Master browser election triggers wireless network drop: one for the gurus!



steve.anon@gmail.com
07-10-2005, 01:56 AM
This one is puzzling (and frustrating!) me. Any help or pointer would
be greatly appreciated. In a nutshell, the 'master browser election'
message in the event log ALWAYS (and this is reprocible) triggers my
wireless router to emit at a very low signal. Read on...

I have a buffalo WBR2-G54S wireless router. I used with 2
laptops running buffalos WLI-CB-G54S cards and a WLI2-PCI-G54S pci card
for my desktop machine. All running xp sp2 with latest official drivers
and all the patches. It works perfectly fine for 24-72 hours until...

.... one of the laptop gets the 'master browser election' message... and
5 seconds later ALL the machines on the network lose connection to the
router with a nice "Wireless LAN Adapter was disconnected from the
network" message in system log. That's ALL at the same time, and ALL
after exactly 5 seconds following the 'master browser error'.

Now I know few people would beleive me, so I waited for this to happen
3 times in row to post this message. And to make things even weirder, a
quick test with netstumbler shows that the router doesn't just go dead,
it simply starts broadcasting a very weak signal very sporadically
(every 3 minutes for 1 second or so).

Very obviously the election of the master browser kills the router. Any
pointer or help would be appreciated.

Steve.

steve.anon@gmail.com
07-10-2005, 01:57 AM
Updating my post:
1) i've seen multiple references to the same problem for several laptop
brands. Unfortunately, no resolutions.
2) buffalo sent me new firmware for the router (not avail yet on their
site). I'll give this a shot and update you.

In the meantime if anyone as an idea about what I could try, it would
be much appreciated :)

Steve.

steve.anon@gmail.com
07-10-2005, 01:57 AM
Ok, i installed the new firmware but still no luck... the router works
fine until any machine on the network triggers a master browser
election...

steve.anon@gmail.com wrote:
> Updating my post:
> 1) i've seen multiple references to the same problem for several laptop
> brands. Unfortunately, no resolutions.
> 2) buffalo sent me new firmware for the router (not avail yet on their
> site). I'll give this a shot and update you.
>
> In the meantime if anyone as an idea about what I could try, it would
> be much appreciated :)
>
> Steve.


Master browser election triggers wireless network drop: one for the gurus!