04-22-2009 10:52 PM
04-23-2009 03:14 PM - edited 04-23-2009 03:17 PM
I had the exact same problem with a lenovo x200 with an atheros wifi pci mini card. After much fruitless troubleshooting, I went out and bought a usb wireless adapter to see if that worked and it did, so I concluded that there is a compatability problem between my atheros adapter and the actiontec router Verizon gave me. The person I spoke to in tech support confirmed that there are longstanding compatability issues with actiontec and atheros. He thought that atheros had updated its drivers and that the new drivers had resolved the issue, but at least in my case, installing the most recent driver available from Lenovo did not fix the problem. The usb wireless adapter I bought is a Linksys "Compact Wireless-G USB Adapter"and I got it at Best Buy for $50. Probably could do better with searching for something online, but I was anxious to test it out and also, this way, if I do get the built-in adapter working in the next 30 days, I can return the usb adapter to Best Buy and get my money back.
I'm also going to speak to Verizon Customer Service (not tech support) about giving me a different router - I think they supply other ones than Actiontec - but I expect I'll get the run-around. The tech person I spoke to, who was otherwise very helpful, kind of clammed up when I asked about exchanging routers.
Hope this helps.
p.s. my built-in Atheros adapter works fine in every other situation I've tried it in, included the Earthlink Cable service I had before switching to Verizon FIOS.