System: Inspiron 5100, 2.4GHz, 60GB, 64-meg ATI 7500, Dell 1300 wireless card, D-Link Dl-714P+ as base router, TrueMobile 2300 on repeater mode (wireless bridge).
It has been a long road so far. The object of the exercise was to allow my daughter to use the internet in her room, at the far end of the house from the basement room in which are networked 3 computers (other than the Dell). First, I started with the 2300 alone. Eventually, after using the suggestions from these boards, I was able to get a stable signal (disable bluetooth, disable powersave, limit transmission speed to 2 MB). Unfortunately, the signal was weakest in my daughter's room and the internet connection was unuseable.
I purchased a D-link range extender (DSL-800AP+). That extended the range of the wireless signal but did not allow internet connection.
I am now trying the D-link DI-714P+. After a few unsuccessful iterations, I settled on the following. (Fortunately, it is possible to reset the 2300. If you can't reset it after a faulty configuration, you may not be able to regain access to the internet utility. The pin-hole at the back of my 2300 works). I use the 2300 default settings for the IP range in the D-link. I set the 2300 to Access Point mode, enabled wireless bridge, entered the MAC address of the D-link (tired both WAN and LAN MAC addresses). Channel 6 is used.
The wireless signal is strong in my daughter's room, from which I conclude that the 2300 is successful in extending the wireless signal. But there is no internet connection. Having said that, there must be an internet connection of sorts as I can gain access to the 192.168.2.1 utility for the 2300 on the Inspiron. So, a strong signal and the ability to connect to the utility but no ability to connect to the internet.
I may be wrong, but it seems that success may be only a few settings away. Then again, maybe I'm deluding myself. Any suggestions?
I give up. I will be returning the machine and the router. I recognize that Dell will require that I speak with some nameless technician in India. I have done that, with no success. They promised to phone me at home but did not. The customer support persons sympathized but told me that I had to first log a report with the nameless ones.
Enough is enough. The Sale of Goods Act of my jurisdiction provides that goods must be of merchantable quality and fit for the purpose for which they were purchased. This product is neither. While Dell policies may stipulate that ridiculous procedures must be followed, I prefer to take the legal route and cancel the sale. Simple as that.
The Dell business model is fine if the technology is relatively stable. Wireless is not. The Dell business model may also be fine if the technology is not overly complex. Wireless networking is. Consumers have been sold a bill of goods. I simply do not have the time any more to devote to the arcana of wireless networking.
I just configured a 2300 as a repeater to extend the field from the basement throughout the house. It worked well following the points made in the following link:
Some important points are to make sure that the repeater is put into the access point mode. This requires a seperate submit step. Some of the problems I have heard about seem to be related to this little step.
The order that worked for me was to set the gateway (hooked directly to DSL line) to bridge with the repeaters MAC address. Then configured the repeater as an access port, Bridge and gave it the gateways MAC address.
It works extremely well. I am on the system now with over a 90% signal strength at nearly full speed where I used to not beable to hold a connection at all.
PS. Dell was not very helpful in this effort. I tried to get support directly with little success. They should also let people know that the bridge option is actually the more commonly known repeater function. It would make searches much more effective for this feature.
Spent about four hours tonight trying to set up the 2300 as a "wireless" bridge ... or repeater. A few lessons learned:
Well, an update may be of help to some. I eventually bought another truemobile, as opposed to another brand name, to act as a repeater. It now works, and some comments are in order:
1. One of the points to remember is that the gateway's MAC address is entered into the repeater and the repeater's MAC address is entered into the gateway. The repeater is set to access point.
2. The thread above actually contains the answer but I did not read the instructions literally enough.
3. My XP computer drops its connection, often, on logon. This is almost always corrected by going to dos, entering cmd, entering ipconfig/release (wait 2 seconds) and entering ipconfig/renew (wait 2 seconds).
4. For a Windows 98 computer, the above commands are "command" in dos, typing in "winipcfg" and then a screen appears. Punch the "release" button and then punch the "renew" button.
5. It would actually be quite useful to write a batch file or some script to do the above, but that is another learning curve. The above procedures, as I understand it, allow the dynamic addressing system to work when something has become unstuck.
6. A glutton for punishment, I moved my daughter's desktop to her room, bought a wireless network card and was not at all surprised when there was no connection. The technician for D-Link, who was not based in India and could be reached during regular hours and even into the evening, told me that I had a defective card and that I should return it. Wrong.
7. The problem was a corrupt registry. Yes, I know, it just seems to get worse all the time. To correct that problem, I found a thread in "Tek-Tips" (581-177979) entitled "Can pin network connections but cannot access internet". It is long thread but it contains instructions for modifying the registry to allow internet connection.
8. A useful dos command in windows 98 is "scanreg". It backs up your registry for the 4 or 5 preceding days. So if you install some software that corrupts the registry, you can re-establish a prior version that worked.
Sorry if this is disjointed.