, and the basic question is this: Has anyone seen connection issues between their WRT54g and Intel 2200BG wireless adapters?

    Router: WRT54g running v1.00.9, May. 12, 2006
    Running in G mode only
    Desktop: hardwired
    3 Laptops:
    1st laptop: Dell i9200, Win XP SP2 fully patched, 2200BG wireless adapter
    2nd laptop: Dell i6000, Win XP SP2 fully patched, 2000BG wireless adapter
    3rd laptop: Sony Vaio something, Win XP (Home) SP2 fully patched,
    Linksys wireless adapter
    Game adapter: Linksys game adapter (G) connected to a DirecTV HD DVR
    Apple adapter: Apple Airport Express adapter connected to A/V system
    Other adapters: I also run VMworkstation on my laptop #1 above, so there are VM virtual adapters running as well. Problem precedes my adding VMware, so I doubt that is an issue.

    I seem to go through long periods of having a problem, then much shorter periods of not having the problem. The problem appears to be, or at least the symptom is, that my 2200BG on laptop 1 loses the default gateway IP address. This happens regardless of the client I use to administer the adapter (WinZero or Intel client). To fix, I generally can either repair through the client or renew using ipconfig. Sometimes, that doesn't fix it, but rarely.

    Anyone else have problems with 2200BG losing default gateway IP address fairly often? I cannot seem to find a reliable, decent Intel wireless forum to discuss this, and much of my equipment is Linksys, so...

  2. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    I take it you are using the latest Intel Drivers?
  3. jmahone

    jmahone LI Guru Member

    Yes, I updated my 2200 drivers. Currently, I am at, which is dated 2/8/07.

    After I updated it within the last month, it seemed like the problem had been less frequent, but still present. In the last few days, it seems like it is happening more often.

    My suspicion is that it is the 2200, since it has been widely reported as a terrible adapter (or at least, the drivers have been poor). However, I wondered if there were reports of folks with the WRT54G/2200 combination who have fixed and or worked around the problem. I figured it was a reasonable shot since both pieces of equipment are so prevalent.

  4. mstombs

    mstombs Network Guru Member

    The Intel 2200BG in my dell laptop is super-sensitive, only used for occasional use with my wrt54gsv1.1 but I recently had to roll back to drivers 26/06/2006, because the latest version did not connect somewhere I remembered the old one did. I didn't notice it as a default gateway issue, I suspect an encryption/authorization compatibility issue.

    Make sure the driver is not set to roam, and to only use your preferred connection.
  5. jmahone

    jmahone LI Guru Member

    Interesting. I'll take a look at the roaming and such. What is weird is that I easily make connection, then can go a very long time (day or two), then I'll walk up to my laptop and find that I have lost the connection. The default gateway is blank when I check with ipconfig. I renew, and usually, this fixes it. Other times, it will drop this way 6 times in 3 hours or less, as an example. Seems random.

    I'm using WEP (I know, I know...), and frankly, just haven't upgraded the encryption because I guess I'm worried my connection issues will worsen.

    I haven't upgraded my WRT54g v6 firmware, so I don't know if that will help. My wife has on rare occasion had the same problem with me (she has laptop #2 - Dell i6000 with same 2200bg adapter), but much, much more infrequently than me.

    Okay, I went ahead and changed the configuration to only automatically connect to my home preferred network. We'll see if that makes a difference.

  6. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

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