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Unread 03-03-2008, 06:19 AM   #1
thenox44@googlemail.com
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Problems with wireless network stability in Dell Inspiron 1100

Hello...

I've got a problem with the stability of the network in my Dell
Inspiron 1100 running the Wireless Card: XCONX 11b/g wireless adapter
on the PCMCIA port being run on the original driver:

Sometimes I can't connect to the netwprk several times (the warning
saying that I have limited access or no access is being displayed),
sometimes I loose connection in the middle of the session, sometimes
I'm in but don't receive any/enough packets, sometimes internet slows
down to an unacceptable values (should be 54mbs) but I'm waiting ages
for the most simple webpage -after refreshing is either the same or
suddenly speeds up.

I'm nearly sure that the problem is down to me hardware as this
happens on two different networks.

Thanks for any help with this really annoying problem.

THE NOX

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Unread 03-03-2008, 08:18 AM   #2
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Re: Problems with wireless network stability in Dell Inspiron 1100 laptop:


<thenox44@googlemail.com> wrote in message
news:ec85689a-bf85-4a78-a443-83d3f80b95e8@h25g2000hsf.googlegroups.com...
> Hello...
>
> I've got a problem with the stability of the network in my Dell
> Inspiron 1100 running the Wireless Card: XCONX 11b/g wireless adapter
> on the PCMCIA port being run on the original driver:
>
> Sometimes I can't connect to the netwprk several times (the warning
> saying that I have limited access or no access is being displayed),
> sometimes I loose connection in the middle of the session, sometimes
> I'm in but don't receive any/enough packets, sometimes internet slows
> down to an unacceptable values (should be 54mbs) but I'm waiting ages
> for the most simple webpage -after refreshing is either the same or
> suddenly speeds up.
>
> I'm nearly sure that the problem is down to me hardware as this
> happens on two different networks.
>
> Thanks for any help with this really annoying problem.
>
> THE NOX
>


Try the card in another machine if possible, if the problem follows the card
its the card thats at fault if its ok then the problem lies with your laptop
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> And on the seventh day God said: "I will rest... Murphy take over."
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 
Unread 03-03-2008, 02:35 PM   #3
Christopher Muto
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Re: Problems with wireless network stability in Dell Inspiron 1100 laptop:

this reply only to the alt.sys.pc-clone group, where it was read.

have you considered the wirelss router/access point to be at fault? you
didn't mention the make/model of the router/access point but most allow you
to upgrade the firmware and that often solves many communication issues.

<thenox44@googlemail.com> wrote in message
news:ec85689a-bf85-4a78-a443-83d3f80b95e8@h25g2000hsf.googlegroups.com...
> Hello...
>
> I've got a problem with the stability of the network in my Dell
> Inspiron 1100 running the Wireless Card: XCONX 11b/g wireless adapter
> on the PCMCIA port being run on the original driver:
>
> Sometimes I can't connect to the netwprk several times (the warning
> saying that I have limited access or no access is being displayed),
> sometimes I loose connection in the middle of the session, sometimes
> I'm in but don't receive any/enough packets, sometimes internet slows
> down to an unacceptable values (should be 54mbs) but I'm waiting ages
> for the most simple webpage -after refreshing is either the same or
> suddenly speeds up.
>
> I'm nearly sure that the problem is down to me hardware as this
> happens on two different networks.
>
> Thanks for any help with this really annoying problem.
>
> THE NOX
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> And on the seventh day God said: "I will rest... Murphy take over."
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


 
Unread 03-03-2008, 02:35 PM   #4
S.Lewis
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Re: Problems with wireless network stability in Dell Inspiron 1100 laptop:


"Christopher Muto" <muto@worldnet.att.net> wrote in message
news:13so07cocgurcf1@corp.supernews.com...
> this reply only to the alt.sys.pc-clone group, where it was read.
>
> have you considered the wirelss router/access point to be at fault? you
> didn't mention the make/model of the router/access point but most allow
> you to upgrade the firmware and that often solves many communication
> issues.
>



The OP might also consider testing the connection with either the adapter
mfr's software managing the connection, and then also trying Windows Zero
Wireless (assuming the OP is running XP) to see if there is/are stability
issues via both wireless managers.

The OP might also wish to go to the adapter mfr's website and get the latest
software driver for it.

And lastly, I'd have a look at what software security softwares are
installed on the laptop (third party firewall/spam/phishing/spyware apps).

The OP doesn't mention if this adapter has been doing this since it was
installed or whether the symptom has just recently developed. That would be
helpful to know.


Stew


 
Unread 11-03-2008, 06:23 AM   #5
Dave Martindale
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Re: Problems with wireless network stability in Dell Inspiron 1100

thenox44@googlemail.com writes:
>Hello...


>I've got a problem with the stability of the network in my Dell
>Inspiron 1100 running the Wireless Card: XCONX 11b/g wireless adapter
>on the PCMCIA port being run on the original driver:


>Sometimes I can't connect to the netwprk several times (the warning
>saying that I have limited access or no access is being displayed),
>sometimes I loose connection in the middle of the session, sometimes
>I'm in but don't receive any/enough packets, sometimes internet slows
>down to an unacceptable values (should be 54mbs) but I'm waiting ages
>for the most simple webpage -after refreshing is either the same or
>suddenly speeds up.


>I'm nearly sure that the problem is down to me hardware as this
>happens on two different networks.


I had some initial problems with wireless stability on a Gateway laptop.
The two things I found contributing to the problem were:

1. Wireless Zero Config (part of XP, on by default). It has a
reputation of dropping perfectly good connections periodically to look
for "better" connections. I disabled it and ran the config utility
provided by the manufacturer of the wireless PCI card. No more
mysterious disconnects.

2. I found that with power saving enabled on the wireless card, web
pages would often "hang", but a "refresh" generally fixed them.
Disabling power saving, so the card's receiver was always on, got rid of
the hangs (which were probably due to dropped packets while the card was
sleeping).

Dave
 
Unread 12-03-2008, 01:32 PM   #6
thenox44@googlemail.com
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Re: Problems with wireless network stability in Dell Inspiron 1100

Hmm: unfortunately that producer doesn't provide the software so it
has to rely on Windows tool :-(
 
Unread 13-03-2008, 09:20 AM   #7
Dave Martindale
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Re: Problems with wireless network stability in Dell Inspiron 1100

thenox44@googlemail.com writes:
>Hmm: unfortunately that producer doesn't provide the software so it
>has to rely on Windows tool :-(


Someone else said that the card claims to be able to do 108 Mbps speed.
That suggests it's based on an Atheros chipset, and the Atheros
reference drivers might work on it.

I have several Atheros-based D-Link cards, and I use Atheros drivers on
all of them in preference to the D-Link drivers.

Dave

 
 

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