"Children, gather round! No retreat, no surrender; that is Spartan lore. And by Spartan lore we will stand and fight... and die."
I recently purchased a Belkin F5D7000 PCI wireless network card. I've installed 3 of these in various machines over the past few months and had little trouble with them. The one I used in my machine would have to break this of course and from the start has given me problems. I'm 99% sure that I've got a working fix or at least can shed some light in the direction of fixing ping spikes.
I tried this out ages ago and it didnt really work. It was like half the system shut down but the drives and cpu fan kept ticking. I realised I hadn't tried it on my current hardware setup as I changed my motherboard for an Abit AV8-3rd Eye during the past two years. I just tested out hibernate and suspend and both worked fine. I ran into a problem with suspending the system where the monitor didnt resume but I found an easy fix for that. I wrote up what happens with each as I figured theres probably tons of other people who havent given it a go.
My BT Home Hub died a horrible death last week when an automatic update failed. Since then I have been unable to connect to it via wireless or ethernet. I followed BTs advice and held in the Wireless Association button on the back for 20 seconds to do a hub restart. This didnt help in the slightest. I finally sorted it out by doing a manual update on the bios. I felt like sharing the steps I used to get it fully functional again so it may help any other "lucky" users of the BT Home Hub
I was planning on writing an article about this unit for DevShed Articles as a hardware review but after spending several hours after work through to 3am the next day trying to get the wireless TV signal functional I decided to return the init instead. I figured my impressions of the unit might help others decide if its right for them so if you're unsure about buying it then read on.
So it took a little longer than I expected but the move is over and all systems are back to 100%. I switched to a new broadband package and received a BT Home Hub as part of the deal. Later on I'll also be receiving a BT Video Phone as well. I had some major ups and downs with the BT hub so in the end I switched back to my old one. Saying that though; I got to play with all areas of the hub beforehand and posted a proposal to write an article about it which was accepted so expect to see that on dev articles in the next month or so.