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January 15, 2009 3:35:15 AM

Hello.

I own three computers. One has a wired connection to my wireless router (Linksys WRT54G v. 6 with latest firmware), the other two use wireless adapters and are running Windows XP Professional 32-Bit. If I run Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit on the computer with the wired connection, the other two computers cannot connect to the router (access point). Here's what's troubling.

If I leave the other two "wireless" computers turned off, and run Windows 7 on the "wired" computer, then turn off the "wired" computer, and turn on one or both of the "wireless" computers, they still cannot connect.

In order to establish a wireless connection, once again, I must reset the router , then reset the security, and finally, enter the new network key on each of the "wireless" computers. It doesn't matter whether the "wireless" computers are on or off when I either install or run Windows 7 on the "wired" computer. The problem occurs even when I turn off the "wired" computer before turning on the "wireless" computers.

At this point, I can only "assume" (either from lack of knowledge or imagination) Windows 7 actually makes changes to the router's settings. I cannot access the router's web-based utility from Windows 7 or from Windows Vista. I must access it from Windows XP (I quad boot XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Ubuntu). My problem with wireless networking only occurs with Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit. I don't experience this problem with Vista Ultimate 64-Bit. Also, I have no networking issues with Windows 7 running on the "wired" computer.

Perhaps there is a simple solution. However, it's disconcerting that Windows 7 can prevent other computers from connecting to my router. Windows 7 should only be concerned with connections made to the computer it is running on, and not take over the responsibility of the router. If this is the case, then I find that to be completely unacceptable. I'm not using the wired computer as a gateway for the other computers. The Linksys router is the default gateway. Furthermore, I'm absolutely not interested in sharing music or files through Home Group, since this feature of Windows 7 is only compatible with other computers running Windows 7, and I'm not about to replace XP on the "wireless" computers with a beta version of Windows 7. I suspect Home Group might be the culprit here, or the reach of Windows Firewall is now out of bounds.

If you know or have an idea of what might be the problem, please let me know. I'll have to leave Windows 7 alone until I find a solution, as I'm not going to go through the hassle of reseting the router and network keys every time I run Windows 7. Unplugging the computer from the router is an option, but to do so would cripple the OS and the fun of using it. Besides, the beta needs access to the Internet for updates and to report problems.
January 15, 2009 6:18:50 PM

and who says microsoft doesn't care :) . Anyway I run a similiar setup and have not had that problem. Try updating your routers firmware.
a b $ Windows 7
January 15, 2009 6:50:36 PM

access point? is it possible to just switch it back to being a router with nat?

its possible that in ap mode it cant handle wired and wireless and that the wired connection takes priority of the only available ip address, thus the wireless cards cant get an ip and so cant connect.

of course that could be b*****s but you never know.

yes i know you said it works fine when using xp pro so maybe the router doesnt release the ip correctly with win7.

any chance of installing a wifi card from one of the xp machines into the win7 machine just to test it?

can you test connecting one of the xp machines with wired and see if the other can connect using wireless?
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January 15, 2009 7:50:38 PM

At home I have 3 compters connected to the router, one laptop wireless "N"with Vista 64bit, a PC with XP Pro hard wired to the router @ 1gig and a PC with Windows 7 hard wired to the router @ 1gig. I have no problem connecting to the internet or the "Network" from any of the computers. I also have a network printer connected to the router. Prints etc from all locations.

At Work I have 4 PC's hard wired and one Laptop wireless, sometimes 2 laptop's wireless. One of the wired PC's has Windows 7 and all the rest run XP. Also 2 network printers. No problems here either.

I dont know if it makes a difference but when I installed Windows 7 all the computers and printers were turned on and connected to the network.

Maybe try a fresh install of Windows 7 with all computers and printers turned on. Another thing is I chose "connect to a home network" when installing W-7
January 15, 2009 11:09:57 PM

I experienced the same problem XP systems with wireless connections lost their connectivity after the Windows 7 system got on the home network. Under Network and Sharing Center, hit the Advanced sharing settings and at the bottom select "Use user accounts and passwords to connect to other computer" under Windows HomeGroup connections.

You will have to reboot your router and all the wireless XP systems, while the Win 7 system is off. You may have to reboot the router once in a while. Not the most elegant solution, but this is the only way my XP systems with wireless would work.
January 16, 2009 5:47:44 PM

I have the same problem as well with WTR54g v6 firmware 1.02.5. I have the following setup:

1 wired Windows XP box
1 wired Windows 7 box
2 wirelsss MacBooks running Leopard 10.5
2 iPhones
1 wireless Xbox 360

Once Windows 7 has been up on the network for a few hours, the router stops accepting new wireless connections, however devices already connected are fine... i.e. if I'm on xbox live playing a game it still trucks along, but the macbooks won't be able to connect. I've verified it's Windows 7 by shutting that box down for a few days and noticing no problems, and then booting it up yesterday and having problems a few hours later.

So far in windows 7 I've disabled DualServer DHCP/DNS and put DHCP functions back to enabled in the router, which didnt make a difference. I've now disabled HomeGroup, so I'll let you know in a couple of hours if that did any good.
January 17, 2009 4:51:40 PM

Disabling HomeGroup fixed my problem... I've been up and running 24 hours without requiring a router reboot and wireless is working great.
January 19, 2009 5:05:21 AM

I just wanted to add that i have the same problem. I have a WRT54G with the 1.02.5 firmware and windows 7 being on the network (after a few hours) kills the ability to create new wireless connection.

I just disabled homegroup and will let you guys know if it solves the problem here as well.
January 20, 2009 1:32:18 AM

Yup. Disabling homegroup worked. All my wireless clients can connect just fine now.

Hope this gets hammered out before the win 7 release. I like the concept of the homegroup.
Anonymous
a b F Wireless
a b $ Windows 7
March 24, 2009 9:23:02 PM

Disabling HomeGroup worked for me as well (I had the same problem... router would turn off once the Win 7 PC was connected to the network for a few minutes).

I've now read elsewhere that it might have something to do with an over abundance of error reporting... but I am still checking that out.

Thanks!
March 25, 2009 10:44:54 AM

I will figure out the exact cause tonight and post a reply here. Also, I have found out that once you reset the router, only one wireless connection can be made before it screws up again.

Laterz, Twitch(the origional)
Anonymous
a b F Wireless
a b $ Windows 7
August 20, 2009 2:54:30 AM

I had the exact same issue. I disabled the HomeGroup Provider and Listener on the Windows 7 machine. And then rebooted both the machines (Windows 7 and Vista). It fixed the problem. Both machines were able to connect to the wireless router. HomeGroup Provider/Listener service on the Windows 7 is the culprit.
September 25, 2009 5:58:35 PM

sure sounds like that router / access point is not IPv6 compatable! Homegroup runs on IPv6 so I assume it was not homegroup but the underlying protocol that is hanging up the router. my AR670W has a similar issue (but not as bad as loosing connectivity)... wireless windows7 homegroup members can see eachother, and wired windows7 homegroup members can see eachother, but wired and wireless cannot see eachother! the IPv6 is not passing between wired and wireless segments in the router. :o 
a b $ Windows 7
September 25, 2009 6:20:10 PM

Odd.

I have a wired Windows 7 desktop with a wireless Vista laptop, Wii, iPod Touch and PS 3 with the WRT54G and have had no problems. Mind you, I have version 8 of that router... so whether or not that makes a difference I couldn't tell you.
Anonymous
a b F Wireless
a b $ Windows 7
October 29, 2009 8:03:29 PM

Hi folks -- Had a similar problem and was able to fix the issue. Here are the quick details:

Run a home network which consistes of 3 XP laptops (one wired and two wireless), wireless printer, and wireless TiVo connection. Introduced a fourth laptop Windows 7. For some reason, it brought down the whole network (Linksys WRT54G router). When I removed the Windows 7 machine, it worked again.

Updated the firmware on the router which did the trick.

Anonymous
a b F Wireless
a b $ Windows 7
November 9, 2009 9:09:16 PM

FireWalls .... Norton /mcafee anything with a firewall other than Windows Get rid of it period. windows has its own since XP, norton is a bitch you have to configure File sharing with in norton software... if you want to use it by all means spend a few hours learning your software that you bought. and keep it otherwise stop bitching and get rid of it... its no good to home users... business i will adapt but many problems have occurred with norton since 2004 IS.. also Workgroups, make sure everything is on the same workgroup. it is very unlikely that a Win OS will bring down the network..come on a apple computer can talk on the same network that runs windows... you think windows 7 caused your problems amongst other windows OS's. get real... the first step to your problem would be to power cycle and understand Dynamic ip address, if you are not on a static network, Dynamic ip address assign a number to each computer (first come first serve)meaning the first computer you turn on to your home network the router will assign that computer a ip address or number and so with the 2nd and 3rd 4th a priter and so on and so forth. File and print sharing will have to follow as there are many issues with FnP sharing with xp and vista alone you have to turn on Public discovery i would refer to microsoft.com for most answers and Google. is your best friend...otherwise you need someone from the IT computer certified world that knows computers to solve your problem. good luck
November 11, 2009 10:17:17 PM

I had a similar problem, but probably not the same as yours.

I followed the instructions for using my Toshiba laptop with my Linksys WRT56G router with Windows7. It said to connect the laptop to the router with a wire cable, which I did. The router is rated at "G" speeds which is the wireless speed; I got 100 mbps with the hard wired connection, though my internet modem only gets 56 mbps. So, I was getting about 56 mbps net at the laptop (minus some performance for net overhead etc.).

I could not get the laptop's wireless connection to work. I even tried using "Network Magic", the new Cisco software they acquired along with Pure Networks; it indicated the connection was being made between the router and my laptop's wireless adapter, but no internet connection.

I struggled with this for a couple days; since I had not used VISTA or Windows7 before, I stuck with the instructions, and tried every tip and trick I could find listed. No luck.

Then I decided to put the written instructions aside and see what my instincts developed over several decades of experience would show me. It wasn't long before I realized that the wireless adapter in the laptop did not have its own 'NIC', so to speak, but used the regular NIC which the laptop used for wired connections to a network. Hence, using the furnished instructions, I was attempting to connect to a wireless node on the network at the same time as I was connected to a hard-wired node, which meant the laptop had to establish two separate connections to the router: one wired, and one wireless. It was then easy to see that the laptop couldn't do that with only one "NIC" for both connections!

I used the wired connection to the router to set it up and make sure all was well with it, including use of the internet. I then pulled the plug on the hard wired connection, and went to the wireless setup and connect routines in the laptop, which now worked just fine because they could use the internal "NIC" chipset of the laptop, which it could not do when the hard wired connection was using the NIC chipset.

This fooled me for a while because I can connect both a wireless and hard wired connection to the router on my desktops, because they use separate NICs for each connection; the wireless adapter has its own network interface chips rather than sharing those used for hard wired connections.

I have to admit I feel sheepish about disclosing this, as it makes me look pretty dumb, to not have realized this immediately, as soon as I read the instructions telling me to connect the hard wire to the computer (to set up the router, test it and the internet, etc.) while attempting to connect the wireless also. As a design engineer who has designed a wide assortment of peripherals for PCs and laptops I should have seen that problem immediately. However, I didn't at first realize that the laptop, in order to save space and power, used the network interface already present for the hard wired connection, and added only the "radio" part of the wireless adapter, with the "radio" doing the transmitting and receiving, and interface to the NIC already present in the laptop. Obviously, with a single channel NIC interface between the computer and the router, it can handle only one connection, and, if I first established a hard wired connection to the router, then attempted to use the same NIC for the wireless connection, it wasn't going to work! Only when I released the NIC from the hard wired connection to the router was the wireless connection able to use the NIC and establish a connection.

Sorry this is so long and 'wordy', but I wanted to explain thoroughly in case it may help some others I have seen on the internet with the same problem, ie, not being able to connect wirelessly when the hard wired connection is already established.

Larry
November 15, 2009 4:58:44 AM

Thanks loads for this info! I've been struggling with the same issue on my T61, but have the reverse: if the wireless isn't disabled (using switch), it always takes priority over the wired connection and terminates use of it. Interestingly, it does this seamlessly, with no interuptions to downloads in progress.
Here I was hoping to have dual-NIC capability, but see now I only have one NIC! Stupid me too, and I spent years working with this stuff in high tech. At least my quest for answers can end here.
Anonymous
a b F Wireless
a b $ Windows 7
November 21, 2009 4:16:42 AM

Here is a stab in the dark..Is it possible that windows 7 when wired is "sharing" the internet connection and commanding all other connection resources to authenticate through it? I dont have windows 7 installed yet but check you internet sharing ...see if you cant turn it off..reboot and still find it off...then turn on you laptops...see if this works.

Renshi
December 6, 2009 10:30:51 PM

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I had the exact same issue. I disabled the HomeGroup Provider and Listener on the Windows 7 machine. And then rebooted both the machines (Windows 7 and Vista). It fixed the problem. Both machines were able to connect to the wireless router. HomeGroup Provider/Listener service on the Windows 7 is the culprit.


I think I am having the same problem. My other computers have Vista and XP. All are wireless. I bought a new laptop with windows 7 and it is having major connection issues. Everytime i troubleshoot, Homegroup keeps coming up. How do you disable the homegroup provider and listerner? I would like to try this to see if it solves my problem. I thought 7 was supposed to simplify!
December 11, 2009 4:03:05 PM

I think I found the solution to my connection problem since setting up my new Windows 7 workstation. I've had a Linksys wireless router since May that I have only used really for my iTouch without problems at all. I setup my new computer (wired to the router in addition to my XP workstation) a week ago and have been having tons of problems connecting and also losing connection to my wireless with my iTouch. Rebooting the router and finally getting reconnected, only to lose the connection again. I found that the NIC card in my new workstation was being turned off in Power Management. What I did was right-click on Computer, select Manage, click on Device Manager, on the right expand Network Adapters, right-click on my adapter and go to Properties, click on the Power Management tab and uncheck the box for "Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power." So far, so good. Hope this helps someone.
December 16, 2009 1:12:30 AM

I don't have an answer to your questions, but what the heck is the 'network key'? When I called Linksys they advised I needed a new router or they could upgrade my wrt54g for a 'small' $30 fee. I am stumped when I get to the network key part.
Anonymous
a b F Wireless
a b $ Windows 7
December 25, 2009 3:50:07 PM

hello i ve had a hp laptop with window 7 for christmas i run a win vista wired a p3 with ubuntu as my web server, and a vista laptop

yesterday when i plugged it in it crashed my router now i am working on my p3 with linux the only computer still able to go to the net,,,,

ive tried to retablish my router with the ports to allow my website to work while i try to fix it but there nothing passing my i cant even acces my web site with my ftp server,,,,,,

im asking is there anybody who can help please???
Anonymous
a b F Wireless
a b $ Windows 7
December 26, 2009 5:07:48 AM

Hey i had similar problwm with a linksys WRT110.

I disabled IPv6 connections in the wireless card properties and that did the trick with fixing connection issues.

I then tried to update the firmware on the router and re-enabled IPv6 connectivity, that did the trick as well. It looks like the firmware that was installed on the router wasnt IPv6 compatiable and that was causing problems.

Cheers.
January 14, 2010 8:15:56 PM

I bought a brand new Dell laptop w/windows 7 and was ready to rock and roll....or so I thought. Two other laptops in the house running Vista and XP have connected to my Westel (Verizon DSL) modem/router without ever having any trouble. "My" Windows 7 would recognize the connection, but would not connect to the router. Several "Computer Guys" and Verizon techs later, here's the deal. Verizon needed to update thier equipment (modem/router) - They can do it rather easily but only if you ask them. I wasn't computer savy enough to know how to. If you can't connect with your laptop, this may help...I hope so because I was pulling my hair out.
February 9, 2010 3:31:18 AM

lizziep said:
I don't have an answer to your questions, but what the heck is the 'network key'? When I called Linksys they advised I needed a new router or they could upgrade my wrt54g for a 'small' $30 fee. I am stumped when I get to the network key part.


The network key is essentially a password you create when you set up the wireless network. It is saved (encrypted) in your router / hub whatever thingy so when you try to connect any new computer to the same wireless network, you have to enter that "key" into that computer so it can connect. It basically stops your neighbours from using your download limit for free.
February 28, 2010 9:13:45 PM

I have 1 wired win 7 x32 pc, 1 vista laptop (wireless) and 1 win 7 x32 (wireless) pc on witch i have linksys usb adapter (wusb54gc v2).
Problem is with 3rd pc (using usb adapter). Laptop and wired pc are connected to the internet with no probs, but 3rd one cannot. I see my network but key doesnt seem to work. Which only makes me belive that 4 hours of searching for right drivers for that usb adapter pay up and i got right one.
"Windows was not able to connect to network name".
I tryed to remove homegroup - didnt help.
Windows firewall isnt running.

bah...dont know what to do anymore. Laptop and wired pc dont seem to "fight" over network and they work just fine.
:cry:  :cry: 
April 1, 2010 7:03:21 PM

I was having the same issue with wifi dropping on my Vista and Win7 computers (not XP though). I didn't think it was a firmware issue since the Linksys site listed their patches and none for my router called out specifics for the two troubled OS.

After several months, I landed on a Vista forum where it read that Vista had issues with TCP/IPv6 (and also Win7) which so far has kept my two machines connecting for the last week without me having to reset the wifi..

HISTORY
Both my eMachine (Win7) and my Toshiba (Vista) kept knocking out the wifi connection or I had to restart the router half the time I turned them on. All machines running XP (desktop and netbook) connected fine without issue.

The Linksys router is fine (I didn't update to the latest and greatest firmware, but reading the update it didn't have anything substatial...I don't like update firmware unless it's crucial since I've read to many reports where the firmware updates turn hardware into bricks when they were running fine before).

After several months of research online I narrowed the issue with Vista/Win7 and not the router or Broadcom/Atheros cards. Seems Vista and Win 7 had issues with the TCP/IPv6 that interrupts connections.

I unchecked the TCP/IPv6 on the eMachines and have not had a dropped wifi connection or needed router rebooting. So far so good, so try to go to your "Change adapter settings" and uncheck the IPv6 box to see if that helps.
April 21, 2010 4:46:55 AM

My ZyXEL NBG334W router has been rock solid for months. I hooked up a new win7-64 machine and noticed every time I awoke it after a sleep my router rebooted. Tonight I noticed the same thing is happening when I boot the win7-64 machine anew.

After reading this thread I removed the win7-64 machine from HomeGroup and have so far been able to go through a sleep/wake session without the router rebooting. My network is only made up of two xp-32 machines, the win7-64 machine, the router, a few devices and a switch - so the win7-64 machine is the only one capable of using HomeGroup anyway.

I dunno if HomeGroup causes the problem or, as posted before, it may be that the underlying issue is the router's incompatibility with ipv6, which HomeGroup uses. But though I might be jumping for a joy a little early, after a single test, I just wanted to note my success story and post a thank you for those who have posted in this thread.
April 23, 2010 3:43:11 AM

It is sooooo dumn frustrating!!!


I'm using a desktop running Win 7 x64
When I stream to the linksys DMA-2200, it drops out every 10-15 mins! I know its not the router, extender or how far they're apart! When it happens I always have to disable, enable the NIC then it works.

I have disabled power management of all sorts, unchecked TCP/IPv6, updated drivers of the NIC and my NVIDIA Graphics card, that's all I could think of and have read from people having the same issue.

If you could suggest other ideas or or have recommendations I'd very much appreciate it! Please HELP!
May 10, 2010 4:19:06 PM

rani said:
It is sooooo dumn frustrating!!!


I'm using a desktop running Win 7 x64
When I stream to the linksys DMA-2200, it drops out every 10-15 mins! I know its not the router, extender or how far they're apart! When it happens I always have to disable, enable the NIC then it works.

I have disabled power management of all sorts, unchecked TCP/IPv6, updated drivers of the NIC and my NVIDIA Graphics card, that's all I could think of and have read from people having the same issue.

If you could suggest other ideas or or have recommendations I'd very much appreciate it! Please HELP!


It's THE HOMEGROUP, turn off the home group that was automatically setup when you ran Windows 7 for time Start, Contol Panel, Network and Sharing, Homegoup... Windows 7 has a redundant file sharing function. The first is the one we are all used to MSHOME, WORKGROUP, etc... and THEN there's Homegroup a networking for dummies feature for all family Windows 7 users to share media. Turn it off, reboot and that ?"Should"? do it for you. I've found that there are two programs "PlayOn" and a free one called vcm playit. Yopu get two weeks free of Playon but you'll immediately see it's worth within 2 days. And then, on this page:

http://windowsmediacenter.blogspot.com/search?updated-m...


scrolling way down, past the issue of the box of the day they are working on, you'll find all the downloads, it's a Microsoft Blog.

Hope this helps
May 23, 2010 6:08:13 PM

Had the same problem.. Finally googled it... Found this thread... Turned off homegroup.. Fixed... life is good.

I LOVE THIS FORUM
a b $ Windows 7
May 23, 2010 9:10:23 PM

r@minder said:
Hello.

I own three computers. One has a wired connection to my wireless router (Linksys WRT54G v. 6 with latest firmware), the other two use wireless adapters and are running Windows XP Professional 32-Bit. If I run Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit on the computer with the wired connection, the other two computers cannot connect to the router (access point). Here's what's troubling.

If I leave the other two "wireless" computers turned off, and run Windows 7 on the "wired" computer, then turn off the "wired" computer, and turn on one or both of the "wireless" computers, they still cannot connect.

In order to establish a wireless connection, once again, I must reset the router , then reset the security, and finally, enter the new network key on each of the "wireless" computers. It doesn't matter whether the "wireless" computers are on or off when I either install or run Windows 7 on the "wired" computer. The problem occurs even when I turn off the "wired" computer before turning on the "wireless" computers.

At this point, I can only "assume" (either from lack of knowledge or imagination) Windows 7 actually makes changes to the router's settings. I cannot access the router's web-based utility from Windows 7 or from Windows Vista. I must access it from Windows XP (I quad boot XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Ubuntu). My problem with wireless networking only occurs with Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit. I don't experience this problem with Vista Ultimate 64-Bit. Also, I have no networking issues with Windows 7 running on the "wired" computer.

Perhaps there is a simple solution. However, it's disconcerting that Windows 7 can prevent other computers from connecting to my router. Windows 7 should only be concerned with connections made to the computer it is running on, and not take over the responsibility of the router. If this is the case, then I find that to be completely unacceptable. I'm not using the wired computer as a gateway for the other computers. The Linksys router is the default gateway. Furthermore, I'm absolutely not interested in sharing music or files through Home Group, since this feature of Windows 7 is only compatible with other computers running Windows 7, and I'm not about to replace XP on the "wireless" computers with a beta version of Windows 7. I suspect Home Group might be the culprit here, or the reach of Windows Firewall is now out of bounds.

If you know or have an idea of what might be the problem, please let me know. I'll have to leave Windows 7 alone until I find a solution, as I'm not going to go through the hassle of reseting the router and network keys every time I run Windows 7. Unplugging the computer from the router is an option, but to do so would cripple the OS and the fun of using it. Besides, the beta needs access to the Internet for updates and to report problems.



Have you verified that your router is compatible with Windows 7? Have you attempted to swap the router out as an attempt to troubleshoot?

Jessica
Microsoft Windows Client Team
May 24, 2010 6:56:23 PM

Quote:
Hi folks -- Had a similar problem and was able to fix the issue. Here are the quick details:

Run a home network which consistes of 3 XP laptops (one wired and two wireless), wireless printer, and wireless TiVo connection. Introduced a fourth laptop Windows 7. For some reason, it brought down the whole network (Linksys WRT54G router). When I removed the Windows 7 machine, it worked again.

Updated the firmware on the router which did the trick.

I have an Hp laptop and am runnning of the same router as you and we have reset several times and I can't connect to the internet wirelessly. The 2 other computer are wired and are running on xp and are working fine. I just don't know what to do to get my wireless connection.
June 3, 2010 1:29:27 PM

rani said:
It is sooooo dumn frustrating!!!


I'm using a desktop running Win 7 x64
When I stream to the linksys DMA-2200, it drops out every 10-15 mins! I know its not the router, extender or how far they're apart! When it happens I always have to disable, enable the NIC then it works.

I have disabled power management of all sorts, unchecked TCP/IPv6, updated drivers of the NIC and my NVIDIA Graphics card, that's all I could think of and have read from people having the same issue.

If you could suggest other ideas or or have recommendations I'd very much appreciate it! Please HELP!


ok I finally found the damn cause!
Someone in another forum told me to turn OFF the TASK OFFLEAD option in the Network card's settings...

Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network Connections

right click Local area connection, click properties.
Click Configure.
Go to Advanced tab
turn OFF Task Offload.

Like I said that how worked wonderfully for me and my NIC isn't disconnecting every 10-20 mins from the extender...
Good luck guys
July 16, 2010 5:47:18 AM

OK, so I've spent a ridiculous amount of the past couple of days trying to accomplish the seemingly simple task of adding two new wireless laptops with Win7 to a perfectly happy and functioning network of 3 wired pc's running xp. About a month ago, a wireless router was added to the XP system and has been working just fine.

I've tried a variety of things, and they won't see each other. Then, to my surprise, suddenly I was having all kinds of problems with the existing network. I would fix them, reboot, blah blah--they're fine. Go back to other tasks, and next thing I know, "there is a problem with the mshome network..." Arghh. When I left, one of the 3 could no longer connect to the internet. I thought I was losing my mind.

I googled and found this thread. THANK YOU ALL. This was huge! I now have a much better idea what to look for, and what others have found happen. I will return there at zero dark thirty with little sleep but at least armed with a slough of ideas. I'll let you know how it all turns out. I'm starting with turning off homegroup. Thanks again,

Paula
Anonymous
a b F Wireless
a b $ Windows 7
July 26, 2010 7:54:53 PM

k i've done alot of research on this and its cause some routers arn't able to handle win 7 correctly yet and there still isn't an update for the problem yet to this day... i check everyday cause i have a problem with this to we have 4 wired pcs 1 with win 7 2 wit xp and 1 wit vista and actually 2 ps3s a wii and we do have a laptop wit xp on it... now we didnt have any problem with our router til we put the new compute wit win 7 on it after that videos wont load and other computers get disconnected much like ur problem, which i managed to fix by making all the routes static, it might be the bandwidth but i doubt it cause the new computer just replaced an old one. so dat problem is unsolved still lol oh yeah and if you have wireless on two of em and one lan then you might need to set an ip for the wireless computers cause there might just be an ip problem cause wen a wireless disconnects it loses there ip and gets a new one which might be a problem...
Anonymous
a b F Wireless
a b $ Windows 7
August 6, 2010 2:02:08 PM

I have a machine with Win7 which I simply call "SERVER" although it is not. It serves the storage center purpose, plus 2 printers are shared from it--hence the name. The 2 printers are an Epson Stylus R200 Photo Printer (my favorite), and a Lexmark all-in-one X7170 a few years old but treated well. Since replacing the "server" and all the "clients" with Win7, I can not get either printer to behave properly. I have searched (and searched) for updated downloads, tried installing them to no avail. I truly think that Windoze has another MAJOR blunder on their hands. Win7 is great! LET'S GET SOME UPDATED DRIVERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
August 27, 2010 2:13:17 PM

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FireWalls .... Norton /mcafee anything with a firewall other than Windows Get rid of it period. windows has its own since XP, norton is a bitch you have to configure File sharing with in norton software... if you want to use it by all means spend a few hours learning your software that you bought. and keep it otherwise stop bitching and get rid of it... its no good to home users... business i will adapt but many problems have occurred with norton since 2004 IS.. also Workgroups, make sure everything is on the same workgroup. it is very unlikely that a Win OS will bring down the network..come on a apple computer can talk on the same network that runs windows... you think windows 7 caused your problems amongst other windows OS's. get real... the first step to your problem would be to power cycle and understand Dynamic ip address, if you are not on a static network, Dynamic ip address assign a number to each computer (first come first serve)meaning the first computer you turn on to your home network the router will assign that computer a ip address or number and so with the 2nd and 3rd 4th a priter and so on and so forth. File and print sharing will have to follow as there are many issues with FnP sharing with xp and vista alone you have to turn on Public discovery i would refer to microsoft.com for most answers and Google. is your best friend...otherwise you need someone from the IT computer certified world that knows computers to solve your problem. good luck


I have to disagree with you so VERY strongly!! I have a Linksys router which is exhibiting these exact same problems. I'm using fixed IP addresses, gateway and DNS, so it's not a dynamic assignment problem. It has only happened since it was connected to a Win 7 m/c. This m/c has certainly has never even sniffed Norton, relies on the router for a firewall (Windows internal one disabled), and has Ipv6 disabled, so only Ipv4 is available, and it STILL causes the router to crash, usually in under 1/2 hour . Turn off the PC, and reset the router and it works on XP machines indefinitely. This is the full release version of Win 7 Pro 64 bit, not a beta, so they still haven't fixed it. BTW my router's already on the latest firmware, so that solution's out.

Thanks for the tips from other users on the thread.

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August 28, 2010 2:50:44 PM

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