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Brendan Chan
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      10-29-2008
Hi,

I have 4 WinXP PCs connected to a Belkin Wireless G Range Extender set to
repeater mode. All 4 PCs is having no problem accessing the Internet or
browsing other computers in the network neighborhood.

The problem is:

1) Intermittently I can't ping any of the 4 PCs, it sometimes will ping,
before you know it, it went timed out.

2) I am getting IP address conflicts even after making sure that the router
DHCP was set to asign up to 4 IPs and I made sure non of the PCs are having
identical IPs. FYI, those 4 PCs were previously in a wired network
environment before moving to a new location without any LAN ports.

3) I managed to share a printer out from 1 of the PC running on SP3. I did
managed to search and add this printer on 1 of the PC running on SP2 but
when i double click the printer's printing queue windows, it tells me Access
Denied and I have not managed to print to that printer.

Information on the 4 PCs as below:

3 x PCs on Windows XP SP2, 1 x PCs on Windows XP SP3
All using a Prolink Wireless G USB dongle to connect to the Belkin AP.

thanks.


 
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smlunatick
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      10-29-2008
On Oct 29, 3:36*pm, "Brendan Chan" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I have 4 WinXP PCs connected to a Belkin Wireless G Range Extender set to
> repeater mode. All 4 PCs is having no problem accessing the Internet or
> browsing other computers in the network neighborhood.
>
> The problem is:
>
> 1) Intermittently I can't ping any of the 4 PCs, it sometimes will ping,
> before you know it, it went timed out.
>
> 2) I am getting IP address conflicts even after making sure that the router
> DHCP was set to asign up to 4 IPs and I made sure non of the PCs are having
> identical IPs. FYI, those 4 PCs were previously in a wired network
> environment before moving to a new location without any LAN ports.
>
> 3) I managed to share a printer out from 1 of the PC running on SP3. I did
> managed to search and add this printer on 1 of the PC running on SP2 but
> when i double click the printer's printing queue windows, it tells me Access
> Denied and I have not managed to print to that printer.
>
> Information on the 4 PCs as below:
>
> 3 x PCs on Windows XP SP2, 1 x PCs on Windows XP SP3
> All using a Prolink Wireless G USB dongle to connect to the Belkin AP.
>
> thanks.


You can cause a lot of problem by only letting DHCP assign 4 IP
addresses. You can / will run out of IP address since DHCP leases
will have different termination times.
 
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Brendan Chan
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      10-29-2008
Hi,

Before setting it to 4 IP, I did try 100 IPs, 50 IPs but both attempts
yielded the same result.

"smlunatick" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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On Oct 29, 3:36 pm, "Brendan Chan" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I have 4 WinXP PCs connected to a Belkin Wireless G Range Extender set to
> repeater mode. All 4 PCs is having no problem accessing the Internet or
> browsing other computers in the network neighborhood.
>
> The problem is:
>
> 1) Intermittently I can't ping any of the 4 PCs, it sometimes will ping,
> before you know it, it went timed out.
>
> 2) I am getting IP address conflicts even after making sure that the
> router
> DHCP was set to asign up to 4 IPs and I made sure non of the PCs are
> having
> identical IPs. FYI, those 4 PCs were previously in a wired network
> environment before moving to a new location without any LAN ports.
>
> 3) I managed to share a printer out from 1 of the PC running on SP3. I did
> managed to search and add this printer on 1 of the PC running on SP2 but
> when i double click the printer's printing queue windows, it tells me
> Access
> Denied and I have not managed to print to that printer.
>
> Information on the 4 PCs as below:
>
> 3 x PCs on Windows XP SP2, 1 x PCs on Windows XP SP3
> All using a Prolink Wireless G USB dongle to connect to the Belkin AP.
>
> thanks.


You can cause a lot of problem by only letting DHCP assign 4 IP
addresses. You can / will run out of IP address since DHCP leases
will have different termination times.


 
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Jack \(MVP-Networking\).
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      10-29-2008
Hi
My guess would be that your Wireless has marginal strength, often loses the
connection, and thus the IP.
Try as a first step to put as many of the computers that you can in the same
room with the Wireless Router and see if it works when the signal is strong.
When using a Wireless Extender you lose half of the Bandwidth past the
extender, if few computers are connect to the extender they might run out of
bandwidth and disconnect.
It could be that the only solution is to rework the whole Network with
better hardware, and other means.
In general.
Extending Distance - http://www.ezlan.net/Distance.html
Wireless Modes - http://www.ezlan.net/Wireless_Modes.html
Wireless Bridging - http://www.ezlan.net/bridging.html
Hi Gain Antenna - http://www.ezlan.net/antennae.html
Jack (MS, MVP-Networking)

"Brendan Chan" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
news:(E-Mail Removed)...
> Hi,
>
> I have 4 WinXP PCs connected to a Belkin Wireless G Range Extender set to
> repeater mode. All 4 PCs is having no problem accessing the Internet or
> browsing other computers in the network neighborhood.
>
> The problem is:
>
> 1) Intermittently I can't ping any of the 4 PCs, it sometimes will ping,
> before you know it, it went timed out.
>
> 2) I am getting IP address conflicts even after making sure that the
> router DHCP was set to asign up to 4 IPs and I made sure non of the PCs
> are having identical IPs. FYI, those 4 PCs were previously in a wired
> network environment before moving to a new location without any LAN ports.
>
> 3) I managed to share a printer out from 1 of the PC running on SP3. I did
> managed to search and add this printer on 1 of the PC running on SP2 but
> when i double click the printer's printing queue windows, it tells me
> Access Denied and I have not managed to print to that printer.
>
> Information on the 4 PCs as below:
>
> 3 x PCs on Windows XP SP2, 1 x PCs on Windows XP SP3
> All using a Prolink Wireless G USB dongle to connect to the Belkin AP.
>
> thanks.
>


 
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Brendan Chan
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      10-30-2008
Thanks Jack for the heads up! I didn't know by using repeater, it will lost
half its bandwidth. Maybe I should pull a long CAT5 cable over and use the
Belkin extender in Access Point mode.

"Jack (MVP-Networking)." <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
news:%(E-Mail Removed)...
> Hi
> My guess would be that your Wireless has marginal strength, often loses
> the connection, and thus the IP.
> Try as a first step to put as many of the computers that you can in the
> same room with the Wireless Router and see if it works when the signal is
> strong.
> When using a Wireless Extender you lose half of the Bandwidth past the
> extender, if few computers are connect to the extender they might run out
> of bandwidth and disconnect.
> It could be that the only solution is to rework the whole Network with
> better hardware, and other means.
> In general.
> Extending Distance - http://www.ezlan.net/Distance.html
> Wireless Modes - http://www.ezlan.net/Wireless_Modes.html
> Wireless Bridging - http://www.ezlan.net/bridging.html
> Hi Gain Antenna - http://www.ezlan.net/antennae.html
> Jack (MS, MVP-Networking)
>
> "Brendan Chan" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
> news:(E-Mail Removed)...
>> Hi,
>>
>> I have 4 WinXP PCs connected to a Belkin Wireless G Range Extender set to
>> repeater mode. All 4 PCs is having no problem accessing the Internet or
>> browsing other computers in the network neighborhood.
>>
>> The problem is:
>>
>> 1) Intermittently I can't ping any of the 4 PCs, it sometimes will ping,
>> before you know it, it went timed out.
>>
>> 2) I am getting IP address conflicts even after making sure that the
>> router DHCP was set to asign up to 4 IPs and I made sure non of the PCs
>> are having identical IPs. FYI, those 4 PCs were previously in a wired
>> network environment before moving to a new location without any LAN
>> ports.
>>
>> 3) I managed to share a printer out from 1 of the PC running on SP3. I
>> did managed to search and add this printer on 1 of the PC running on SP2
>> but when i double click the printer's printing queue windows, it tells me
>> Access Denied and I have not managed to print to that printer.
>>
>> Information on the 4 PCs as below:
>>
>> 3 x PCs on Windows XP SP2, 1 x PCs on Windows XP SP3
>> All using a Prolink Wireless G USB dongle to connect to the Belkin AP.
>>
>> thanks.
>>

>



 
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Brendan Chan
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      10-30-2008
So far so good after switching to AP mode. Cross my finger and pray that the
IP conflict issue won't pop up again.

Aside to that, the PC with WinXP SP3 is having problem pinging other PCs, it
can't access shared resources on the network but I can browse the Internet
with it.

"Brendan Chan" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
news:(E-Mail Removed)...
> Thanks Jack for the heads up! I didn't know by using repeater, it will
> lost half its bandwidth. Maybe I should pull a long CAT5 cable over and
> use the Belkin extender in Access Point mode.
>
> "Jack (MVP-Networking)." <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
> news:%(E-Mail Removed)...
>> Hi
>> My guess would be that your Wireless has marginal strength, often loses
>> the connection, and thus the IP.
>> Try as a first step to put as many of the computers that you can in the
>> same room with the Wireless Router and see if it works when the signal is
>> strong.
>> When using a Wireless Extender you lose half of the Bandwidth past the
>> extender, if few computers are connect to the extender they might run out
>> of bandwidth and disconnect.
>> It could be that the only solution is to rework the whole Network with
>> better hardware, and other means.
>> In general.
>> Extending Distance - http://www.ezlan.net/Distance.html
>> Wireless Modes - http://www.ezlan.net/Wireless_Modes.html
>> Wireless Bridging - http://www.ezlan.net/bridging.html
>> Hi Gain Antenna - http://www.ezlan.net/antennae.html
>> Jack (MS, MVP-Networking)
>>
>> "Brendan Chan" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
>> news:(E-Mail Removed)...
>>> Hi,
>>>
>>> I have 4 WinXP PCs connected to a Belkin Wireless G Range Extender set
>>> to repeater mode. All 4 PCs is having no problem accessing the Internet
>>> or browsing other computers in the network neighborhood.
>>>
>>> The problem is:
>>>
>>> 1) Intermittently I can't ping any of the 4 PCs, it sometimes will ping,
>>> before you know it, it went timed out.
>>>
>>> 2) I am getting IP address conflicts even after making sure that the
>>> router DHCP was set to asign up to 4 IPs and I made sure non of the PCs
>>> are having identical IPs. FYI, those 4 PCs were previously in a wired
>>> network environment before moving to a new location without any LAN
>>> ports.
>>>
>>> 3) I managed to share a printer out from 1 of the PC running on SP3. I
>>> did managed to search and add this printer on 1 of the PC running on SP2
>>> but when i double click the printer's printing queue windows, it tells
>>> me Access Denied and I have not managed to print to that printer.
>>>
>>> Information on the 4 PCs as below:
>>>
>>> 3 x PCs on Windows XP SP2, 1 x PCs on Windows XP SP3
>>> All using a Prolink Wireless G USB dongle to connect to the Belkin AP.
>>>
>>> thanks.
>>>

>>

>
>



 
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