I have a friend with a BEFW11s4 v. 2 Linksys wireless router feeding an incoming net cable signal.
It works fine with a desktop XP unit attached directly to it via a NIC cable, but will not work with a Win ME system with a USB connected Netgear wireless MA 101 about 70 feet away. The remote wireless unit was working fine until 2 weeks ago when it suddenly just stopped working according to my friend.
On the Win ME unit the Netgear signal strength applet indicates signal is plenty strong between Linksys and adapter. I tried replacing Netgear adapter - no difference. Tried driver re-install - no go. Tried winipcfg and “release all” and “renew all” . Error on the renew when it says it “cannot find a DHCP server”. It cannot see the XP unit when I have it do a network neighborhood search.
Brought unit with Netgear adapter home. It works fine on my BEFW11s4 v. 2. Both units use the same cable ISP (Comcast) and both are set to find IP addresses automatically. Only difference seems to be my subnet mask is set to 255.255.255.0 and auto config on the friends unit is set it to 0.0.0.0. Tried 255.255.255.0 on friends XP unit via the router config applet, but it just killed the net feed when I did this so I set it back.
Took unit back to friends house and tried playing with all kinds of settings on friend’s router, but nothing I did will make it work and be “seen” by the router. Would normally think router is defective but Netgear applet indicates signal level between two devices is fine. This is usually plug and play simple.
Very frustrating - Any suggestions? Could the Netgear unit be showing adequate link signal and the router still be defective in allowing remote unit on the network? In over my head, confused and tired.