Newbie (1 Posts)
3/28/2007 8:24:57 PM
"MEDIA DISCONNECTED" error on "ipconfig"....
After quite a bit of research and trouble-shooting, and a happy co-incidence on another system, I realized that "media disconnected" does NOT mean there is a problem with either your PC/laptop, wireless adapter, or router. All it means is that even though the wireless card can "see" the signal, it can't "read" the signal in a meaningful way to communicate with the source.
In my experience. this is simply caused by the router broadcasting in a mode that the wireless adapter on the PC/laptop can't decipher. (Sometimes this is caused by simply updating firmware on your router, or switching to a different router.)
Things to do:
1) Verify what kind of wireless card/adapter you have: a, b, g, b/g/a, N, etc.
2) Check the broadcast mode on your router. If you have a "wireless-b" card, you need to be broadcasting in either "b-only", "mixed b/g", or "mixed" mode. Note: Sometimes the "mixed" modes don't work; and to support a "b" card, for example, you might have to broadcast in "b-only". Try each of the applicable possibilities until you get the highest common denominator that works on all of your wireless devices.
3) If there are several wireless signals within range, make sure interference is not causing problems. If you see several signals in the available networks list, I would suggest changing the channel to something other than 6 (the default) on both the router and wireless adapter and making sure you have a unique ssid (in case your neighbor has the exact same router).
4) If your laptop/PC still doesn't automatically connect, refresh the list of networks and try the usual steps. It should now work.
Note: Be meticulous on this. Don't @ssume anything.
Moving from my SMC-b router to a Belkin pre-N "broke" my wireless card and it said "media disconnected". Moving back to my SMC router did NOT automatically solve the problem. But many months later, with a new Linksys N router, I decided to try again and changing my broadcast mode corrected it in seconds. I have had similar experiences correcting connections on other systems by simply stepping the mode down to match the problem device.