9 Replies Latest reply: Aug 31, 2007 3:13 PM by saptech
saptech Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi all. I currently switched from using cable internet to DSL(AT&T). ON the cable internet I had my dlink wireless router, DI-524 connected to my tower pc, using Linux & XP with no problems at all.

Now that I've setup the router on my G4 mini mac, it seems to have problems with the connection dropping after awhile of surfing.

Any suggestions/ideas on what could be causing the dropping or a solution on fixing it?

DSL modem is an ethernet Seimens Speedstream 4100B model.

Thnx.

G4 Mac Mini - 1.42 ghz, Mac OS X (10.3.9)
  • saptech Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Sorry, I forgot to mention that the dsl modem worked fine when it was connected to the mac mini without the router.

    It looks like the wireless router is the one losing connection. When I went to bed and getting back to this, no connection, but after resetting the router, the internet is working again.

    Thnx.
  • saptech Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Well, I believe I have solved my problem. After reconnecting the dsl modem straight into the computer, I was able to find the modem's setup page and read that it is setup for IP 192.168.0.1 and I needed to set the router's IP to 192.168.1.1. Since doing this, I haven't had any more drop connections so far.

    Now to install the wireless nic into my tower system and see how it will turn out.

    Thnx.
  • saptech Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Ok guys, I have hooked up the wireless nic to my tower and to test it, I am using Win XP and debian linux. All is well in wireless landless.

    One problem I've noticed. When I go into dlink's setup screen, I'm not able to set security, WEP or WPA, it won't stay when I make changes.

    Any ideas on this?

    Also, if I want to use Mac filtering for security, how would I go about doing it?
  • AndyO Level 6 Level 6 (17,045 points)
    It's not going to be particularly useful to seek help with a D-Link product here. To be sure, some Mac owners use these routers, but without specific knowledge of that particular model, it would really only be possible to give you broad and general advice on it.

    You might, therefore, find a better line of assistance at the D-Link site (http://www.dlink.com/) and from the instructions/user guide for your specific device. If you don't have the instruction/user guide for your device, you should be able to access it there.

    That said, having used a D-Link 604 for some time, and not had any issue with setting security, I'd be surprised if your unit were not capable of this. In the security screen when you access the router, there should be a button to save or confirm changes which you need to click once you have set the security type (WPA is more secure than WEP) and the required password.

    Likewise, with MAC address filtering, though beware that when setting this, you will need to specify the MAC address of your system (specifically the interface you use to connect it, so if wifi, the MAC of the system's wireless card) at the outset, otherwise once set, you won't be allowed access to change it!

    D-Link user guides are not the best written in the world, but are reasonably easy to follow.
  • saptech Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Yes it is able to set encryption but for some reason, mine won't stay when I clik 'Apply' to save the changes. I have noticed if I don't make any changes and click the 'apply' button, it restarts the router.

    Thanks for the reply.
  • AndyO Level 6 Level 6 (17,045 points)
    While it's not much help to you, the reason I took my D-link router out of service was that it tended to behave somewhat erratically. It didn't refuse to save settings changes, but it would reset and force a new ISP login at frustratingly increasing regularity!

    Have you set (and are using) the admin user and password? I can't imagine being able to access the configuration pages without doing so, but lack of admin rights in the most glaring possibility in terms of not saving settings after a config change. Also, check the firmware is up to date. D-link have issued a range of firmware updates for most of their products over time, and it may be that yours needs an update. Updates are typically done via the router itself.
  • saptech Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have updated the firmware, and do log in using the admin & password. I'm not sure why it won't save the encryption settings I make, seems that is only place it doesn't save.

    I did email Dlink and still haven't heard from them yet.

    Thnx.
  • AndyO Level 6 Level 6 (17,045 points)
    If you do get an answer from them, please let us know what they say!
  • saptech Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Sure will...