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This post is another in the series of blog post resulting in the upgrade to Windows 7 from Vista. The previous post in this series was Faster Wireless Network. This post deals with the finally setting up of the Netgear DGN2000 Wireless Modem Router.
Previously, I had the modem router connecting to the Dell Notebook Wireless 1510 Wireless N WLAN Mini-Card connecting at 1Mbps (in other words as slow as treacle). This connection speed meant that I kept the Notebook connected with the Ethernet cable (not my preferred solution).
After much hunting on the internet I could not find an answer to this extremely slow connection speed.
I have a Netgear Wireless G USB network adaptor which decided to test with the Netgear “Push to Connect functionality”.
So I opened up the web page for the modem router and selected the “Add a WPS Client” function. Selected the next button and attempted to connect the USB network adaptor. What resulted was that a couple of “fails” (Windows reported failed to connect). But, finally I had a connection with the USB adaptor.
What I’d achieved at the same time was to get the Dell Mini Card to connect at N speeds at the same time. See below taken from the Windows Task Manager.
Why did it work?
I wish I new! I’ve a couple of hypothesises as to what has happened. I am certain that I tried to get the “Push To Connect” to work before and no success. So, one of the following (or a combination of them) may be the reason as to why it is not working successfully. My measure of successfully is that after a reboot the connection is re-established at the 130Mbps speed. Alternatives explanations:
- Perseverance has been rewarded. Simply put, I finally fluked it!
- The USB has installed something “Netgear friendly” into the device driver stack. This is a possibility which I cannot discount.
This post continues my series on my Windows 7 upgrade. Previous post: Upgrading my Network – Post Windows 7. This post is about the scanning function on my inkjet printer, which was working under Vista, but now was failing.
The scanning function was not working when I ran it from the printer, or when I used the software on my machine. When running it on my machine it came back with the following options.
- The lock switch was engaged, or
- The unit was not connected to the network.
- To check that the lock was not engaged is a simple enough visual check. To prove it was not the problem, I used the printers copy function. Which is in reality a scan and print operation on the printer (no network required).
- To check that the network could see the printer, a simple print from anything on the machine was enough to refute the second proposition in the error message dialogue.
Which left me with not suggested alternative, to remedy the situation. Bit of a dead end? So, out with Google, and see what the internet had to offer about scanning not working. Whilst, I did not find anything which directly addressed my issue, there were things about Windows 7 drivers for MP970 printer.
After a bit of downloading, and installing, a range of new Window 7 drivers and associated software (the printer comes with lots of utilities for different functions), I had the scanning function up and running again.
This post is a continuation of the saga of my Windows 7 upgrade. Previous Post – Upgrading to Windows 7 – More complicated that it should have been. This part of the saga should be the report on the successful upgrade to a new 802.11n wireless modem/router. Well, I hoping that things will sort themselves out when I reboot the machine.
I’ve ended up going for a Netgear DGN2000. Setting up the modem/ADSL side of things worked fine. But having a print of the old ADSL modems setting was necessary. The set up routine had one “annoying” property, it wanted the computer doing the set up connected to the unit via an cat 6 cable. So, one mercy dash to the mall, and 5 meters of cat 6 later, I had the setup completed.
Then the fun started. Getting the wireless network link up and running. This was a real “head banger” of a problem. Sill, not quire sure how the resulting combination is correct. The UI for the modem/router for the wireless links is “less then helpful”, not sure when the setting I chose are truly active, and when they are not. The other problem is the nomenclature between windows network device setting, and the modem are not consistent.
The other problem could have been trying to make the 11n connection, while the Ethernet net connection was active (and connected). This seemed to cause problems with making the connection, and with the built-in diagnostics. The windows diagnostics, seemed to get “lost” when there was an active Ethernet connection. I finally made the connection with the Ethernet unplugged.
The Residual Problems
At the moment I’m still running on the cat 6 connection to the router, and the internet. Why? Because the wireless was giving me 1MBps transfer speed. The intention of this upgrade from and 802.11g modem/router, was to get better than 54Mbps. At the moment I’ve achieved a great step backwards, speed wise!
Hopefully, a reboot (shutdown this evening, and start up tomorrow, will resolve this problem.
I’ve had a careful browse inside the modem/router configurations and nothing looks like it should be switched. The logs do not show anything “wrong”, so if the reboot does not fix the problem it will be some trawling the internet for clues.