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February 23rd, 2013
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Riddle
MiL unable to get online
Router has big red light for "internet" - all others including DSL nice and green.
PC can't reach router admin page over wireless
Plus lappy into router direct, into admin page, reset mysteriously lost settings to what I have on my Bit Of Paper
All lights green
Can get to net from lappy
But PC can't get to net, or router admin page. It sees the router, but apparently the router's refusing to hand out an IP address (maybe)
WTF?

Windows8 wireless via BelkinF6D4050 USB dongle to Linksys WAG54GS. ISP is Wanadoo well Orange now

Ideas?

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From:oldbloke
Date:February 23rd, 2013 08:56 pm (UTC)
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Wired works just fine. Plus lappy in, wizzo. But her PC is upstairs, her phone point is down, and there isn't going to be an ethernet cable between the two.
Spoze I need to RTFM to find out how to assign a static IP to a device connecting wirelessly - involves, its MAC, I expect
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From:oldbloke
Date:February 23rd, 2013 09:04 pm (UTC)
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Ah.... encryption is off, as far as i can tell. it definitely is off on the router, and the bits of Win8 I can see seem to think it is. I hate win8.
But I did do an ipconfig and it was nothing like what I thought it ought to be. Given Win8 it may take me some time to navigate to the place to set the IP!

Latest drivers for the USB wireless dongle don't mention Win8. Sigh.
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From:oldbloke
Date:February 26th, 2013 12:58 pm (UTC)
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Assigning IP didn't help - turns out the routers wifi was fried
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From:oldbloke
Date:February 23rd, 2013 09:20 pm (UTC)
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She has just stuck her wireless phone right next to the router, thinking about it
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From:g8bur
Date:February 24th, 2013 02:44 pm (UTC)
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I'd keep different bits of wireless kit as far apart from each other as possible. Despite the specs, or the normal observed behaviour of such kit, there's a point where receivers will get blocked by transmitters which swamp them with unwanted signals at a strength which they just can't handle.

Even if the receiver front-end can accept the interference, the rest of the circuitry, which is probably completely unscreened, can be hammered by high RF field strengths at point-blank range (even 10mW EIRP is high strength, when coming from only a foot away).

My DECT phone will flag up an icon on the handset when it gets out of range of the base unit (I've checked this by taking it for a walk down the road a bit; with luck, I can make a call from about 100 yards away), so I'd think that the base unit must transmit some sort of signal, even when it's not in use, in order that a handset can tell that it's being taken beyond the range of the base unit.
From:mhoulden
Date:February 24th, 2013 08:47 pm (UTC)
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From:oldbloke
Date:February 24th, 2013 09:47 pm (UTC)
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Not seeing a win8 driver listed for this dongle anywhere
Wonder which is most likely to work?
From:mhoulden
Date:February 24th, 2013 11:09 pm (UTC)
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Windows 7, either 32 or 64 bit as appropriate. Computer/Properties should tell you which version to use. If that doesn't work, it might be worth trying a more up to date dongle. I've been doing bits of Win8 VPN testing for work and I find some older things don't always work very well.
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From:oldbloke
Date:February 26th, 2013 12:59 pm (UTC)
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It claimed it already had the latest drivers when I tried upgrading.
Anyway it seems the router's wifi was fried
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