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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-08-2004, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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maybe just the brand name difference is the problem. 802.11g is backwards compatible with 802.11b
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-08-2004, 06:59 PM
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Wireless Network Question

I have a dlink wireless router running 11b. My new laptop with a 11g card wont connect to it. I can define it in the prefered networks section. It locates it and puts an antenna on it so it does find the signal, however, it never places it in the available networks section, therefore, I cannot connect.

Is this an 11g card to 11b router problem? I thought they would negotiate down to the slowest speed. Any ideas, Im tapped...

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Most adapters I've been running across are saying 802.11b/g, ie do both. Now, to say if you had an adapter thats labled 802.11g w/ no mention of backward compatibility, I'd say there's a good possibility for issues. The best thing is to have a wireless turbo/G/B compatible router; it'll service all the common wireless standards. I got my Netgear 108 Turbo wireless firewall router for like $60 after rebate; its a great product I love it. The newer netgears have an excellent GUI interface, check them out. I have the WGT624 router and a 54M(G) USB adapter for my home theatre computer. The pair work beautifuly together.


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G is backwards compatible with B. That doesn't mean you won't have other problems. Wireless networking seems to be an area where you just pray that it works, because it seems there are a lot of variables that can cause problems.

But anyway there's no need for a device to say G/B. Now you do see many that say A+G and stuff like that, because A is not compatible with B nor G. A device that says A+G can work with any of the three.

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