frequent crashes with US Robotics 8054 22MB/s wireless card

Discussion in 'Wireless Networking' started by Massimo Lencioni, Oct 27, 2004.

  1. Hi,

    I have installed a small wireless home network (ad hoc without router or
    access point) running on Windows XP, including 2 pc's and a laptop. Each
    machine has a US Robotics 8054 22 MB/s wireless card (laptop/PC versions
    respectively). I never had any problems with connectivity, sharing
    Internet access and normal file sharing. However, I am experiencing
    increasingly frequent crashes at apparently random moments on all machines
    (blue screen -> reboot). The minidump log ALWAYS mentions an error in the
    USRWLAN component.
    This has been going on for months now. US Robotics Tech support say they
    don't have any record of this type of problem and suggested I'd try and
    eliminate all other devices one by one to exclude the possibility of
    conflicts. This didn't lead me to any solution. I recently installed
    Windows XP SP2, but the problem is still there.
    I would be happy to buy different wireless cards, if I could be sure that
    this is a typical US Robotics problem, but I am afraid the same problems
    might occur with cards from some other brand. Does anyone have any
    recommendations for me?

    Thanks in advance,

    Massimo Lencioni
    Massimo Lencioni, Oct 27, 2004
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  2. Massimo,

    This proprietary product is used to achieve higher throughput and is very
    specific to this card and this program.
    While I cannot endorse other products, I would invite you to uninstall this
    program and use the Windows XP Wireless Zero Configuration Service.

    While it will not be able to give you the added functionality of a 2x speed
    jump, I doubt you can actually get this throughput anyways, so I don't
    think that you will see a large performance difference. Then again,
    according to your network and the type of traffic that it generates, you
    just might see a big drop.

    I do reccomend that you try it out. Uninstall the USR software, turn on the
    Wireless Zero Configuration service and configure the wireless adapter
    through the Control Panel -> Network Connections page, opening the
    properties page of the Wireless Adapter. This configuration should be
    straight-forward. You can add the adhoc network using the Add button, to
    add it to the Preferred Networks list. The network will automatically be
    connected to when it is range.

    Brian Wehrle [MSFT], Oct 28, 2004
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