Same SSID's in one house

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avinashd

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I am having a little problem. My WiFi SSID is "WLanF7F691" and on my computer I see two networks labeled "WLanF7F691" and "WLanF7F691 2." My computer keeps disconnecting after some time and I have to connect to the other network for it to work. I am really frustrated with this. I have kept the default SSID and WPA key. So do I just assume there are two networks with the same name and key or do you think this is a router problem?
 

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That was a good idea to show both screen shots--helps us see what you are seeing. Here's my take ...

The Xirrus shows that there is actually only one network named "WLanF7F691." I think the Windows screen shot indicates that you have two (perhaps identical) wireless profiles defined for WLanF7F691. I don't have Vista handy right now, but I think that if you go into the Network and Sharing Center there is a "Manage wireless networks" link. Click that and you can delete one of the profiles.
 

avinashd

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That helped a lot. Thank you. I also have a problem with my iPad. It says it is connected to my network but it doesn't work after a while. I have to disconnect my iPad and then reconnect for it to work. Do you have any suggestions?
 

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You also mentioned some disconnects for the PC. As long as all those other networks stay on channel 6 they are not interfering with you. However, if your router is set to "auto select" a channel it may be periodically toggling between channels 1 and 11. That would cause a disconnect. The PC and iPad should reconnect automatically, but even that would be distasteful. Check the router setting (in the Wireless section) and if it is on 'auto' change it to channel 11 or 1.

Check the Xirrus output if you continue to get disconnects. And network with a channel number less than 5 different from yours could cause interference.

There is a Xirrus Yahoo! widget for MAC OS; don't know if that works on an iPad.
 
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