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Note this may pertain to all brands of wireless network adapters:
We have found when using XP with any wireless network adapter the adapter may loose power at times or may not have power after boot up. To fix this problem,
1. Right click on My Computer and select Properties.
2. Click on the Hardware tab and then on Device Manager.
3. Locate the "Microsoft Broadband Networking Wireless USB Adapter" and
double click on it.
4. On the Power Management tab, uncheck "Allow the computer to turn off this
device to save power".
5. After the changes are made reboot the system and test. 

How to Configure Windows XP TCP/IP Settings Home Networks General
http://www.homenethelp.com
Home PC Networks
http://www.homepcnetwork.com

How Home Networking works
http://www.howstuffworks.com/home-network.htm

FAQ Windows95 / 98 / ME / NT4 / 2000 Networking and Trouble Shooting    http://www.wown.com Networking Howto Files
http://www.practicallynetworked.com/howto
Home networking tutorial
http://www.homenethelp.com/web/howto/HomeNet-start.asp

Home Network Security
http://www.cert.org/tech_tips/home_networks.html

Network Basics / Cabling Wireless Network Adapter Intermittently Loses Its Connection to the Server

The Below Networking issues are here: http://www.wown.info/j_helmig/trouble.htm

Testing Connection using 'NET DIAG'
Testing Connection using TCP/IP
Ping works only in ONE direction
FastEthernet and Hubs : Auto Select "Media speed"/"Duplex mode" failing
Network card Diagnostics
Device Manager
Device Manager Codes
What is my IP/Ethernet Address ?
Choosing the proper protocol for MS PC-to-PC: NetBEUI
The IPX Frame Trap
IPX:"Error loading protocol 0, error 254"
Netware Compatible shell is not available
System process - Lost delayed write data
Error Mapping a Drive
Error: "The computer or sharename could not be found"
File and Print Sharing Not Available
I forgot my Password
Display Login-Box without the Name of the last User
Cannot get on Bootup the Logon Window
Dialup-Networking does NOT save the Password
NT DUN/RAS connection terminating quickly/unpredictable
Connecting to the Internet makes the local Intranet/WAN unavailable
Trouble Shooting a DCC Connection
"Connect to" dialog-box on LAN-usage
Error Browsing/Mapping a Drive on an NT System
NT4-Sharenames NOT visible in Windows 95/98
Error:"Unable to browse the Network"
Error: "... is not accessible / The device is not ready"
Error: "Permanent connection not available"
Error: "the network path was not found"
Error:"Invalid Local Drive"
Unable to Browse the NT Server
Windows95 &Windows98 systems do NOT see each other
Windows98 is not able to connect to SAMBA
Windows95 as a Router
Error:"The Network is not accessible"
Error:"The request resource is in use"
Error: "the network name cannot be found"
Error: "This device does not exist on the network"
Error: "Access is denied"
Error: "Unknown Error 31"
Error:"There is not enough storage to complete this operation"
"It takes a long time to shutdown"
Windows98 does NOT shutdown
Tab: "Access Control" is missing
Buttons/Menus for File Sharing missing
Is the Network-Connection "healthy" ?
The Network is slow !
Speed Differences: fast in one direction, slow in the other
Networks require a Common Ground
Checklist: PC not showing up in Network Neighborhood
Network Client-Cache causing data-corruption ?
Possible Data Corruption by Microsoft Network Client
Possible Database File Damage when Data is appended
Windows98 takes a long time to boot
Corruption of TCP/IP information in the NT4 Registry
NT4 - TCP/IP error: "Registry service subkey already exists"
NT4 - TCP/IP error: "Unable to remove name space provider"
Encryption Conflict between IE5.5 and SP6a
ICS error: "Unable to connect because of a configuration error"
ADSL via Network Card : Problems with ADSL Connection (Delays)

>How to Configure Windows XP TCP/IP Settings
A lot of you are new to home networking and this whole TCP/IP thing has a bunch of you in the dumps. Don't feel alone! It doesn't seem that long ago when I didn't know an IP address from a MAC address. It doesn't have to be difficult to set up a home network. Let's take a look at how you configure the TCP/IP settings on a Windows XP computer and consider the implications of the settings:
Click Start and then open the Control Panel.
Make sure the Control Panel is in Classic View and then open the Network Connections applet.
In the Network Connections window, you'll see Local Area Network connections and modem connections. Let's focus on computers that don't have modem connections, and take a closer look at the Local Area Connection settings. The Local Area Connection represents the Network Connection you use to connect to other computers on your network. Right click on the Local Area Connection entry and click the Properties command.
This brings up the Local Area Connection Properties dialog box. Click on the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) entry and click the Properties button.
This brings up the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties dialog box. Notice toward the top of this dialog box that you have two choices: Obtain an IP address automatically and Use the following IP address. The Obtain an IP address automatically option only works if you have something called a "DHCP server" on your network. You probably don't have one of those, but you may have an Internet gateway or Internet router that acts as a DHCP server. You should check your Internet connection device and see if it's set up automatically as a DHCP server. If it is, then select the Obtain an IP address automatically option. If you don't have an Internet connection sharing device, and you don't use ICS (which has its own DHCP server too), then don't select this option.
Select the Use the following IP address option if you don't have a DHCP server. You enter an IP address in the IP address text box. Each computer on the network needs a different IP address, just like each home in your town needs its own address. There are rules regarding which numbers are valid, but you don't need to know them in order to make your network work. In the IP address text box, enter the following number: 192.168.0.x. The x is different for each computer on the network and its value must be between 1 and 254, inclusive. Don't use the same number twice or you'll have problems! In the subnet mask text box, type in 255.255.0.0. This number is always that same and doesn't change from computer to computer. You do not need to enter anything for the default gateway if you don't have an Internet connection. I'll cover how to do things if you have an Internet gateway next week.
You do not need to enter anything in the DNS Server addresses, since it's unlikely that you have a DNS server on your network. Click OK, and then click OK again.
IP address configuration seems difficult at first, but once you get it working it will continue to work. I should note that you don't even need to do this if all the computers on your network support something called "Automatic Private IP Addressing (APIPA)".

> Wireless Network Adapter Intermittently Loses Its Connection to the Server 
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;821400
The information in this article applies to:  Microsoft Windows XP Professional  Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

SYMPTOMS
When you use a wireless network connection to copy large files from a server or to stream data from a server, you may intermittently lose connection to the server.
CAUSE
This behavior may occur if the Wireless Zero Configuration service is enabled on your computer. Some wireless network adapters are not fully compatible with Windows XP Wireless Zero Configuration. By default, the Wireless Zero Configuration is enabled in Windows XP.
RESOLUTION
To resolve this behavior, do both of the following:
Disable the Wireless Zero Configuration service on your computer. To do so:
Click Start, click Control Panel, click Performance and Maintenance, click Administrative Tools, and then click Services.
Double-click the Wireless Zero Configuration service. On the General tab, click Stop. In the Startup type list, click Disabled, and then click OK.

The Wireless Zero Configuration is now disabled and does not reload when you restart your computer.

Install the latest driver for your wireless network adapter. To do so, contact the manufacturer of your wireless network adapter. Microsoft provides third-party contact information to help you find technical support. This contact information may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this third-party contact information.
For information about how to contact the manufacturer of your wireless network adapter, click the appropriate article number in the following list to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
65416 Hardware and Software Third-Party Vendor Contact List, A-K

60781 Hardware and Software Third-Party Vendor Contact List, L-P

60782 Hardware and Software Third-Party Vendor Contact List, Q-Z


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