I just got a new modem/router (Netgear DG834GB), and I cannot make the wireless work. I’ve tried toggling almost any switch and option in the admin interface I’ve found (even these I don’t understand) without any luck. I’m trying it with two notebooks: one Vista and one XP (which has sometimes problems with WPA2 encrypted networks). To be precise I’ve tried:
- Disabling encryption
- Setting the encryption to WEP, WPA, WPA2, ...
- Changing the wireless channel (and making sure that it’s the same on the notebooks)
- Switching the speed mode between g and b+g
This is almost all options the admin interface offers. There are some advanced ones I’m not familiar with (WPS, WDS and some others) which have not also changed anything.
The XP notebook just shows the “Waiting for network ...” message for a long time while the Vista notebook usually says immediately that it cannot connect. I cannot find any logs about the unsuccessful connections, so I have no idea what’s going on.
Given that all routers I’ve seen and setup in my life have usually worked out of the box, and that none of the two notebooks work with this one, I would say the router is broken. But I would like to know whether I’m not missing some standard and known configuration issue or incompatibility.
What are the typical problems when configuring wireless networks? Please let me know your experiences. I hope this question will develop into a common issue checklist.