Originally Posted by fs454
My 2200 REQUIRES me to be 6 inches away from the router in the same room to connect initially, and then it can be used anywhere around the house....until it disconnects again, then I have to lug it back into the other room to connect again.
What's the best non-intel wireless card I can get, and can I get one that's gonna fit where the old one did, not a PCIMCIA slot?
Download the latest Intel PRO/Set install package from Intel.com.
Completely uninstall your Intel PRO/Set wireless driver package. Shut down, uninstall the wireless card (not hard). Boot up, and let the computer realize the card is gone. Shut down, reinstall the card. (People say those 2 steps are useless, but I always prefer to make sure the registry doesn't get a chance to hold extra crap)
When you boot back up with the card reinstalled, hit Cancel. Then open the Intel PRO/Set installer. Do a custom install and select ONLY the first item in the list (the actual driver by itself). Tell the other items NOT to install. Finish out the install process and reboot.
Voila, your card can now act like a regular functioning WiFi card. The problem you are having is that the Intel PRO/Set package has an application that takes control of selecting which network to join. It will constantly switch networks for the best signal and other useless features. They designed it like that for business people. It finds the strongest unencrypted signal and switches automatically. And it won't stick with that signal either.
Windows does a fine job of managing Wireless Connections, and Intel shouldn't make that whole package the default install.