Solved 1394 connection vs wireless network connect.

July 12, 2011 at 01:51:44
Specs: Windows XP
Hi all,

I recently bought a WLAN USB antenna for my old laptop to enable wireless internet. As far as I can judge all drivers are installed properly and the "network connection" control panel reports that the device is connected and working properly. Nevertheless I cannot connect to the internet with this antenna. When I tried different USB antenna of a friend of mine, I had no problem connecting to the internet (after installing drivers for this device). The difference between the two seems to be that antenna that I bought shows up as "1394 connection" in the control panel whereas the other one (that is working fine) shows up as "wireless internet connection 2". Does anyone know what to do to get my new antenna working properly? My laptop has Windows XP installed. Thanks.


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July 12, 2011 at 03:09:58
1394 is a Firewire connection, a very short range wireless system similar to Bluetooth. It is only designed for connecting peripherals at very short range, around 15 feet, not for network connections.

You are seeing this because either you have installed the wrong drivers or you have the wrong type of USB adaptor.


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July 12, 2011 at 03:16:46
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The 1394 connection you can see in Device Manager is a different device altogether and has nothing to do with the USB WLAN adapter you bought.

1394 is also called "Firewire", it has an oblong port similar to usb but it's for connecting things like a video-camera for transferring video to the PC and then to a DVD.

If no other device is listed under under Network Adapters other than 1394, the WLAN adapter you bought is either faulty or the drivers haven't been installed properly.

With this type of device, you must not plug it in for the first time until you have started to install the driver software, then wait until you see a prompt to plug it in.
If you plugged in the device before installing the driver software, that is probably why you are having problems with it.

If you are sure you everything properly and in the right order, take it back for a replacement.

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July 12, 2011 at 03:59:33
Thanks StuartS and pip22. Pip22 probably pinpointed the problem correctly. I simply plugged in the device and then installed the drivers, so in the wrong order. I will try re-install the drivers to see what happens. I will keep you posted

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July 13, 2011 at 07:14:55
After re-installing the drivers the correct way I am now able to connect to the internet. Thanks for your input guys!

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