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Win 8 - DW1520 Wireless-N - Issues Browsing Local Networks

  1. #1


    Canada
    Posts : 3
    Windows 8 Pro 64-bit (6.2, Build 9200) (9200.win8_gdr.130108-1504)

    Win 8 - DW1520 Wireless-N - Issues Browsing Local Networks


    Hello,

    I have a DELL Studio 1558 that I upgraded to Windows 8 64 bit. The Broadcom Driver that Windows 8 puts in place of the DW1520 Wireless N reduces downloading speeds considerably so at the behest of many a post here I installed the Win 7 Driver back. Problem is I have many devices on my network that I routinely access and sometimes the NetBIOS name fails and I have to refresh my WNIC by making a change then I can access the Network Device without it saying to me that 'the network location is invalid'. Otherwise I have to use the LAN IP of the network device. I can only assume that its a DW1520 problem with Windows 8 and Dell is not forthcoming with a new driver (anyone know why? are they infighting?).

    The toggle I keep having to use is going into the adapter properties of the TCP/IPv4 Advanced Properties WINS configuration and going from Default to Enable and it works for a while but then loses it again. The Windows 7 devices on my network do not have this problem. It only seems to happen when connecting to PC's running Windows 7 and not NAS devices.

    Any help is appreciated.


    Tim

    Operating System: Windows 8 Pro 64-bit (6.2, Build 9200) (9200.win8_gdr.130108-1504)
    Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
    System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
    System Model: Studio 1558
    BIOS: Ver 1.00 BIOS A12 PARTTBLr
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU M 330 @ 2.13GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.1GHz
    Memory: 4096MB RAM
    Available OS Memory: 3892MB RAM
    Page File: 2564MB used, 5295MB available

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    Quote Originally Posted by sentryknight View Post
    Hello,

    I have a DELL Studio 1558 that I upgraded to Windows 8 64 bit. The Broadcom Driver that Windows 8 puts in place of the DW1520 Wireless N reduces downloading speeds considerably so at the behest of many a post here I installed the Win 7 Driver back. Problem is I have many devices on my network that I routinely access and sometimes the NetBIOS name fails and I have to refresh my WNIC by making a change then I can access the Network Device without it saying to me that 'the network location is invalid'. Otherwise I have to use the LAN IP of the network device. I can only assume that its a DW1520 problem with Windows 8 and Dell is not forthcoming with a new driver (anyone know why? are they infighting?).

    The toggle I keep having to use is going into the adapter properties of the TCP/IPv4 Advanced Properties WINS configuration and going from Default to Enable and it works for a while but then loses it again. The Windows 7 devices on my network do not have this problem. It only seems to happen when connecting to PC's running Windows 7 and not NAS devices.

    Any help is appreciated.


    Tim

    Operating System: Windows 8 Pro 64-bit (6.2, Build 9200) (9200.win8_gdr.130108-1504)
    Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
    System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
    System Model: Studio 1558
    BIOS: Ver 1.00 BIOS A12 PARTTBLr
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU M 330 @ 2.13GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.1GHz
    Memory: 4096MB RAM
    Available OS Memory: 3892MB RAM
    Page File: 2564MB used, 5295MB available
    You should try going back to the original driver then try changing the setting in your router to use 802.11N Onlyrather than the mixed mode, also ensure that you are using WPA2 security with AES encryption, which should bring up the connection speed considerably.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Canada
    Posts : 3
    Windows 8 Pro 64-bit (6.2, Build 9200) (9200.win8_gdr.130108-1504)


    Thanks Chev65 but I have wired LAN attached devices and the Win 7 systems don't have a problem, its because of the generic drivers from Broadcom that Windows used and Dell hasn't put out an update so I am forced to use the original Win 7 driver but I have problems accessing the network unless I use IP instead of the Netbios name.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    Quote Originally Posted by sentryknight View Post
    Thanks Chev65 but I have wired LAN attached devices and the Win 7 systems don't have a problem, its because of the generic drivers from Broadcom that Windows used and Dell hasn't put out an update so I am forced to use the original Win 7 driver but I have problems accessing the network unless I use IP instead of the Netbios name.
    Didn't you mention this as a wireless access or slow wireless connection problem with the Windows 8 drivers, or is the only problem with accessing files or folders on other Windows 7 machines?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5


    Canada
    Posts : 3
    Windows 8 Pro 64-bit (6.2, Build 9200) (9200.win8_gdr.130108-1504)


    When I access other devices on the network using network name it fails, when I use the IP it works. I just flushed my DNS and the Registered it and it seems to have worked but time will tell if it stays that way.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6


    Posts : 7
    W7 Pro 64bit

    W8.1 supplies updated driver for Dell 1520 Mini Card


    I installed Windows 8.1 Pro and got a supprise. My Dell 1520 Mini Half High Wireless adapter got a new driver and it now has no slowdown problems.

    Specifications from W8 device manager

    Brodcom 802.11n Network Adapter
    Driver Provider: Microsoft
    Driver Date: 05/31/2013
    Driver Version: 6.30.223.102
    Digital Signer: Microsoft Windows
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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