12-08-2011 09:06 AM
The exclamation point in device manager is good. What I would do from here is this: Unplug the adapter. Hit "scan for hardware changes" in device manager and the adapter should disappear hopefully. With the adapter still unplugged, run the setup file for the driver. It should install and then prompt you to plug in the device. Once plugged in, the software should find the device and setup should continue.
I am guessing at most of this as I run XP and also because I download the driver directly from Ralink. I assume that your driver is the same, but have no way to confirm it.
My wife runs Win 7 64 bit. If you still have problems, I'll install it on her computer and I can give more accurate info.
12-08-2011 09:08 AM - edited 12-08-2011 09:15 AM
Ok, I must thank you KoRnGtL15, I finally could update the driver.
I tried and tried, but then suddenly got this windows:
I never got that window before, even though I always did exactly the same steps..
So I could finally update the driver and it looks like this now:
Identically like yours now. And even though it first would't connect to the internet, it now gives my 2 bars of connection. Whereas it used to give me 0 or 1!
So, in that case, it's an improvement.
Though there is still the problem of internet loss hiccups. I did a speedtest run and still saw a slow connection + loss of internet for a few seconds every 10 seconds, as seen in the little graph:
Hiccup at beginning and at the end.
More unstability here:
So I guess it will work a bit better now, but other problems still remain.
I can live with the slow speed, but the loss of internet every few seconds is really annoying.
Unless all of this changes after time.
But still, a BIG thanks to KoRnGtL15!!
12-08-2011 09:23 AM - edited 12-08-2011 09:27 AM
Good to see you got it going! As for those few remaining issues you have. After installing the driver. Did you reboot? I have a Linksys E4200 router using 5GHz band with that adapter. Zero problems with speed or disconnections. It is rock stable. Few notes. If you are using 5GHz band. Best to set Channel Width: 40MHz and Channel: Auto. If you are using the 2.4GHz band. Best to use Network Mode: Wireless G-Only Channel Width: 20MHz Channel: 1,6 or 11. Also. This tool here is free and also a major help trying to find optimal channels in the neighborhood. http://www.metageek.net/products/inssider/ Specifically for the 2.4GHz band as it is always crowded. 5GHz band not so much.
12-08-2011 09:31 AM
You're welcome. I might suggest that the internet is not a good way to test the throughput of the adapter as problems may be caused by other equipment, such as your router, or your internet provider. If you have the ability, it would be better to copy a very large file, or group of files, such as a movies, between two of your own computers. That would give you a much more accurate idea of how the adapter performs. Even then, if you are going through a router, the router may be the source of the bottleneck. I currently run at about 5 megabytes throughput. Though my router is wireless N, it is an older version that may not operate in the 5GHz frequency. I am replacing it today with a more modern router and hope to get better throughput. It's just a thought.
12-08-2011 09:54 AM - edited 12-08-2011 09:55 AM
Thanks again for your reply!
I rebooted my pc and I'm afraid the problems still exist. It's weird though, it seems I don't have any internet, but that program inSSIDer keeps logging a connection:
This was logged when I couldn't connect to the internet at all. So at the bottom right there was a yellow exclamation mark, telling me I couldn't connect to the internet. But sites were still trying to load and this program kept logging. Only when I plugged the linksys out of the usb socket, the program stopped logging and the triangle exclamation changed to a red cross.
I am using a 2.4GHz band, but I can't change to wireless g-only. This is all I can do:
It seems to me that channel 1 is the best (gives the most connection bars)
So now I'm on my 20 meter long cable again, and I love the stability. But the wireless is totally different, I can't really explain the feeling, but it's like a fake china brand.
12-08-2011 09:58 AM
It maybe true that the internet isn't a good way of testing, but when I sit at exactly the same spot with a 4 year old laptop, the internet connection is superb. It is as good as internet with ethernet cable.
So I still think the adapter is the problem.
12-08-2011 10:44 AM
As stated, I use XP, but this may be the same in Win 7: In device manager, right click the adapter and choose "properties". In the properties window, there may be an "advanced" tab or something similar. That should hopefully give you access to some of the more advanced settings of the driver, such as maybe band, channel, and what flavor of wireless you prefer.
Also, just because you can sit at the same spot with a laptop and different adapter and get consistent internet, that does not eliminate the other possible sources of problems. It is still quite possible that the router simply does not communicate well with the adapter. I have a Linksys Wireless N router, but it is not from the "AE" series, and I think that part of my throughput limitations may be caused by that. That is the reason that I am updating.
Concerning your other problem, it seems more like a firewall issue than a problem with the adapter. If you have a connection, but no internet, it is most likely that either Windows or your router is not permitting the adapter to connect outside of your network.
12-09-2011 02:14 PM
Changing any of the settings didn't work. I looked at firewall as well, and the problems remain the same. I even switched off the firewall.
I guess the problems are back to where they started hmm.
Maybe I just have a faulty one.