View Full Version : How do you know if your 802.11b card has a hardware or a software problem?

23-01-2004, 07:39 PM
Bought one yesterday that slots into USB (ZyAIR B-220).

Doesn't seem to work.

Checked out Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 313242, didn't help.

Behaviour of software associated with it seems pretty erratic, sometimes shows in systray sometimes doesn't.

Checked through WinXP (=OS on both machines) it wasn't able to detect any conflicts - claimed all drivers were installed ok and claimed that both devices were working properly (on the other hand, this WinXp won't restore very well to previous restore points, and seems pretty unstable (eq. Windows Explorer has suffered an unexpected/unknown problem and has to close etc. etc.)

Checked over Google, didn't find much.

So, in general, quite apart from this specific case, how do you find out if your wireless peer-to-peer setup is able to work, and if it doesn't, how do you pin down which machine is the culprit, and whether it is a hardware or a software problem?

24-01-2004, 09:41 AM
A quick hardware swap would eliminate it as being a faulty unit, even a loaner would do.
Or testing it on another network, but I don't think you're ready for that.

24-01-2004, 01:58 PM
Here is a website that could help you. http://www.nzwireless.org/

24-01-2004, 01:59 PM
Sorry have to say this it could be time for a reinstall of windows to.

Graham L
24-01-2004, 02:51 PM
ethereal might help. It will try to set up the device and listen for others within range.