Several people on this forum kindly helped me to get my wireless network running sort of reliably a few weeks ago, but I still have trouble getting it to connect when I first switch on the computer. Here's the situation: I run Windows XP Home SP2. I have a Belkin 54Mbps router with built-in adsl modem plugged into my primary phone socket, and a Belkin USB adapter fitted to the computer. The protocol is 802.11g. Both the router and the adapter are running with the latest driver software, downloaded from Belkin. I never switch the router off. When I turn on the computer, 9 times out of 10 I get the report "Unable to connect to wireless network". I restart the machine and it connects OK. Occasionally it will connect first time, and occasionally it takes two restarts to get a connection. But it almost always takes one computer restart to fire it up. Needless to say, this is bl**dy irritating! Has anyone please got any suggestions as to why it virtually never connects first time?
Is your wireless connection managed by Windows (Wireless Zero Configuration) or the adapters own software. I had a delay when Windows managed mine until I changed to the adapters own software which picks the network up very quickly.
Does it get as hot as a Belkin, or is it fairly cool?
You could warm your tea on mine after it has been on for a while, so I would be a little uncomfortable with leaving it on all the time. You may also have read the FE's comment, made in December, that routers are best switched off when unused for a while.
No not hot, it stands on its side so that helps keep it cool.
Like I say, mines been on for 12 months, I like to know how stable my network is and wouldn't know if I kept switching it off every night. If I was away I would probably switch it off but normally I use the connection every day. PC is turned off at night.