Installing Wireless NIC

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I am trying to install a Belkin 802.11g wireless network card in a computer that is running Windows XP. I have followed all the instructions to the letter, but do not have an activity light on the card. I got a WLANSTAT Configuration Utility "error message", of sorts. Any way, should I install the router and have it hooked up first before I worry about the lack of an activity light on the NIC? Wouldn't that light be lit, regardless, if the NIC were working/installed properly? Thanks for any and all help or possible solutions.
ASKED: December 31, 2006  9:21 PM
UPDATED: January 3, 2007  9:03 PM

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I’d certainly try hooking up the router before you get too worried (it will need to be setup at some stage anyways).

The lack of an activity light may just be because their is no network/other machine to have any “activity” with.

You mentioned you received an error can you be specific with exactly what this error was?

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  • Pcprint
    I'd certainly try hooking up the router before you get too worried (it will need to be setup at some stage anyways). The lack of an activity light may just be because their is no network/other machine to have any "activity" with. You mentioned you received an error can you be specific with exactly what this error was?
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  • LawBanTell
    I agree with pcprint; what specific error message did you get? Un-install the software from your PC and reboot then follow the procedure to have the router up and running then install the wireless.
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  • Stevesz
    Perhaps there are no other wireless routers within range. The only time you would be seeing an activity light is when there is some activity. Right now the card is sitting there waiting for a signal. No signal = no activity. Get your router up and running, and you should see activity when it connects.
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  • Paul144hart
    Definitely no activity light should be expected until something else is broadcasting in the same protocol sets of your card. Same is true with wired networks, no LED until another device speaking the same protocol can be heard.
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  • Knomis
    install and configure router. is still get error message, post what the message was. also, you should do a search on the belkin website for the error you received. they should have a good idea of what to do next...
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