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WGR614 (WRG614) MA111 NETGEAR PROBLEMS WITH XP SP2

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Anonymous
November 16, 2004 4:54:42 PM

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I have spent approximately 30 hours trying to configure a friends
wireless internet connection uisng the following kit:

Blueyonder ISP via Telewest

Motorola Surfboard 4200 cable modem

Netgear WGR614 wireless router
Netgear MA111 wireless USB adapter.

WIndows XP OEM version with SP2.

Complete nightmare. MA111 adapter causes Bluescreen of death with XP
and SP2 though works fine on SP1 versions. However couldn't rollback
as SP2 came built in with this OEM version. Interestingly this is
adapter is only USB 1.0 and 11g so somewhat limiting.

Swapped MA111 adapter for Belkin 54g wireless network card. Although
this card worked fine when used to find a Lynksis router system it
could not find the Netgear router. Even manually setting ISPs to
appropriate stastic values which resulted in the system showing a
connection between adapter and router could not connect to router
config pages at 192.168.0.1. Spoke to a few 'experts' the field nd
spent hours online looking for solutions with no joy - just persistent
169.xxx.xxx.xxx ip addresses being allocated.

When system changed to a XP SP1 one the netgear MA111 adapter/ netgear
router setup worked fine (initially) - only problem we didn't have
another license key for this so without paying out more money no a
viable option. I know this won't bother some people. After a while
however signal kept dropping out - there seems to be an issue wth
overheating with these adapters.

In the end, having tried every configuation imaginable, we bought a
Belkin cable wireless router, the new 125 x version and ditched all
the Netgear kit.

With XP SP1 still on the system everything setup easily first time
with no setting changes required.

Then reverted to XP SP2 and guess what...... yes again it all worked
fine!!


In summary it would appear that some Netgear kit has a problem with
SP2 - this will become and increasingly apparent problem as XP is now
shipping with SP2 built in.

The local shop from whom the netgear kit was initially purchased
agreed that he had had several complaints from other customers
particularly regarding blue screen of death with SP2.

In case your wondering yes we did all the firmware upgrades and
follwed every possbile bit of advice from Netgear, Blueyonder sites
and other problem solving sites.

Take my advice if you are experiencing similar problems ditch the
Netgear and try some other brand of hardware.
Anonymous
December 3, 2004 12:00:39 AM

Archived from groups: alt.internet.wireless (More info?)

You wrote
"complete nightmare. ma111 adapter causes bluescreen of death with
xp
and sp2 though works fine on sp1 versions. however couldn't rollback
as sp2 came built in with this oem version. interestingly this is
adapter is only usb 1.0 and 11g so somewhat limiting.\"

First off 802.11g has a base speed of 54 Mbps that is the IEEE
standard. That does not however mean that your computer will ever
connect at that speed. The WiFi will tune to the fastest stable
connection in the given environment. Items like microwave ovens and
cordless phones can interfere with the signal.
Secondly why would you connect a 802.11g device to a USB port 1.1 that
is only capable of speed to 12 Mbps (burst). (Ever wonder why the
boradband companies use the USB cable on their cable modems).
Some devices require new drivers for SP2. Easy to download from the
internet.
The problems that you have encountered are not the result of poor
quality of hardware but more the result of improper intallation.


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Anonymous
December 3, 2004 10:16:10 AM

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"fortunat" <fortunat.1gnn5m@WiFi-Forum_dot_com> wrote in message
news:fortunat.1gnn5m@WiFi-Forum_dot_com...
>
> You wrote
> "complete nightmare. ma111 adapter causes bluescreen of death with
> xp
> and sp2 though works fine on sp1 versions. however couldn't rollback
> as sp2 came built in with this oem version. interestingly this is
> adapter is only usb 1.0 and 11g so somewhat limiting.\"
>
> First off 802.11g has a base speed of 54 Mbps that is the IEEE
> standard. That does not however mean that your computer will ever
> connect at that speed. The WiFi will tune to the fastest stable
> connection in the given environment. Items like microwave ovens and
> cordless phones can interfere with the signal.
> Secondly why would you connect a 802.11g device to a USB port 1.1
that
> is only capable of speed to 12 Mbps (burst). (Ever wonder why the
> boradband companies use the USB cable on their cable modems).
> Some devices require new drivers for SP2. Easy to download from the
> internet.
> The problems that you have encountered are not the result of poor
> quality of hardware but more the result of improper intallation.
>
>
> --
> fortunat
> brought to you by http://www.wifi-forum.com/
>

Check this out if you have MA111 v1
http://kbserver.netgear.com/support_details.asp?dnldID=...
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