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October 25, 2005, 6:43 pm
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office. It is a Tecra 8200 which has a mini-PCI slot and WiFi antenna
installed. After a previous good experience with the Z-Com/Xterasys XG-600
card in another Toshiba machine, I bought another one for this model.
One hitch - the antenna connectors on the card are positioned such that
only the closest one can be connected to one of the antenna leads.
So this leaves one antenna socket unconnected.
The problem - and I suspect this is the reason - is that I cannot
join my Infrastructure-mode wireless network - one which I have several
other wireless clients already configured. We're using WEP and I have the
correct key entered.
Using either WinXP's wireless configuration applet, or the utility that
comes with the card, I can do a site survey and find multiple sites,
including mine. Received signal strength is excellent. But I cannot join
my home network using the same settings that work on every other machine
in the house. I suspect it is because the connector that is too far away
to be attached is the TRANSMIT antenna port.
So I need to extend the Hirose U-FL cable by 1/4 inch or so. I've tried
releasing the little clamp that holds it in place and pulling gently, but
there is no slack. Any ideas?
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