Intermittent wireless with Vista

  lenc 18:38 01 Jul 2007
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My wireless network, BT Voyager 2110 modem/router with 1040 PCI cards, has worked fine with XP and W98. The 98 machine has just been replaced with a new Vista (Home Premium) machine. The PCI wireless card installed fine with the Vista Broadcomm driver. Vista requires that the SSID is visible in order to find and connect to a wireless network. (Done that.) However, in general, the wireless connection only lasts for a few minutes. Occasionally, the connection might last for 1/2 an hour but then only for a minute or two (again). Throughout this, the XP machine remains without problems or difficulty. Is this familar to anyone? Any suggestions as to a cause or a cure? Would a different card, or USB wireless card, make a difference?
Grateful for any ideas,
Len

  Forum Editor 19:45 01 Jul 2007

of a hardware or driver incompatibility, or both. The problem is that I can't be sure, and neither can you, until and unless you try another wireless adapter - one that's guaranteed to work with Vista.

Network adapters are pretty simple devices, and usually they work well, but occasionally there's a driver issue with wireless adapters.

That's about all I can say, really. I know it's not much help, but I can't see an alternative - try another adapter, preferably a PCI one.

  mgmcc 20:29 01 Jul 2007

I'm sure the Forum Editor is right, but it wouldn't do any harm to try setting a different Channel number in the router's wireless settings to see if that helps with the problem.

  lenc 19:14 02 Jul 2007

Of all the spare bits I've got, a PCI wireless card is not among them. I had considered trying a USB card, the Vista PC is only 8-10 meters away from the router. We also tried changing channels and only a few alternatives work. The router supplier has suggested restoring the factory settings and starting agin, which sounds more hopeful than likely. For now we're using a cable to the Vista machine (whilst waiting for a driver upgrade to the card) which somewhat defeats the purpose of wireless!
Thanks anyway,
Len

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