last week .... argh
before last week, my wireless seemed to work fine. i would get signal, and if i was lucky and prayed, i'd get some packets
now... its taken a turn for the worse.
i will admit to connecting to an unknown router in an unknown undisclosed location.
i think i know where the signal is coming from (the general direction) but i cannot be sure. my friend lives down the way.. .about half a block from where i do, and he connects to the same unencrypted linksys access point i do. he gets much better signal there, and can actually get the benefits of their cable internet. (whereas i'd be lucky to run AIM :\ .. not that i am complaining or anything. about the 17th/18th of march, my wireless wouldnt connect to a dns server or wins server... i thought it weird, but figured it could be solved with a quick disable/enable combo. Boy was i mistaken. I recall something like this occurring randomly before in the past. I dont know what brought this on, but before, it was when i "repaired" the connection, it would jump the packet count by 3, but not function as internet/viable connection.
now i dont know... i tightened the connection to my airlink antenna (7 dbi gain) and it froze my Dell. No blue screens as i was accustomed to, just freezing.
so i restarted. stuff happened. i remember a week where it wouldnt function at all, because the darned antenna was in it. anyway
i was suffering from really fast connections to a network that didnt exist. i wasnt getting a dns or wins server. im pretty sure i've tried most everything in the book. i have not busted out any cmd prompt ipconfig or cool stuff.
i have disabled it, uninstalled it from device manager(because it was giving me this conflict junk (after i restarted and removed the antenna, everything was back to normal... sorta, i still couldnt connect or get wins/dns servers)
i have taken it out, and reinstalled it... still giving me this super fast connect with packets streaming in from nowhere
it used to work fine...now, not at all
(i have yet to collaborate with my linksys friend, as we are on spring break, he is prolly with his dad, where wireless internet cannot reach him)
what is the diagnosis?