There is a mountion of threads on almost every WLAN conceivable setup. Much has been written. The new Sony WL100 driver may help considerably.
Some helpful links: Sony's Mobile Connection Wizard: http://www.ita.sel.sony.com/bin/sup...ST_MCW104US.EXE Sony support and WL100 Driver: http://www.ita.sel.sony.com/support/clie/ WiFi HotSync settings and setup:
There is an error in the web page below, it should be LANSync, not Local HotSync. http://www.otakunozoku.com/wifihotsync/ Sony WiFi Support Page: http://ciscweb.sel.sony.com/tpm/media/pegs1420.shtml
Hot Spot Info Links: http://www.wi-fizone.org/zoneLocator.asp?TID=7
ClieSource Links Currently Broken: http://www.cliesource.com/forums/se...rder=descending http://www.cliesource.com/forums/se...rder=descending
This should keep one busy for awhile... Enjoy
If DHCP and Auto Settings don't work, please see below. Router:
Long Preamble The latest WL100 driver will handle Short Preamble too.
AP Mode = Access Point In the Clie:
SSID = is case sensitive.
WEP KEY = HEX key only, Hex entered manually, especially with Linksys! ! !
(found that on the Linksys site) No Paraphrase, use Hex Key settings from router.
Infrastructure Mode Under Advanced setup:
Clie = all settings manual, especially with Linksys! ! !
(IP, Subnet mask, Gateway, DNS, and PowerSaveMode unchecked)
This is for a straight Cable Modem Setup and using Windows XP.
There are many variations, depending on internet connection type (DSL, Cable, Dialup), your Internet Service Provider, and the desktop computer operating system. The Gateway and DNS addressing is connection type specific. Running 54G requires mixed mode operation. Always check for the latest firmware download. Dial-up's may require bridging or ICS.
For Windows XP ICF Firewall, use service port 14238 for WiFi HotSync.
Have you used Sony's network wizard and have you installed the latest WL100 driver? Below was authored by mjhamilton
can you do the following 2 things after opening 'Prefs' then 'Network' and hit connect.
1 - Pull Down menu, 'Options/Log'... type ping xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx where the x's represent the IP address of your router/gateway. Then hit return on the keypad (not done)... you should now see some text go by... does the IP address respond?.. if not then there may be an issue with WEP security or DHCP from your gateway!!.... one point to note.. if you are using WEP security on a Netgear router you have the chance to use 1 of 4 keys... the CLIE will only work if you choose key 1!!
2 - if the above works then we need to test for DNS resolution. Go through the same process but this time select you favorite website name instead of IP address.. ie type 'ping www.yahoo.com/
and hit the return key on the keypad. Do you get a response??... if not then you will need to enter you DNS addresses manually into the CLIE WLAN setup.
Try these and let us know how you get on.... if they don't work then the next step will be to setup manual IP settings.... don't be fooled by the line that 'Connecting Wireless' when you hit the connect button, this will say connected even if the WEP key is wrong.....
Unfortunately the WLAN driver is very basic and a pain to troubleshoot Example of a typical DSL setup:
LAN: (network side of router)
IP address: 192.168.2.1
Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0
DHCP Server: Enabled
WAN: (modem side of router)
IP address: 192.168.1.2 (this address was assigned to the router by the DSL modem)
Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway: 192.168.1.1 (this is the modem address)
The router should assign IP addresses as follows:
192.168.2.2 (first device address requested)
192.168.2.3 (second device address requested)
192.168.2.4 (third device address requested)
192.168.2.5 (forth device address requested)
and so on....
Hubs are just basically repeaters. Any packet that comes in from one connection (port) is just repeated out all of the other connections. This wastes bandwidth, but is very cheap and needs no configuration. They just work.
Switches are "smart" hubs. They know what machines are connected to each connection. That way, when a packet comes in on one connection, it's only forwarded to the connection that leads to the machine the packet is destined for. This means that the switch must inspect every packet as it comes in, decode the destination address, and then forward it to the correct port. This means that switches have processors in them.
Routers "route" packets between two networks. It's like a switch in that the packet is only forwarded to the correct connection, but it also allows connecting two different networks.
What you want whenever you connect a home network to the Internet (via a cable modem, for example) is a router. The Internet is one network, and your home network is also a network. You'd like them to not get mixed together.
This has several advantages:
1) You can connect several PCs through one connection (share), without having to leave a PC on.
2) The router will provide a measure of protection from nasties on the Internet. The only device easily visible from the Internet side is your router.
3) Traffic from one of your machine to another of your machines will not be visible outside your network. It will stay within your local network. This is a major feature of routers.
In your case, I would suggest you replace your current hub with the Linksys device you asked about. The cable modem will plug into the "WAN" port, and your other machines will plug into the LAN ports, instead of into your current hub.
FYI: You can "daisy-chain" switches together if you need more than the four connections that the Linksys device provides. You can even use your current hub if necessary.
The only tricky thing might be that the location of your current hub might turn out to be a poor location for a wireless access point. You might end up with "dead" spots in your house if this new Linksys device ended up not being centrally location.
I believe that this will solve your problem, and your ISP will not have any way of knowing you have multiple computers attached.