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Frijolie wrote:see what I mean?
Not really. What WiFi hardware do you have?
Frijolie wrote:What do the two orbs (that turn green) mean and/or symbolize that the blue thingy twirls around?
Most likely that it's trying to establish a connection.

Can you try what happens if you get closer to your WiFi access point? Maybe the signal strength is plain wrong and it's actualy weaker than indicated.
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I'm not that stupid.
Hi, there's no need for that kind of language. Excuse your French :)

Anyway, I have a 2200bg myself and it works perfectly without encryption (no neighbours --> no need for that) and DHCP.

I believe the bottom orb turns green when the Access point answers an ARP request sent by the computer, and the top one turns green when it answers a DHCP one and assigns your computer an IP.

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Frijolie wrote:I have an Intel Pro Wireless 2200bg
OK, same here. Sometimes the signal strength shown is wrong and it gets better if I move closer to the access point.
Frijolie wrote:Because sometimes the bottom orb will stay green and the top one will never change when it's twirling.
Might be a problem with the passkey or the chosen encryption method? In my case I had to select WPA-PSK and TKIP manually ... leaving stuff on "auto" would not work.
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That's the one I have I think... is it the one that comes with only one antenna ? There's a similar looking one with two antennas though. They're using different components and chipsets inside though. The one with one antenna is a really bad router and often drops connection (that's the one I have) the one with two antennas is supposed to be much better.

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The one with one antenna is called WRK54G... really really bad router :).

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Frijolie wrote: I've also been sure to upgrade to the latest firmware on the router a while ago and have changed channels and frequencies since the last post.
Yes, that might help. Do you have any neighbours who might be using WLAN equipment too? Is there any TV set or microwave oven nearby? Or maybe some larger metal constructions somewhere somehow? Or maybe some electric cable or pipe passing through the wall?

All that stuff can cause interferences with WLAN signals. In my case there are like a dozen or so WLAN's in the direct neighbourhood and finding a channel where the others don't get into my way took me a while. Plus I had to add a stronger antenna to my router, the original plastic one was way too weak.
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Mine is fine.. but again I really live in the middle of nowhere. So there's not much interference around here.

eth1 IEEE 802.11g ESSID:"galaxy"
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.462 GHz
Bit Rate:24 Mb/s Tx-Power=20 dBm Sensitivity=8/0
Retry limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Power Management:off
Link Quality=61/100 Signal level=-64 dBm Noise level=-89 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:1 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:6

On the router itself I only have DHCP running, I disabled everything else because it used to drop connection frequently but only on certain types of requests so I assumed there was a bug in the firmware. As you said, ethernet connections were not affected.. only the wifi side of the router. It's now more or less OK... I still have to reset it maybe once a day, once every two days..

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clem wrote:.. but again I really live in the middle of nowhere.
I suppose that kind of excludes Paris as the place where you live? :wink: But seriously and just out of curiosity, where in France are you? I'm just wondering :)
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I don't live in France :wink:
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clem wrote:I don't live in France :wink:
Oh? In Antarctica then? :lol:
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:roll:
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Scorp123: Ireland.
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clem wrote:Scorp123: Ireland.
Not that much of a difference from Antarctica :wink: Just kidding of course :lol: I myself would have almost moved to Ireland a few years back. I had a job offer from there. But I chickened out and instead stayed here in Switzerland. :? Oh well. You can't have everything :D
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Most of the time I'm seeing 5-6 other networks in range
It's time you and your neighbors stop securing your own networks and talk to each other to find a cheaper and more communal way to access the Internet :)

When WIFI came up I really thought "this is the end of the ISP, people will make their own Internet by loose-connecting to each others". I was wrong. Instead of a new Internet came new encryption technologies.

We're only human after all..

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clem wrote: When WIFI came up I really thought "this is the end of the ISP, people will make their own Internet by loose-connecting to each others". I was wrong.
No, in fact you were partially right!
http://www.fon.com/ ... I have used this community-driven service many times and it just blows internet cafes out of the water.
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Post by hairy_Palms »

ill stick to good old fashioned cables, our orange livebox is so temperamental that the people who use the wireless keep making me fix it about once a day.
just drops connections
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