I'm having some problems setting up a new wireless PCI card on a WinXP SP3 PC.
I know that the router is configured correctly. It is a Linksys WRT54GL, using 802.11b/g. Security mode is WPA2 Personal with TKIP+AES encryption. I am able to connect to this fine using my laptop (first gen MacBook with a 802.11g built in card).
The new PCI card is also Linksys, but it supports 802.11n. Card seems to be installed ok (Windows sees it fine, doesn't list any errors in Device Manager), however when it scans for available wireless networks it can't find my wireless network (the router is set to broadcast the SSID).
I tried to enter the network SSID manually, but that didn't seem to help. I chose WPA2-PSK for network authentication. The only options for encryption are TKIP or AES - I've tried both, neither worked. I am sure that I typed in my wireless key correctly.
At this point, I don't think the problem is with encryption, but something else. It almost seems like I need to switch the wireless card into g mode, but I haven't found a way to do that (if that is even possible/necessary - I thought n was fully backwards compatible with g).
Also, the PC is in the same room as the router, and my laptop, so I don't think that it is an interference issue.
Any ideas what I'm doing wrong? I'm running out of things to try at this point. :(
Update, to answer Spiff's questions:
- The antennas are connected and outside of the case, although the back of the PC case is away from the router. Don't think that should matter, though.
- I didn't try putting the PCI card in ad hoc mode. I'll try that in the morning, and update here.
- Both the MacBook and the PCI card are from the US.
- I'll try a different channel and no encryption, and update here.
- Using factory-standard firmware.
- Wireless card can't connect on channels 1, 11, and 6 (my router was originally set to 6). I didn't see an option to set the channel on the card, only to turn on/off auto channel select (which was disabled, enabling didn't change anything). I was in the properties for the card itself (right click wireless connection, Properties, press Configure, click on Advanced tab).
- Disabling encryption didn't help.
- How do I connect to the PC via ad hoc mode? Do I scan for wireless networks on the MacBook, to see if the PC shows up in the list?