Not sure how much the below will help because you stated that the connection works fine via ethernet physically connected as apposed to obviously a wireless connection but just so all the protocols etc are set back to defaults you could try :
1. Reset tcp/ip stack ( as per the below MS KB ) :
How to reset Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)
2. Reset the winsock settings ( as per below article )
Repair/Reset Winsock settings
netsh winsock reset catalog
3. Reset the Hosts file
How can I reset the Hosts file back to the default?
Also make sure the WLAN NIC in the IP settings ( presumably IPv4 ) does not have any static or manual ip address settings set, if so set back to DHCP ( obviously ).
The other only thing I can think of is to ( seeing as it is 4 years old I presume there is no warranty on said laptop ) so you should be able to find a guide via google to take the laptop apart to a degree just so you can get access to where the wireless card is and
1. Disconnect the wires / aerial cables ( whatever you want to call them ) and make a note of which cable connects to which connector on the wireless card, take the wireless card out and reseat it just to make sure its seated firmly and correctly.
2. take off the wired connectors and plug them back on just to make sure they are attached correctly.
Put the laptop back together and power on and try again ??
Just wondering how you are getting on with this
They have disappeared on holiday for a month!
Originally Posted by mac_shinobi
I will continue with this when they get back.
Thanks everyone :D
Forgot to mention I normally do all 3 of the above and then it requires a reboot / restarting windows before the changes take effect ( at least for the resetting of winsock settings and resetting tcp/ip settings. ) Most likely a given obvious :)
Well touch wood I've solved this with my win7 laptop, latest nic driver and changed the power settings to never put the laptop to sleep a long with the usual uncheck "allow the computer to put this device to sleep" for the wireless nic.
Which channels have you tried? I have always gone for channel 13 and this seems to be interference free as most standard routers go for lower channels...
Have you tried looked at which channels are in in use around them with inSSIDer?
As requested, an update.
Since they have been back from holiday the wireless has worked flawlessly.
Also I want all the hours back I spent troubleshooting it for it just to fix itself *mumble* *grumble*
Just wondering if 02 or ISP have secretly pushed out a firmware update for the router ( assuming its the same router that 02 gave them originally ) ??
Originally Posted by sparkeh
I know virgin media are always pushing out firmware updates to the super hubs. Just a question if you can remember the original firmware version before you came back to find out it works fine.
It's sad that the parental control features are gone, but the Linksys WRT54G *does* have a logging feature in its firmware. It's not a specific parental control feature, in that it doesn't allow you to block sites or anything, but if the log is activated then you can see all inbound and outbound connections. It has a simple interface and works very well --- I've used it for a couple of years now to keep an eye on things in my house. The WRT54G is a solid router and is still for sale pretty much everywhere. Good luck!