jeffcdo
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Intel Pro/Wireless 2100 mini PCI card with Linksys BEFW11s4 router

I have a new Inspiron 600m laptop, with the Intel 2100 mini PCI card. I use this both at work and at home. My work 802.11b connection performs flawlessly, however on my home network - which uses a Linksys BEFW11S4 router - the wireless connection is dropped after a certain period of time (usually 30 minutes or so). The laptop can still *see* the network but then is unable to connect to it. Only by resetting the router and the modem am I able to once again connect. Has anybody else experienced a similar problem or have any router/laptop configuration advice?

Thanks,
Jeffrey CDO
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Area_51
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Re: Intel Pro/Wireless 2100 mini PCI card with Linksys BEFW11s4 router

I had this problem once. I disabled windows wifi management, let the Intel software manage the wifi connection. See if that helps, also make sure you have the the newest firmware installed on the router.
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jeffcdo
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Re: Intel Pro/Wireless 2100 mini PCI card with Linksys BEFW11s4 router

Any advice on how to go about this?  I'm unclear how to differentiate between Windows management of my Wifi connecion and the Intel software..

Thanks,
Jeffrey CDO

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jeffcdo
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Re: Intel Pro/Wireless 2100 mini PCI card with Linksys BEFW11s4 router

Ah ha!  Thank you Area_51, this really seems to have done the trick.  Here is what I did:

1. Right-click My Computer, and then click Manage
2. In Computer Management, double-click Services and Applications in the
console tree, and then click Services
3. In the details pane, right-click Wireless Zero Configuration, then
click Properties
4. In the Startup type box, click Disabled , and then click OK
5. Quit Computer Management, and then restart the computer
6. After restart, to go Control Panel to access the Intel ProSet configuration area, and configure your wireless connection there

Cheers,
Jeff CDO
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Area_51
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Re: Intel Pro/Wireless 2100 mini PCI card with Linksys BEFW11s4 router

Yeah that works too. I went start|control panel|network connections| right click over the wireless network, select properties, select wireless networks tab, uncheck box next to "Use windows to configure my wireless network".
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jeffcdo
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Re: Intel Pro/Wireless 2100 mini PCI card with Linksys BEFW11s4 router

That is certainly a better way of doing it than I came up with!  Alas it seems this has not fixed my problem either.  While my connection is definitely more stable, it still drops after a period of time, and I'm unable to connect.  After much troubleshooting today I've found that if I simply change the wireless channel on my router, my laptop connection "wakes up" and is enabled again.  It lasts for a while, and then drops.  I'm still stumped.

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Area_51
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Re: Intel Pro/Wireless 2100 mini PCI card with Linksys BEFW11s4 router

I'm going to take a stab in the dark here; is your router version 1? They have a version 1, 2, & 3.
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jeffcdo
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Re: Intel Pro/Wireless 2100 mini PCI card with Linksys BEFW11s4 router

Actually, it's version 4!
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Area_51
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Re: Intel Pro/Wireless 2100 mini PCI card with Linksys BEFW11s4 router

Hmm, well there goes that theory. Do you have any other devices operating on the 2.4ghz band? Like a cordless phone?
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jeffcdo
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Re: Intel Pro/Wireless 2100 mini PCI card with Linksys BEFW11s4 router

Nope.  Nothing that would cause an interference problem that I can think of.
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