July 31, 2003
Technical Support

Yesterday I was confronted with a weird technical problem. I'm going to talk about it here so that any other poor bastard faced with the same thing might find it in google.

Martin was having trouble connecting his laptop via wireless to our hub. He has an HP Ze4430 with the W450 54g 802.11g wireless chip built in to the computer. The computer could see the access point and attach, but no traffic would flow.

I tried all kinds of things to get it to work to no avail. I remembered that the day before I had flashed the firmware of the access point and changed the SSID and the channel. Other laptops had no problem connecting afterwards, and with an external card, Martin's laptop connected fine.

I switched the channel back from 11 to 7 and amzingly, the connection worked fine. The 802.11g chip doesn't like channel 11 for some reason. It doesn't make sense, but it's the solution. 802.11g just ain't ready for primetime.


I watched Daredevil tonight on DVD. The movie was good, but lacked that connection that made you feel for the characters. The relationships weren't that believable. As many can attest, I don't demand alot from a movie and are generally forgiving, but Daredevil didn't give me a lot of great things to help overlook the bad things.

Posted by michael at July 31, 2003 10:42 PM