Yes, WEP is enabled and working now on my system but like you, I did have problems with that before I upgraded my firmware and made the other changes.
I think the way I set it up was to go into the Advanced properties of the wireless network connection settings on the laptop and checked off the box for obtaining a WEP key automatically at the bottom and then putting in the password that I used to generate the WEP key in the router settings.
I'll double check that's how I have it set up and get back to you.
Go to Control Panel, System, Hardware Tab, Device Manager, Network Adapters, Intel ProWireless, and right-click for Properties. Now select the Advanced Tab, choose Power Management, disable Default and move the slider to Highest.
Let me know if that solves your problem, as it did for my netgear 618v2 router.
Yes, I just received the 600m with integrated mini PCi wireless card.
After xp configuration, the ping loss was 25%-75%, practically useless.
So, after turning off XP's default wireless management tool, and
using Intel ProSet to set up, right click Intel Proset from Control Panel
on Adapter tab, set Power Management to Manual
set Transmission Power to 100%
It works like a charm.
After reading through this forum and trying out all suggestions.. I finally have a Network connection that does not break .. Thanks for those posts and here is my experience ..
NOTE TO DELL : Can you please change whatever is necessary while building the system to avoid customer dissatisfaction with Dell/Intel/Linksys/NetGear/Dlink .. so many others..
I got my 600 M 3 days back. with Intel Pro 2100 A Mini PCI Card built-in..
I bought a NetGear MR814 V2.. for $ 59 (after $20 rebate) @ Circuit City.
Connection went down
1. After 20-30 seconds (the network adapter, battery to perfromance balance was near highest battery, so got lowest performence !!).
2. After every 4-5 minutes, connection would go down for a couple of seconds(sometimes more!).. this took 1 full day to fix !! These are the things i did in that orer at the end of which it is working fine..
- went to Netgear website and made sure I have the latest firmware
- opened adapter properties "Wireless Networks" tab and unchecked, use windows to configure .. blah..blah - i don't know how this helps..
- Opened Control Panel -> Network Connections -> wireless network Properties ->
"Wireless Networks" tab and unchecked "Use windows to configure my wireless network".
- Opened Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Services and disabled - " Windows Services manager and disabled "Windows Zero Configuration", apparently Intel Pro has its own Windows Zero config service .. - I THINK THIS IS WHAT DID THE TRICK..
- Instead of DHCP on my laptop, specified 192.168.0.3 as IP and 192.168.0.1 for default gateway the Netgear router.. (these are Netgear defaults). - Again I don't know how this helps..
There were other things in the forum from increasing "preamble length" on the router (my Netgear does not have this), decreasing data rate to 1 Mbps (again didn't find this on my NetGear) to getting another card, but I didn't have to do anything more..
After spending so much time, I just wanted to put this down for someone to use.. If you still have trouble write to me at email@example.com, I can try to help for similar configuration.
For all the trouble, blame Microsoft XP its not your router, it is not Intels mini PCI / Centrino
Thanks for posting your solution, that is wonderful advice.
However, I don't use Intel's net config utility, I use windows instead and it works fine too, as long as its just one service that is configuring the card its fine.
Message Edited by Technole on 07-13-2003 02:22 PM
I have seen a variety of solutions, most of which didn't seem to clear up the problem. I originally added a WAP 11 to my BEFSR41 and only had the 600m on wireless so I couldn't be sure where the problem was. I then added the second wireless system and had the same problems with it. I then replaced those units with the Linksys BEFW11S4 Version 4 and the problems got even worse it would work for maybe thirty minutes and then lock up. I called LinkSys tech support and got an honest tech. He told me I shouldn't fool around with it anymore but instead should just call customer service for an RMA and specify that I wanted a version 2 model. He told me that they had been having major problems with the version 4 and some problems with the 3.8. I followed his instructions, got my version 2 last week ( which by the way is a nicer unit than the version 4, more connections, more indicator lights) and it has performed flawlessly. I have had ZERO problems with my wireless connections. My advice, don' t buy the version 4 yet (Linksys is good I'm sure they'll get the bugs worked out) and if you have one get it replaced with a version 2. Hope this helps.
Dell 600m, 1.3GHz, 40GB HDD, DVD/CD-RW, 32MB Grapics, Intel 2100, Win XP Pro. Other systems on the network are an old iMac 400MHz G3, 10GB, 1GB RAM, OS 10.2, Compaq Presario 5000, 1.05 GHz AMD Duron with 768MB RAM, 32MB ATI Radeon 7500, 30GB HDD, Win XP Pro, and a generic system with parts from many systems