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01 March 2010 @ 11:32 pm
The Computer Is Your Friend: No Strings Attached, Revisited  
This is a follow-up to this post.

Following foofer's advice, quelonzia got me a wireless bridge for my birthday, so I could finally get my desktop system back online. (Thank you, sweetness!)

The specific unit is a D-Link DAP-1522, purchased new from Fry's after a recommendation from Buy More's Nerd Herd Best Buy's Geek Squad.

I cannot configure the wireless settings for it.

It hooks up fine to the computer, and the Setup Wizard sees. the household wireless network, but the settings the Wizard imposes don't seem to take. It tells me that it's connected when I go to the bridge's Status page, but it doesn't actually connect.

According to the manual, when I go to the wireless setup page, I should see a nice, long pageful of wireless settings:

What I actually see is a pair of "Save Settings/Don't Save Settings" buttons, a header saying "Wireless Network Settings", and nothing underneath:

Something Is Wrong, obviously. Is that Something in the Operator or the Device? Am I screwing something up, or do I need to just return this and get a new unit?

I feel: tiredtired
Helvetica 'Foofers' Boldfoofers on March 2nd, 2010 07:45 am (UTC)
The configuration forms for a lot of wireless products seem to be designed by gibbons, and it's not uncommon to see them fail with anything besides Internet Exploder. Try "View Source" to see if the configuration options are actually there and just not rendering properly. Try a firmware update if it's not already running the latest. If you have access to a machine running Exploder, you should only need to configure the wireless bridge once.

Pisses me off when they do that. It's 2010. We can send probes to Jupiter but we can't write standards-compliant HTML.
Your Obedient Serpentathelind on March 2nd, 2010 07:59 am (UTC)
I'll try the "View Source" thing in the morning, but I can't update the firmware unless I can get the desktop online. Hooray, my laptop doesn't have a functional Ethernet port.
Helvetica 'Foofers' Boldfoofers on March 2nd, 2010 08:19 am (UTC)
1.21 is the latest firmware, so it's not that.
Moral Explorernotthebuddha on March 2nd, 2010 09:41 am (UTC)
what sort of existing wireless router are you trying to connect to? some brands and models don't play nicely together.
Darkwulf: Rafferty 2jdarkwulf on March 2nd, 2010 12:38 pm (UTC)

Looks like some coding on the webpages in firmware 1.21 doesn't play well with standards-compliant browsers like Firefox. They've had good luck with IE, though, as stated. You may have to do the setup on another computer, then move the AP to where you need it.
Baxil: distributed postmodern agitpropbaxil on March 3rd, 2010 04:33 am (UTC)
Strongly thirded. I had an incredibly similar problem trying to set up my DLink with Safari on my Mac - it would display all the settings but wouldn't save anything I did. I managed to push through an update with Firefox but it was still buggy. DLink is not great with cross-compatibility.
Terraluna the Fruit Batterraluna_bat on March 2nd, 2010 08:59 pm (UTC)
Remember... computers are friends, not food. :)

P.S. ................... !!RAR!! .............