Wazoo Posted March 11, 2007 Share Posted March 11, 2007 Been feeling a bit stupid for the last day or so .... system dropped off, unbelievably hosed. Belkin wireless card installed to the desktop .. 'working just fine' when it was unplugged. (previous conversation last week with the owner is that the wireless router there is wide open and all that 'tech talk' is simply over her head as far as securing it) .... However, editing the security bits on this systen and my wireless router/access point basically left me with the distinct impression that the car was btoken .. it'd pass all the diagnostics provided by Belkin, but ... wouldn't change the "no signal seen" status. Gave up trying to save what was there, re-installed Win-98SE to a new directory. New download amd install of current drivers for the wireless card ... no change. So shoved in a wired card, set it up, marched from there. Used computer wthout the original package of CDs, so calledd over and asked what the prime mission was, so as to take a stab at throwinf on the (free) alternative stuff. Conversation then went to the recently restored XP machine, so started some dialog on trying to figure out how it had gotten jacked up already (ZoneAlarm, AVG, Ad-Aware, SpyBot, Microsoft's Defneder/Malware remover, etc ... and in a week it's 'back to running slow' .... (background story, it's the daughter's computer that this post started about, so while it's here being repaired, daughter has been using Mom's computer ... geeze ....) Anyway, the issue here is that during this phone conversation, the damned Belkin card all of a sudden started showing signs of life ... i.e., the big red dot started flickering with a bit of yellow ... tooltip complained of 'low signal' ... Now this is after three days of powered-up operation .... the comparison data being having a laptop with a Belkin wireless card installed showing me three wireless networks in the area, but this desktop sitting in the same room saying "no signal seen" .... strangest part of the current 'working' mode .... it sees two other wireless networks available, one WEP, one non-encrypted (both named Linksys <g> ..... different power levels, so not sure if these are in different homes or if it's just seeing both the router and the associated computer??) ... the issue is that there is no evidence of 'my' network .. again, the various laptops here in the same room have no issue, Mom's laptop (also a Belkin PCMCIA card) a few hundred feet down the street have no problem with seeing all three networks. The desktop in question simply won't 'see' my router/access point sitting maybe three feet away ...???? OK doing other thngs, installing more software, updates, etc. via the wired network card ... caught up with that, so started trying to work with the wireless connection. Here we go ...??? Belkin 802.11g Network Adapter Auto IP Address: 192.168.1.103/24 Gateway: 192.168.1.1 Dhcp Server: 192.168.1.1 Linksys LNE100TX Fast Ethernet Adapter primary Auto IP Address: 192.168.1.104/24 Gateway: 192.168.1.1 Dhcp Server: 192.168.1.1 Nothing too extraordinary there at first glance. However, ...... systems powered up at present .... assantehub Assante Hub 192.168.1.1 192.168.1.1 NR401 router 192.168.1.2 192.168.1.2 BEFSR41 router msi6378 192.168.1.100 HomeBase ester 192.168.1.102 Dell boneyard 192.168.1.103 Antique AshGate 192.168.1.104 Ashley's box michele 192.168.1.105 GateHP (?) Barb 192.168.1.106 Barb's HP Ken 192.168.1.107 Ken's box Tim 192.168.1.108 Tom's box Eileen 192.168.1.109 Eileen's box nocase 192.168.1.110 Skeleton 192.168.1.175 192.168.1.175 DI-704P D-Link router/print server wazoo1 192.168.1.201 AirPort BaseStation e2m7w0 192.168.1.202 WinBookXL computer 192.168.1.204 Mom's Laptop macg3500 192.168.1.205 iBook cablemodem 192.168.100.1 Cable Modem Note the 192.168.1.104 tied to Ashley's box .... the wired card Note that the 192.168.1.103 address is actually assigned to another wired system. The wireless card in Ashley's box is supposed to connect to my wireless router, nicely fitting into the scheme of things at 192.168.1.203 ..... However, near as I can figure, it is grabbing its DHCP data from one of the other wireless network routers .... thus leaving my network with two systems setting at 192.168.1.103. Noting that the gateway IP addresses are the same, so will assume that it would end up using 'mine' .. but this is also a question, I suppose. MAC address of the card in question plugged into the 'allowed' table on my router .... password (keys) all in place. I 'forced' the IP address of 192.168.1.203 into the Win-98 configuration .. did the re-boot .. no change .. scan still showed the other networks, no evidence that mine existed. Reassigned it to an address out of the DHCP range of my router, added this address to the firewall rules to let if through .. re-booted ... no change ... scan shows everybody but my network .... I have found myself going in circles at this point. DHCP and even connecting to my network is a ways off, seeing as how it's not even showing up in the 'scan' screen .... ????? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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