hi.when both PC's were 98se, no problem.. now the laptop is XP it will not network.., so for the hundredth time i will start again..the little icon which lands up next to the clock, red for no network, green for all systems go..mine flashes red and green, what i need to know, should it be green all the time even if the desktop PC is not set up.. or does it change colour when it sees another PC.. does any of that make sense?..
If you double click the icon and bring up the link info screen does this show a connection? I use this card and find that if my laptop goes to standby the icon stays red on re-awakening despite the wireless link working fine. It may or may not go green again at random so I would think there may be some software glitches at work here. If your desktop pc is not on and you have no other wireless access points or routers then it should remain red as there is no network for it to discover. If you click on the site survey you should find the signal from your desktop (having switched it on) which you can then connect to. I find that as well as setting properties in the Linksys software you also need to set the adapter properties thru Windows as well. Open network connections, highlight the card and right click to properties then enter SSID and channel number. Set up is easier if you leave WEP security disabled until you have a working wireless network first as its one more thing to inadvertantly enter different settings on each machine.