First off, let me say that I do not have alot of computer knowledge. I can't get technical, but I can tell you a little bit about what is going on with my connection. Anyhow, I moved into a house with 3 others and they had a wireless router set up and running. I installed a Cisco Aironet 350 series PCI wireless card in my desktop (Dell 4600) back in 2001 and when I turned my computer on, it had no issue connecting to the internet. After playing games online, I noticed that I was getting alot of lag and I asked one of my roomates why we didn't have a password on our wireless network and he said it was because our router was so old that it was not possible. So anyhow, I had a Linksys G router from my previous residence and we decided to replace the old router with that one. Well, since we wanted our security to be a little better than WEP, we decided to move up to WPA-PSK.
Well, needless to say, everyone elses computer and my laptop computer has no issue connecting to our secured network, but my desktop does. The Cisco card was so old and outdated that I couldn't even select WPA security......so I bought a new card (Encore 802.11g wireless PCI adapter model ENLWI-G2) for about $15 that would support the security. After this was installed, I had connection but the internet was very, very slow.....and my computer would freeze periodically for 10 seconds or so. Now, it won't even connect at all. It shows our network as "excellent" signal strength but fails to connect for some reason.
I'm thinking that my Encore wireless card is the reason why I am having issues.....or is it something else, because I can connect to the internet on my laptop when I'm only 5' away from my desktop and the internet is very fast. If this does sound like a wireless card issue, then what card do y'all reccommend? I know it's probably best if I just hard wire my desktop to the router, but due to my location in the house, it's not possible. Let me know what y'all think. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
Edited by repieces, 20 April 2009 - 08:00 PM.