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Windows 7: Wired cable modem and wireless router conflict

03 Jan 2010   #11

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Qdos View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
Your D-link Di-524 is not Windows 7 compatible, plain and simple.

Look hereWindows 7 Compatibility Center search results - Di-524
I've never taken the content of those compatability pages as gospel truth, they're compiled based on user input and nobody at Microsoft ensures either their accuracy, nor catalogs any updates or contrary opinions...
Good for you, fortunately I have found exactly the opposite to be true. IMO I have already seen that exact same router fail to work properly on many occasions right here in this very forum.

I think the bigger problems are with the wireless end on that router. Updating the firmware to the 2.04b02 may help but that firmware was not easy to find.

Firmware version v2.04b02 is supposed to have the best success with Windows 7.
This firmware is not even available from the D-link site. I had to read around for this solution. It may not work for you but you have a good chance of getting it to work with Windows 7 using this firmware.

You can download the v2.04b02 firmware from the link below. It may only work with certain versions of the DI-524.

There are complaints all over the internet about the DI-524 not working correctly with Windows 7, especially the 64 bit versions but from what I have read the 2.04 firmware can make a difference.

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03 Jan 2010   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RedBirdDad View Post
One thing you left out is in addition to Homegroup and printer sharing, will any other PC's be on that connection that will need internet access?
Not really, my laptop is using its own wired connection, I tried wireless connection but the speed was too slow and signal strength weak (it was back in Vista time), so I thought I would rather pay for an additional line and not worry with signal strength, interferences, etc...:)

File and printer sharing should not account for the internet connection getting slow. As long as there isn't any traffic destined for the internet, the router will ignore it. PC to PC traffic should never passes *through* the router. It will stay on the LAN ports.

I never thought there was any connection between file/printer sharing and slow internet, they are not related at all, I agree with that.

but I'd suggest one change: Don't use the router. Use an ethernet switch instead.
Well, that is exactly what I am trying to achieve. I was thinking if I disable internet access to the router by unplugging the cable modem, this will effectively turn the router into a switch.

If you don't have one, you can still us ethe router but disable it's DCHP server and make all connections to the LAN ports only.
Thanks for the idea, I will do that. :)

Your D-link Di-524 is not Windows 7 compatible, plain and simple. If it's not compatible then it won't work correctly. Your connection lag is very typical for this type of problem.
I've been using it with Windows 7 for about a month without any problems whatsoever, the slow connection has become a problem just recently. If it was completely incompatible it would break immediately after I installed Windows 7, no?

Anyway, thanks everyone for your suggestions and help, it is much appreciated! :)
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03 Jan 2010   #13

W7 Ultimate 64bit W7 Premium 64bit W7 Premium 32bit WXP Home 32bit


My router is 4 years old and was end of lifed 6 months ago. My Wireless AP is 3 years old. Neither is on the W7 compatibility list yet they both work just fine on 5 different machines both wired and wireless.

According to you they shouldn't work at all yet they do. If I had asked a question, you'd have said get a new router, or get a new AP and you'd have been wrong.

No one including me is questioning your skills here on the forum despite what you may think. You don't get to your level by accident. I along with others respect that. But please don't get offended when someone disagrees with you. It's not a black and white issue. The Microsoft list isn't gospel. I'm sure you know there is no one right answer to many of these questions.
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03 Jan 2010   #14

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

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Let's stop the bickering guys and let's help the OP instead. Thread cleaned.
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03 Jan 2010   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MichaelK View Post
Anyway, thanks everyone for your suggestions and help, it is much appreciated! :)
I was just beginning lol , but it seem you have found many answers already?
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04 Jan 2010   #16

Windows 7 Home Premium

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by aem View Post
I was just beginning lol , but it seem you have found many answers already?
I haven't tried all suggestions yet, but I think I did get some direction. I think I will try to get the router to work as a switch (as RedBirdDad suggested) and if it doesn't work I will try the firmware upgrade (thank you chev65 :) ).
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04 Jan 2010   #17

Windows 7 Home Premium

Just in case it may help someone else: I upgraded the firmware (again, thanks chev65 for the link) and reduced MTU from the default 1500 to 1450, everything flies now... :)
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04 Jan 2010   #18

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,

Well what do you know, glad I could help MichaelK.

I will say that it took me about 45 minutes to track down that firmware version which is reported to be the only one that works as it should with your router and Windows 7.

That firmware wasn't on the D-link site either, I had to read about your router on a German site which told me there was only one firmware that worked correctly for that router with Windows 7. After that, I had to track down the actual firmware which wasn't even made for your model of router but seems too work for some reason.

Basically the compatiblity guide was correct once again, I had to go out on a limb to find that firmware which is the only reason that router is working as it should. It was just another router compatiblity problem as usual. It's intersting how nobody is speaking up now about my trouble shooting ablities.

In case anyone was wondering how Msoft determines compatiblity. You can't just go there and make up stuff at all, it's a ligitimate testing process that Msoft does with each and every piece of hardware. In other words it ain't WIKI and has nothing to do with user input. Even if you send in a report on a router they still test it out to make sure.

To determine product compatibility status for the Compatibility Center, we looked at whether:
  • The product has earned the "Compatible with Windows 7" logo which indicates it has met Microsoft testing requirements for compatibility with 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7.
  • The device manufacturer or software publisher stated this product is compatible with Windows 7 now or will be compatible by a future date.
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