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Unstable Wireless Network

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Last response: in Wireless Networking
July 31, 2013 10:52:20 PM

So my father is having technical issues and he comes to me. Normally, I can handle most tasks fine for him, but I am absolutely stumped by this.

We recently moved and he doesn't have direct access to cable internet.
***He is running Windows XP SP3 with the wireless connection utility.

I offered him the opportunity to use wireless despite its full use of the internet speed.

We purchased a Cisco USB Wireless Adaptor and it was horribly unreliable even though it was only about 50 feet from the router..
(1 bar signal with 5 minutes to load an email. Spontaneously disconnects too.)

So, we change our mind and go to another product. The D-Link DWA-552 Xtreme-N which I have and use and works great. It installs with the newest drivers and locates a network but does not attempt connecting... Regardless of any clicks or anything.
(Feels like a compatibility issue there, but it says it is supposed to be compatible.)

How can we make this work???
My father needs the best connection he can get on this network and it can hardly recognize it.

I don't know if it is because the walls are plaster in the new house, the new modem/router combo is crappy, the adapters are crappy, or my father is just the master of finding unsolvable problems?

What do you all think?
~Crusader

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July 31, 2013 11:06:09 PM

Well, for starters, what sort of wireless router / access point are you using?
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July 31, 2013 11:13:50 PM

Set both the router and the Wireless NIC to use a specified speed on maximum output range.
- Start with say 18Mbps, and see how it goes.

Set them both to just WPA, not WPA2 or WPA/WPA2 combo mode.

From there look at the driver options in Device Manager for the D-Link DWA-552.

An N300 WiFi card should have no problems connecting to a 802.11g router at 50 feet, at 18Mbps.

That said, if you have a D-Link N300 WiFi NIC, then I would suggest pairing it with a D-Link N300 capable router.
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August 1, 2013 10:56:32 AM

Tabris DarkPeace said:
Set both the router and the Wireless NIC to use a specified speed on maximum output range.
- Start with say 18Mbps, and see how it goes.

Set them both to just WPA, not WPA2 or WPA/WPA2 combo mode.

From there look at the driver options in Device Manager for the D-Link DWA-552.

An N300 WiFi card should have no problems connecting to a 802.11g router at 50 feet, at 18Mbps.

That said, if you have a D-Link N300 WiFi NIC, then I would suggest pairing it with a D-Link N300 capable router.


I'll look and see what I can do. I'm not a Wifi Specialist at the moment, but I'll go get the information and do my best, and maybe you guys can help me through it.

We have AT&T (DSL) with a Router+Modem combo. Is there a way I could speed up the netwrok or upgrade it?
I have a Cisco E4200 router, but I don't know if I can connect it if the router and modem are one entity in this setup.
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August 1, 2013 11:19:57 AM

More information on the Router Setup from his Tablet:

SSID: ATT280
Serial Number: 242189308669280
Model Number: (NVG510) or (12VDC)
IP Address: 192.168.1.253
Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
Router: 192.168.1.254
DNS: 192.168.1.254
Search Domains: att.net
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