Wireless N and WHS RRS feed

  • Question

  • Has anyone else had this problem? I have a Acer Aspire 5535 (64 bit)(brand new with 32 bit Vista) with a a/b/n wireless card that I connected to my WHS network. I was able to install the connector software and back up the laptop. I did have to put the server IP address in the Acer's HOSTS file,  but it works.

    I was using WEP encryption on the router and the router is set up to broadcast at b/g/n speeds.
    I set the router to broadcast at N speeds only, but did not change the encryption.

    The wireless card could see the SSID, but could not connect to it at all.

    I finally changed the encryption to WPA2 set the the router at N speeds only, set the router to broadcast at 20mhz only and was able to connect at N speeds to the network.
    At that point the WHS connector icon showed as green and connected
    I left the laptop on overnight to let it back up to the WHS server.
    Got up the next morning, all of the other machines had backed up.
    The connector software on the Acer was gray (showing that the machine was disconnected from the WHS), it was not backed up, and I could not connect to the WHS server until I changed the router back to b/g speeds only.

    Since I made the change in the router, the Acer has stayed connected to the WHS server and did a full manual back up

    Any suggestions on how to use Wireless N and teh WHS back up?
    • Edited by TP 2 Wednesday, June 17, 2009 4:09 AM
    Wednesday, June 17, 2009 4:08 AM

All replies

  • Is there a reason shown for the backups failure? If its something like "the network connection timed out" - then it's an instability in your wireless N network. I don't think its any fault of WHS, you may need to talk to your router's manufacturer and/or wireless card manufacturer
    Wednesday, June 17, 2009 6:53 PM
  • WEP encryption is not only not secure by todays standards (has been broken years ago with ease), but in practice gave also terrible compatibility experiences. So it may well be, that the network driver of the Acer and the router do not harmonize with WEP. I recommend to leave WPA2 as encryption method, because using WEP has to be considered not much better than an unencrypted connection.
    There are other possible reasons for your network connection breaking, maybe power save settings of the network adapter or the laptop (often after Standby or Hibernate WLAN adapters do not properly reestablish connection), maybe some nightly WLAN off configuration in the router.
    You may also wish to check for the most current network drivers (maybe at the maker of the WLAN adapter chip) and for the most up to date firmware for your router.
    Try also other WLAN channels, especially if there are other WLANs visible in the neighbourhood, overlapping the same range.
    Best greetings from Germany
    Wednesday, June 17, 2009 8:08 PM