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Frequent loss of connection to wireless internet!

Discussion in 'Networking' started by MisterFatality, Aug 17, 2007.

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  1. MisterFatality

    MisterFatality Thread Starter

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    Hey there helpers, I've been having some issues with my wireless internet. We have Verizon DSL, which we've connected to a router for wireless internet, but for some reason my new desktop, an Acer Aspire T180, frequently loses connection with the internet. I installed a Linksys Wireless-G PCI Adapter, and the drivers are all up to date and everything, but what happens is: I'll have 5-20 minutes of good connection, download speeds running around 130kb/s (like the hardwired computer downstairs), but then suddenly all my download speeds will drop to 0-2kb/s, and all my internet related programs will get kicked off, such as AIM or firefox (saying it could not find the page, as if I wasn't online).

    The strange thing is that under the Network and Sharing Center in the Vista Control Panel, most of the time it doesn't say it's lost connection. Only rarely does it display that it's lost connection, and when it does it says the connection has been lost between the router and the internet, not my computer and router. Although once or twice my computer has lost signal with the router, saying none are in range, which makes no sense since I always have 5 to 4 bars on the signal strength.

    We have our modem and router set-up so that the modem is connected to the hardwired computer via USB, and the modem connects to the router via Ethernet. It's a D-link router. I've had this problem with my old laptop (RIP) last year, frequent disconnections. So whats up?
     
  2. JohnWill

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    Have you tried changing router channels? Have you looked for sources of wireless interference, like wireless phones, other WiFi networks?
     
  3. MisterFatality

    MisterFatality Thread Starter

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    Our digital phones run on a different Ghz frequency, but I just realized something! I was just messing with my PSP during one of the downtimes, using it to scan for a wireless network to connect to, and I noticed whenever the signal strength from our router goes down (anywhere from 25% - 50%), my PSP picks up on another network labeled RallyX with a 5% signal strength.

    I assume this other network could be interfering with our wireless connection? How could I fix it so this other network doesn't mess ours up?
     
  4. JohnWill

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    Change channels in the router.
     
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