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Windows 7: Belkin Network

16 Apr 2010   #1
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 
Belkin Network

While the Belkin router (F5D8232-4 }seemed to be fine, the Belkin adapter (F5D8055) only arrived yesterday. Since then, I have been trying to get the network operational between my rigs, of which the first is running W7, and the second is running XP MCE (since the W7 drive died). Both OSs are set to use a work type of network, and via hardwire, the secondary is visible on the primary, as far as files are concerned, the opposite is not true on the secondary. However, that is not the issue that I'm looking at now, it is the fact that neither is visible to the other using WIFI.

With the wireless enabled on the router, it displays a padlock at the far right side of it's display, where the wireless connection should be, and using the wireless utility on the secondary, it shows a one private and one public network that it is receiving, but not my own.

I don't think that the problem is in any kind of defect in the hardware...just in my management of it. Since the configuration seemed to work with both OSs hardwired and running W7, and for what I can tell, the same is true with the mixed boot, I haven't changed anything in the router's configuration.

Last evening, when I decided to take a break, I disabled the wireless with the Notification Trays icon, which caused it to disappear, leaving another icon that doesn't seem to do anything when clicked, and opening the wireless utility no longer shows any networks available. Therefore, before I go proceed, I need to at least get it to receive the networks that I mentioned before. After that, I need to find a means to get each rig to see the other. I realize that I haven't given much to go on, because I really don't know where to begin. Does anyone?


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16 Apr 2010   #2
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

You will have to re-enable your wireless adapter via Device Manager.
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16 Apr 2010   #3
not so gray matter

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X
 
 

First of all uninstall all wireless drivers and then reinstall the latest versions.

Second, go into Device Manager and make sure there are no conflicts and everything is enabled.

Third, reset your router and go into the configuration utility to set it up.

Fourth, read and follow a tutorial on how to create and manage a workgroup not a homegroup.

That should reset everything to factory specs and you should be able to connect properly.
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16 Apr 2010   #4
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CarlTR6 View Post
You will have to re-enable your wireless adapter via Device Manager.
You were correct. I never thought that disabling the tray icon would disable it in the Device Manager. Thanks.
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16 Apr 2010   #5
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I just noticed a message on the secondary's wireless utility, it says: "If you think you should be in range, make sure your router or access point is broadcasting the SSID". Mine is not, because I understood that would be making the network more vulnerable to hacking...is this not true?

EDIT: I reenabled SSID broadcasting, and that did make my network appear on the secondary's wireless utility, but the router still says that there are 0 wireless devices. Since the adapter isn't configured like the router, via routersetup in a browser, and the wireless utility doesn't have a setting for SSID, so far as I have found, I never changed it one way or another.

In the routersetup configuration, I selected the PBC button, which opens a window saying to select the WPS button on the wireless utility, within 2 minutes. When I did this, it produced a message on the secondary that just says "In Progress, Please Wait...", then after a minute or so, it says "Error Detected, Please Try Again" The second attempt had the same results. I'm still lost.
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16 Apr 2010   #6
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
I just noticed a message on the secondary's wireless utility, it says: "If you think you should be in range, make sure your router or access point is broadcasting the SSID". Mine is not, because I understood that would be making the network more vulnerable to hacking...is this not true?
Not really; there was an interesting link to wireless security in another thread and it basically debunked that. However, once you get your network all set, you can then hide the SSID again. You will have to have it broadcasting for your other devices to pick it up.
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16 Apr 2010   #7
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CarlTR6 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
I just noticed a message on the secondary's wireless utility, it says: "If you think you should be in range, make sure your router or access point is broadcasting the SSID". Mine is not, because I understood that would be making the network more vulnerable to hacking...is this not true?
Not really; there was an interesting link to wireless security in another thread and it basically debunked that. However, once you get your network all set, you can then hide the SSID again. You will have to have it broadcasting for your other devices to pick it up.
Yes...IF I ever get the network working. At the moment, I'm beginning to feel that the network is a modern incarnation of the Hydra of myth. So many heads, that I don't know which to cut first, and before I can proceeds with the others, it grows a new head.
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16 Apr 2010   #8
CarlTR6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

One of the network folks will have to help you with this. I can fumble my way through setting it up; but I sure can't guide anyone except through basic steps. I don't even know what the PCB button is.
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16 Apr 2010   #9
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

If you can fumble your way through setting it up, you are far ahead of me. Looking at the manual, it points to a location on the adapter where there is supposed to be a PBC button, but there is none. It then says that button is only used in Vista, but regardless of the OS involved, the button would still have to exist. In the image of the adapter where this is mentioned, it point to a location where the Belkin logo is, but it doesn't feel as though a button exists when pressing there.

The only PBC button that I can find, is the one mentioned in routersetup. In the wireless utility, there is a WPS button, and a Connect button, but using either of them gets the same result. I'm beginning to wonder if either the router or adapter is defective, but if that is the case, how would one determine which is the culprit?
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16 Apr 2010   #10
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I just fired off an email to Belkin Support, but from past experience, I'm not optimistic that it will help. I always get annoyed that like most support forms, their's is rigidly structured in a manner that doesn't fully take in the scope of the question. I can only hope that what I wrote will be sufficient to fill in the gaps.
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