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Loss of Wireless Connectivity/Limited Connectivity

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by phaedrus55, Jan 4, 2010.

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  1. phaedrus55

    phaedrus55 Thread Starter

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    Hello, I have been having a problem recently with my desktop's wireless connections. I know the hardwire connections worked without a problem while I was living on campus but while I am at home on winter break I have to rely on a wireless setup. The machine's specs are listed next to my profile name, and I am using a Linksys wireless-N receiver and router. What happens is once I log on and the machine boots up it automatically connects to my secured and encrypted connection with full signal strength and pretty good speed. It is capable of full internet connectivity and web browsing, but it often fails after a while.

    I have had this problem for a couple weeks, ever since I moved out of my dorm. My brother uses the same USB receiver and we tried switching out the adapters with the same result so I am also fairly certain the adapter is not the cause here. Typically, if I only browse the web the connection has no problems, but if I try to connect to Steam or use Himachi to connect to a LAN with some friends the signal changes from high strength to limited connectivity and displays the yellow triangle/exclamation point icon on the task tray. Once this occurs I am unable to connect to the internet whatsoever, though the signal strength from my router is still very strong. I live in an apartment and my room is right next to where the router is located with only a wall getting in between the adapter and router, so I don't think that's an issue either. Oh, and there is no difference whether I plug the adapter into my desktop or the little extension USB port it came with. I checked my IPv4 settings and there's no static IP or anything, it's set to acquire everything it needs automatically. Every time the issue occurs my PC has failed to shutdown or restart properly, getting hung up on the Shutting Down screen no matter how long I wait.

    That's basically the situation I'm in and I hope someone can help me resolve this issue. Could there be a problem with my router's configuration? My laptop has no connection issues but I also do not use it for the kinds of connections that have been causing the desktop's connection to fail, only basic web browsing. Power cycling also does not fix the problem and I don't have much networking expertise so I would really appreciate any help in discovering a way to fix this. I don't know if it's related, but lately my machine also started to detect and fail to find drivers for a couple ESET Personal Firewall Miniports.

    Cheers,
    Phaedrus55
     
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    phaedrus55 Thread Starter

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    accidentally posted in the Windows 7 forum, moved to the Internet and Networking forum. posting this comment until i figure out how to delete this thread
     
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    For your future reference, what you should have done is click on Report at the bottom of your post and asked that your thread be moved to the other forum. Continue here.
     
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