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jprca
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Inspiron 9100 w/ 1450 won't work with Netgear WGT634U Wireless Media Router

We have the Inspiron 9100 with the TrueMobile 1450 Mini PCI.  It sees a Linksys 802.11b router fine.  However after installing a Netgear WGT634U Wireless Media Router's  - the SSID does not show up in the site monitor or as an available wireless network.  I have tried disabling WEP on the router as well as a many other options changed on the router (force it to b mode only, g mode only, etc).  No luck.

Is the 1450 compatible with Netgear wireless b/g routers?

Thanks

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johnallg
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Re: Inspiron 9100 w/ 1450 won't work with Netgear WGT634U Wireless Media Router

Start by getting the latest 1450 driver and the latest firmware for the Netgear.
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jprca
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Re: Inspiron 9100 w/ 1450 won't work with Netgear WGT634U Wireless Media Router

Thanks for the response.  Have already upgraded both drivers and firmware.  Any other ideas?
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johnallg
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Re: Inspiron 9100 w/ 1450 won't work with Netgear WGT634U Wireless Media Router

Does the Netgear have the SSID broadcast turned off by chance?
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jprca
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Re: Inspiron 9100 w/ 1450 won't work with Netgear WGT634U Wireless Media Router

No.  It is on by default.  I tried turning it off and then back on to see if that could be the problem but no luck. 
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Dr Bruce
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Re: Inspiron 9100 w/ 1450 won't work with Netgear WGT634U Wireless Media Router

hi,

I have the Inspiron 9100 w/ TrueMobile1300 and a Netgear WGT634U Wireless Media Router and the same problem that you have. Have also the newest drivers - but no way!

Have you allready found a solution?

Thank you!

Best regards,

Bruce

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Tom Turner
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Re: Truemobile 1450 won't work with Netgear WGT634U Router or with Lucent Access Points

I've never had a problem with any other wireless adapter (3com, Intel, NetGear, Linksys) with any of the various APs I've connected to (Cisco, NetGear, Lucent, DLink, Microsoft) until getting one of these mini-PCI NICs in our two Latitude X300s. 

I also just bought a NetGear WGT634U and two hours of testing every combination of channel, speed, SSID (on/off), and the various XP settings, the 1450 simply will not recognize the WGT634U.  It does, however, see my older NetGear MR314 802.11b.

Now, there is another problem, though, making me quite frustrated with the fact I went this route, instead of the Intel B/G mini-PCI, because of the two X300s I am working with, one of them refuses to communicate with our campus DHCP server, while the other one does just fine.  I've just wiped and re-installed XP and am using the recently updated 1450 driver and it just simply will not get an IP, while if I hard-code the IP address, it is fine, so we can only determine there is something wrong with the laptop.  We connect to Lucent APs.

Let's see if Dell keeps this post...

 

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jprca
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Re: Truemobile 1450 won't work with Netgear WGT634U Router or with Lucent Access Points

I did finally get it working (partially) by manually entering the SSID to connect to in the Configuration panel of the TrueMobile Wireless Manager.  That finally got it connected.  However a new problem cropped up.  Now that it is connected - occasionally it will disconnect from the Wireless Router and present a "Wireless connection unavailable" message.  After about 3-4 minutes it will "sometimes" automatically reconnect to the router.

I still can not see the SSID in the wireless networks list until it actually connects. 

I am going to try and change my wireless MIni PCI to the Intel 2200 to see if that fixes the issue.  I too wish I had not chosen the 1450 now ... cost me an extra network card as well as hours of troubleshooting....

 

 

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Tom Turner
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Re: Inspiron 9100 w/ 1450 won't work with Netgear WGT634U Wireless Media Router

So, will Dell actually let us swap the 1450 out for the Intel/Pro 2200?  I e-mailed out campus sales rep, but it usually takes 2-3 days for him to get back to us, meanwhile I'm not sure if Dell only gives us two weeks to return a product or 30 days - someone told me it was no longer 30 days, though.  :-(

I'm actually more miffed by the fact one of these simply will not work properly on campus with our Lucent APs, so add that to the fact the 1450s don't work with the new NetGear routers, this has been a huge waste of my time.

I also don't like that Broadcom offers no driver updates for their wireless products, while at least they offer driver updates for their wired NIC chips/cards, because it doesn't seem like Dell has any interest in getting us the latest fixes on a timely basis.  There could be a fix somewhere in the basement at Broadcom's offices, but who knows when we'd ever get around to seeing it.

 

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jprca
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Re: Inspiron 9100 w/ 1450 won't work with Netgear WGT634U Wireless Media Router

Not sure on if Dell will swap.  I bought the Intel 2200BG mini pci myself.  I am hoping it will work in the 9100 and assume it would since it is offered as an option.  I would have pursued having Dell replace it but no dont have the time to spend on the phone with their support going over what I have done already Smiley Wink

 

 

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