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Wireless USB network adapter constantly disconnecting

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July 21, 2013 6:59:59 AM

I recently purchased a brand new computer to replace my old and run down one. However, i have barely been able to use it yet, since I've had absolute hell trying to get my wireless adapter to function properly.

There doesn't seem to be a particular pattern to when it happens, but after a very short period of time (anywhere between 10s and 5minutes), my wireless adapter will go from being connected to my router and fully functioning, to showing 'no networks in range', and completely unable to realise that my router is there.

I'm using the same wireless network adapter as i have used for the last year or two (and have even tried a new one, with no luck), and when i ran into this trouble, immediately put it back on my old machine to check it hadn't broken down between the seperate computers, and it still works perfectly on my old machine as it always has. So i'm thinking it's gotta be something in the settings of the wireless adapter or a fresh windows install that i need to change to stop this happening, as the router is still working perfectly too, and both the router and adapter are in the exact same places as they've always been.

I've spent the last two days scouring forums for solutions, but so far nothing has worked, if anyone has any suggestions or even a quick and easy solution (feels like that's a long shot at this point), then i would be extremely grateful, as I'm getting towards the end of my rope on this one.

Here's the information from a troubleshooting diagnostic right as it is happening, I've been messing with settings and stuff for the past two days so if anything looks weird just take that into account! And gonna apologize in advance for the HUGE first post :)  If anyone needs any more information, just ask away.

Thank you, looking forward to a response, before i lose my mind!
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Issues found
The Local Area Connection adapter is disabledThe Local Area Connection adapter is disabled Not fixed
Enable the wired network adapter Failed

The Belkin 54g Wireless USB Network Adapter adapter is experiencing driver- or hardware-related problemsThe Belkin 54g Wireless USB Network Adapter adapter is experiencing driver- or hardware-related problems Detected
The wireless network adapter is experiencing problems Completed

Problem with wireless adapter or access pointProblem with wireless adapter or access point Detected
Reset the wireless adapter Completed
Investigate router or access point issues Not run
Refer to Windows Help and Support for more information about wireless connectivity problems Not run


Issues found Detection details

6 The Local Area Connection adapter is disabled Not fixed


Enable the wired network adapter Failed



6 The Belkin 54g Wireless USB Network Adapter adapter is experiencing driver- or hardware-related problems Detected

The wireless network adapter is experiencing problems Completed

Windows Help and Support can provide more information about resolving driver or hardware issues.

6 Problem with wireless adapter or access point Detected

Reset the wireless adapter Completed

Network Diagnostics Log
File Name: 65859B64-CDAE-4617-B79E-4F140C37B9C4.Repair.Admin.1.etl


Investigate router or access point issues Not run

If you're connected to a hotspot or domain network, contact the network administrator. Otherwise: 1. Unplug or turn off the device. 2. After all the lights on the device are off, wait at least 10 seconds. 3. Turn the device back on or plug it back into the power outlet. To restart a router or access point that has a built-in battery, press and quickly release the Reset button.
Refer to Windows Help and Support for more information about wireless connectivity problems Not run

Windows cannot resolve your wireless connectivity issue.


Detection details

Diagnostics Information (Network Adapter)
Details about network adapter diagnosis:

Network adapter Wireless Network Connection 3 driver information:

Description . . . . . . . . . . : Belkin 54g Wireless USB Network Adapter
Manufacturer . . . . . . . . . : Belkin International, Inc.
Provider . . . . . . . . . . . : Belkin International, Inc.
Version . . . . . . . . . . . : 4.0.2.0
Inf File Name . . . . . . . . . : C:\Windows\INF\oem11.inf
Inf File Date . . . . . . . . . : 21 July 2013 00:56:09
Section Name . . . . . . . . . : RTWLANWR.ndi
Hardware ID . . . . . . . . . . : usb\vid_050d&pid_705a
Instance Status Flags . . . . . : 0x180600a
Device Manager Status Code . . : 0
IfType . . . . . . . . . . . . : 71
Physical Media Type . . . . . . : 9



Diagnostics Information (Network Adapter)
Details about network adapter diagnosis:

Network adapter Local Area Connection driver information:

Description . . . . . . . . . . : Qualcomm Atheros AR8161/8165 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (NDIS 6.20)
Manufacturer . . . . . . . . . : Qualcomm Atheros
Provider . . . . . . . . . . . : Qualcomm Atheros
Version . . . . . . . . . . . : 2.1.0.7
Inf File Name . . . . . . . . . : C:\Windows\INF\oem6.inf
Inf File Date . . . . . . . . . : 19 July 2012 06:37:42
Section Name . . . . . . . . . : L1F.ndi
Hardware ID . . . . . . . . . . : pci\ven_1969&dev_1091
Instance Status Flags . . . . . : 0x1802400
Device Manager Status Code . . : 22
IfType . . . . . . . . . . . . : 6
Physical Media Type . . . . . . : 14



Diagnostics Information (Wireless Connectivity)
Details about wireless connectivity diagnosis:

Information for connection being diagnosed
Interface GUID: 71cfb456-2cc3-404e-b2a0-b3a0f5389d79
Interface name: Belkin 54g Wireless USB Network Adapter #2
Interface type: Native WiFi

Connection incident diagnosed
Auto Configuration ID: 3
Connection ID: 4

Connection status summary
Connection started at: 2013-07-21 04:23:26-717
Profile match: Success
Pre-Association: Success
Association: Fail
Security and Authentication: Not started

List of visible access point(s): 0 item(s) total, 0 item(s) displayed

Connection History

Information for Auto Configuration ID 3

List of visible networks: 0 item(s) total, 0 item(s) displayed

List of preferred networks: 1 item(s)
Profile: Penfold
SSID: Penfold
SSID length: 7
Connection mode: Infra
Security: Yes
Set by group policy: No
Connect even if network is not broadcasting: No
Connectable: No
Reason: 0x00028002

Information for Connection ID 5
Connection started at: 2013-07-21 04:23:36-805
Auto Configuration ID: 3
Profile: Penfold
SSID: Penfold
SSID length: 7
Connection mode: Infra
Security: Yes
Pre-Association and Association
Connectivity settings provided by hardware manufacturer (IHV): No
Security settings provided by hardware manufacturer (IHV): No
Profile matches network requirements: Success
Pre-association status: Success
Association status: Fail 0x00000000
Association reason code: 0x00000000

Information for Connection ID 4
Connection started at: 2013-07-21 04:23:26-717
Auto Configuration ID: 3
Profile: Penfold
SSID: Penfold
SSID length: 7
Connection mode: Infra
Security: Yes
Pre-Association and Association
Connectivity settings provided by hardware manufacturer (IHV): No
Security settings provided by hardware manufacturer (IHV): No
Profile matches network requirements: Success
Pre-association status: Success
Association status: Fail 0x00038002
Association reason code: 0x00000001

Information for Auto Configuration ID 2

List of visible networks: 1 item(s) total, 1 item(s) displayed
BSS Type PHY Security Signal(RSSI) Compatible SSID
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Infra g Yes 44 Yes Penfold

List of preferred networks: 1 item(s)
Profile: Penfold
SSID: Penfold
SSID length: 7
Connection mode: Infra
Security: Yes
Set by group policy: No
Connect even if network is not broadcasting: No
Connectable: Yes

Information for Connection ID 3
Connection started at: 2013-07-21 04:23:08-172
Auto Configuration ID: 2
Profile: Penfold
SSID: Penfold
SSID length: 7
Connection mode: Infra
Security: Yes
Pre-Association and Association
Connectivity settings provided by hardware manufacturer (IHV): No
Security settings provided by hardware manufacturer (IHV): No
Profile matches network requirements: Success
Pre-association status: Success
Association status: Success
Last AP: 00-1c-df-83-71-7b
Security and Authentication
Configured security type: Open
Configured encryption type: WEP
802.1X protocol: No
Key exchange initiated: Yes
Unicast key received: No
Multicast key received: No
Number of security packets received: 0
Number of security packets sent: 0
Security attempt status: Success
Connectivity
Packet statistics
Ndis Rx: 2
Ndis Tx: 49
Unicast decrypt success: 0
Multicast decrypt success: 0
Unicast decrypt failure: 0
Multicast decrypt failure: 0
Rx success: 49
Rx failure: 0
Tx success: 64
Tx failure: 0
Tx retry: 0
Tx multiple retry: 0
Tx max lifetime exceeded: 0
Tx ACK failure: 0
Roaming history: 1 item(s)
Times: 2013-07-21 04:23:14-534
Roamed from BSSID: 00-1c-df-83-71-7b
Reason: 0x00000002
Disconnected from BSSID: 00-00-00-00-00-00 Reason: 0x00000205

Information for Auto Configuration ID 1

List of visible networks: 1 item(s) total, 1 item(s) displayed
BSS Type PHY Security Signal(RSSI) Compatible SSID
------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Infra g Yes 44 Yes Penfold

List of preferred networks: 1 item(s)
Profile: Penfold
SSID: Penfold
SSID length: 7
Connection mode: Infra
Security: Yes
Set by group policy: No
Connect even if network is not broadcasting: No
Connectable: No
Reason: 0x00028006

Information for Connection ID 2
Connection started at: 2013-07-21 04:23:04-194
Auto Configuration ID: 1
Profile: Penfold
SSID: Penfold
SSID length: 7
Connection mode: Infra
Security: Yes
Pre-Association and Association
Connectivity settings provided by hardware manufacturer (IHV): No
Security settings provided by hardware manufacturer (IHV): No
Profile matches network requirements: Success
Pre-association status: Success
Association status: Fail 0x00038002
Association reason code: 0x00000002

Information for Connection ID 1
Connection started at: 2013-07-21 04:22:52-519
Auto Configuration ID: 1
Profile: Penfold
SSID: Penfold
SSID length: 7
Connection mode: Infra
Security: Yes
Pre-Association and Association
Connectivity settings provided by hardware manufacturer (IHV): No
Security settings provided by hardware manufacturer (IHV): No
Profile matches network requirements: Success
Pre-association status: Success
Association status: Fail 0x00038002
Association reason code: 0x00000002




Diagnostics Information (Wireless Network Adapter)
Details about wireless network adapter diagnosis:

For complete information about this session see the wireless connectivity information event.

Helper Class: Native WiFi MSM
Initialize status: Success

Information for connection being diagnosed
Interface GUID: 71cfb456-2cc3-404e-b2a0-b3a0f5389d79
Interface name: Belkin 54g Wireless USB Network Adapter #2
Interface type: Native WiFi
Profile: Discovery connection
SSID: (Unnamed Network)
SSID length: 0
Connection mode: <unknown>
Security: No
Connect even if network is not broadcasting: No

Result of diagnosis: No problem found






Network Diagnostics Log
File Name: 65859B64-CDAE-4617-B79E-4F140C37B9C4.Diagnose.Admin.0.etl

Other Networking Configuration and Logs
File Name: NetworkConfiguration.cab

Collection information
Computer Name: AVATAR
Windows Version: 6.1
Architecture: amd64
Time: Sunday, July 21, 2013 4:23:36 AM

July 21, 2013 7:07:10 AM

Did you do a fresh install of windows on the brand new computer?
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July 21, 2013 10:14:59 AM

@ur6beersaway, yeah that was the first thing I did when i plugged in the new computer for the first time, fresh install of windows 7
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July 21, 2013 3:41:36 PM

Thank you, did you try to run it in compatibility mode as it seems to be too old.
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July 21, 2013 11:52:32 PM

Not sure that I know how to do that.

Honestly, the only difference between this PC (Old one currently on to post) and the new, is the hardware of the system. Same operating system, same adapters, just the problem persists on the new machine no matter what I try. Could hardware inside the machine itself be causing problems with an old adapter?

If this helps at all, i did see on the event log right as the device messed up:

Warning!: DNS- Name resolution for the name wpad.Penfold timed out after none of the configured DNS servers responded.

Just in case that helps at all.

Also, if that network adapter does turn out to be too old for what ever reason, what would you suggest as a replacement, and would it have to be the same make as my current router, or would that even need replacing too? :/ 

Thanks in advance.
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