Troubleshooting Wireless Networks

Joe writes, I have a Linksys “B” game adapter. Try as I might I can’t get it to work on my “G” wireless network. The router is configured correctly, the WEP encryption is configured on both the router and the game adapter correctly. I am at a loss. Do you have any suggestions on how to make the network “see” the game adapter?
I tend to sit in the camp that believes if it is configured correctly, it’s already working. 😉 Networking is always a tricky proposition, especially when you are trying to get a handful of components using slightly different standards to all play nice. If it’s in your budget, the easy solution is to dump the 802.11b game adapter and purchase an 802.11g game adapter. Using 802.11b devices on a network with a bunch of 802.11g devices slows down the network for all the other devices on the network, which doesn’t really help network performance for everything else. Gaming is almost always better with higher network speeds, which is why hardcore gamers swear by wired connections over wireless. If upgrading isn’t an option, there are a number of configuration options on your router to verify: