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Trouble with router

I just got my new laptop a few days ago that came with an integrated Intel A/G/N wireless card. The router I have is an old Linksys B. It shows to have a strong signal on my laptop. When I attempt to connect to the router, it just says "connecting" but it never connects. If I unplug and plug back in the router, my laptop will connect to it for a little while then lose connection. For whatever it's worth, I have no trouble connecting to my neighbor's wireless signal (for testing purposes only of course).

So it seems to be an issue with my router. Supposedly the B and G stuff is compatible so any card that picks up G shouldn't have a problem picking up B. Is it maybe a driver issue with the router? What would cause something like this?

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I've worked with those Intel wireless cards and love 'em. Have you upgraded your driver for the card?? Have you tried resetting the router to factor default (Go into your browser and type in the gateway IP to log into the router and reset to factory)? You may try those things first and see where that gets you...if you need instructions, posting the make/model of the router I can post how to accomplish this...
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Make sure you upgrade your router firmware.

2nd on the intel driver update.

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Ok thanks guys. I'll look for updated drivers for the Intel card when I get home. I'll also get the Linksys model number since I don't know much about working with routers. I can't even remember how I made it secure

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You said you have a Linksys B router. If it is B only, then your Intel card in the laptop will not work with it as you stated it is A/G/N.

edit-- I don't know if Linksys does it, but Netgear offers firmware for their older routers (old 802.11b) to be able to work like a router with 802.11b/g.
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You said you have a Linksys B router. If it is B only, then your Intel card in the laptop will not work with it as you stated it is A/G/N.
If I remember anything about those cards, it should also accept B...
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If I remember anything about those cards, it should also accept B...

If by card you mean Router, than no. The newer Intel Wireless Pro cards are A/G/and either draft-N or N only. They are phasing out older wireless protocols and opting for newer faster ones. Soon the new 802.11r/k/v specifications will be ratified under the wireless standard and A/G/N will be phased out. He can always swap the card out for an Intel Wireless Pro 3945 which is 802.11A/B/G. eBay sells them cheap
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You said you have a Linksys B router. If it is B only, then your Intel card in the laptop will not work with it as you stated it is A/G/N.

edit-- I don't know if Linksys does it, but Netgear offers firmware for their older routers (old 802.11b) to be able to work like a router with 802.11b/g.
I read that any card that reads G will also read B due to them being backwards compatible. I have picked up other B routers from neighbors and such so I know this card will accept them.

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I would just go ahead and upgrade the router. WRT54GL FTW. Plus it runs linux.

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BEFW11S4 is the model number. I know I should replace it eventually, but I'd rather fix it if I can.

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I would just go ahead and upgrade the router. WRT54GL FTW. Plus it runs linux.

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I actually ordered that one a long time ago but returned it because I found this old one. I can't believe the price hasn't changed in 9 months on newegg. Anyone have an old router they want to sell or give?

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If by card you mean Router, than no. The newer Intel Wireless Pro cards are A/G/and either draft-N or N only. They are phasing out older wireless protocols and opting for newer faster ones. Soon the new 802.11r/k/v specifications will be ratified under the wireless standard and A/G/N will be phased out. He can always swap the card out for an Intel Wireless Pro 3945 which is 802.11A/B/G. eBay sells them cheap
If they are phasing out older standards, why keep "A"?

Given that 802.11n is still technically draft, I can't find anything (and I'm tired) that specifically states this - without argument. (ieee.org, wi-fi.org or cisco.com)

Either way, it's not big money to get ride of the 802.11b AP and get something a bit more modern.

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http://www.linksys.com/servlet/Satel...ypage=download


Select your version, and upgrade the firmware. 90% likely it hasn;t been updated since you bought it 3 years ago.

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http://www.linksys.com/servlet/Satel...ypage=download


Select your version, and upgrade the firmware. 90% likely it hasn;t been updated since you bought it 3 years ago.
haha, I don't think there has ever been a firmware update for my actiontec.
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haha, I don't think there has ever been a firmware update for my actiontec.
Actually there's been at least 3 this year.

Read about the latest one here.

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