06-21-2011 07:19 PM - edited 06-21-2011 07:32 PM
Downloaded the zip file, extracted to a folder and went into device mgr and selected Update Driver and navigated to the new folder. This is what I get:
"The best driver software for your device is already installed.
Windows has determined the driver software for your device is up to date."
FWIW - I'm using WPA2-PSK [AES] security. Xoom and iPad2 (and macbook) all connect without issue.
06-21-2011 08:41 PM - edited 06-21-2011 08:59 PM
See my above post and download and use Vistumbler. Does Vistumbler find your wireless router?
Check to be sure that your PC is using the correct SSID name.
06-22-2011 09:20 AM
What do the strength bars show in the lower right hand corner of the task bar? Do you see a red X?
You can click on the strength bars and then use the network troubleshooter to diagnose the problem.
BTW, how far away is the wireless router? For test, place the wireless router or PC in close proximity to each other.
06-22-2011 09:46 AM
The pc is about 40' away from the router. It's a straight shot to the pc from the router, obstructed only by a thin wall (not load bearing) with the pc's wifi antenna right at the edge of the wall. I'll try moving it closer this evening, and may even run a LAN wire from the router to the pc to see what my speeds are. Any better and I'll work on a more permanent solution. Is there any way to force the Atheros driver update instead of Windows ASSuming I'm using the latest and greatest?
My signal on the 2.4ghz band is excellent on this pc, about 4 bars I believe. The ssid for my 5ghz band doesn't reflect when searching for nearby networks. My Xoom receives about 3-4 bars on the 5ghz band while placed next to the PC.
I'm not opposed to purchasing new hardware (if this is even an option with the desktop, not sure if the wifi is built as part of the motherboard). If you're aware of something that'll play nicely with the desktop/router, I'm all ears.
Thanks again for taking the time to assist.
06-22-2011 10:13 AM - edited 06-22-2011 10:22 AM
Hi ho silver,
If the wall contains metal air vents then you could be in trouble.
Yes, installing the driver is a pain. I tried this on one of my PCs and ended up uninstalling and removing the driver then installing the latest driver. If you should decide to try this then be sure to have the older driver loaded to the desktop and be sure to make a Windows restore point in case something goes badly. Murphy's law could jump up and bite you.
BTW, check your antenna connections.
06-22-2011 06:11 PM
Yep, both bands are set to broadcast SSID.
Once I get my younger 2 kids to bed (8pm est here in Pittsburgh) I'm going to work on moving the router closer, messing with hard wiring, reinstalling drivers, etc. I'll report back on my findings (hopefully tonight).
06-22-2011 07:31 PM - edited 06-22-2011 08:34 PM
I think we got it figured out. I dropped the channel number down from 153 to 44 on the 5ghz band and out of no where, it showed up as a found network (2 bars though, need to work on ext. the antenna). Not sure what relevance the ch. number has but it's working. I ran a few tests off of speedtest.net on IE8 and came up with the following:
I ran a LAN line down from the router directly to the PC and came up with download #'s in the 20Mbps range. Ultimately, I might look into running one permanently but for now, I can move onto the next project (red ring of death on another xbox 360, time to remove more x-clamps).
Thanks again for your help Dave, much appreciated!