So my wife's company decides to get a laptop to go with their XP desktop system (small office). We went out and found a pretty good deal on a nice laptop. Also picked up a linksys wireless PCI card (for the desktop) to put together a little "adhoc" wireless network in their office for file and print sharing. I had a thread here a week ago asking about wireless networks; ya'll might remember.
So I decided tonight to mock up the network here in my own house before hauling all of the stuff over to the office and finding out it doesnt work.
The first linksys gaffe was the setup disk with the W2K (my test machine is still W2K and not XP) drivers that would not load (code 31). Even the latest drivers off their website wouldn't load. But the ones from microsoft windows update - loaded and worked
So, the two systems "connected" but I never was able to view any of the shares despite my best efforts.
And then the wireless adapter quit working with what seems to be an impossible but quite funny error - nothing i've done will clear it (power cycle, reinstall software, reseat hardware, etc). Guess i'll take it back and try another brand.
went the ad-hock route then eh? Let me know how that turns out, never worked with that before. If you have a connection that doesn't drop between the 2, chances are good the 2 adapters are communicating between each other and can transfer packets; windows networking troubleshooting should come next.
"Jesus has my heart, but Whiskey has my liver" --Jason Boland
Yeah that's a Windows thing so it happens to all wireless users when they won't connect
BTW, I had a hell of a time with all the Linksys wireless equipment I've tried, which includes several different generations of their routers and a few of their wireless NICs. I now have D-Link and couldn't be happier. I switched after reading an article in PC Magazine where they compared all of the latest routers and NICs. Also have a D-Link wireless USB card and everything syncs up without a fuss, unlike the Linksys (in my experience).
I've had good luck with D-link stuff but never in an ad hoc environment. Netgear is junk too btw.
My experience with Linksys is having to sit on the phone with tech support for an hour, knowing full well what the problem was. The antenna inside of the router was broken, would not transmit. Only worked within 12" of the router. Their tech support is in India, they barely speak English and are obviously reading from a script. I had to sit through all of their diagnostics only to have them tell me to take the router back, had to get a case number from them though.