For ages now I have only been able to connect two of our three computers to the network at the same time (though there were four addresses available via the DHCP server on our Linksys router). So I upgraded the router to the latest software and reconnected everything. The Mac and my desktop connected fine. My wife’s Dell laptop? Blue screen of death with a helpful “driver IRQL not less or equal” message. I upgraded the Intel Pro 2200BG wireless card software in the Dell (which was two years old) but still no joy. Now waiting (in the doghouse) for a call from Dell tech support. I wish I could say this rarely happens but in my experience wireless networking almost never goes smoothly – and if it does, G*d help you if you change anything!
27 August 2006