PC World feature details troubleshooting common Wi-Fi problems: I've written a huge feature which appears in the May 2004 cover date issue of PC World on solving several common problems which frustrate home Wi-Fi users. This includes restarting Windows XP's Wireless Zero Configuration service, a frequent hard-to-diagnose problem, and using WDS to bridge networks wirelessly.
One of our starting points on this feature is discussed in an early paragraph: In PC World's most recent Reliability and Service survey, over 9 percent reported that a new wireless network device had problems--a far higher rate than the one for PCs, or for any other peripheral we asked about. And 36 percent of the respondents said a problem significantly limited the usefulness of their gateway.
I was stunned by these numbers, and I hope the industry takes note. Given the general simplicity and ease of Wi-Fi setup, there needs to be more steps taken to reduce user dissatisfaction making Wi-Fi more like Ethernet.
The same issue features this detailed advice on setting up a secure wired and/or wireless network. The instructions are precise and excellent, and include illustration of adding adapter cards and configuring settings