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Solved: Can you help? Losing wireless connection regularly - ?WPA and/or XP problem

Discussion in 'Networking' started by GingerSunshine, Jan 18, 2007.

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  1. etaf

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    I thought WEP had been working OK before you did the firmware upgrade

    can you confirm

    i wonder if theres a bug with the firmware upgrade - anything listed on the website for issues with this firmware upgrade
     
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    Sounds like a weak signal or interference from some source to me. Encryption does affect throughput and range as a rule, and that's exactly what you're seeing.

    You might consider a hi-gain antenna on the router to increase the signal strength.
     
  3. GingerSunshine

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    RE: etaf’s
    I thought WEP had been working OK before you did the firmware upgrade
    can you confirm
    i wonder if theres a bug with the firmware upgrade - anything listed on the website for issues with this firmware upgrade”

    Yes, it was working. What you wrote prompted me try resetting the router to factory settings. I did and left it first unsecured and then set up a new WEP key and have not had a problem all day so far – 4:24pm Monday…so I think WEP is back to OK for whatever reason?! Yeah!!! Progress.

    RE: JohnWill’s
    “Sounds like a weak signal or interference from some source to me. Encryption does affect throughput and range as a rule, and that's exactly what you're seeing.
    You might consider a hi-gain antenna on the router to increase the signal strength.”

    When I used NetStumbler, it seemed to me that our neighbours signals were 'all' stronger than ours, unless I read those Dbm numbers incorrectly – and that seemed odd to me. What is a “hi-gain antenna on the router” ? Do you have a picture or brand you can refer me to?

    Are you able to explain "Encryption does affect throughput and range as a rule" in laymans terms to me?

    Thank you.
     
  4. etaf

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    what channel(s) are the neighbours on - it may simply changing channel to avoid interference
    BUT you would need to use channel 1,6 or 11 as they not overlap
     
  5. JohnWill

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    Hawking Tech has a number of products that will help you increase your wireless range. The root page is Hawking Hi-Gain™ WiFi Range Extending Products.

    Some of the more interesting products are this Hawking [HSB2] Hi-Gain WiFi Signal Booster, which can be used on either end of a wireless connection to boost the signal power.

    Another way to increase your signal strength is by the use of hi-gain antennas. You can choose from omni-directional or directional models, here are a couple of examples.

    Hawking [HAI7SIP] Hi-Gain 7dBi Omni-Directional Antenna

    Hawking [HAI15SC] Hi-Gain 15dBi Corner Antenna
     
  6. GingerSunshine

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    Etaf:
    Neighbours were on channel 6, as was I, so I changed it to 11, but that did not solve our problem, so I ?guess the channel wasn’t the cause.

    I will wait until the other laptop in the house has up to date drivers and try again for WPA. In the meantime, I figure I will mark this thread solved tomorrow, in the meantime.


    John Will:
    Thank you for the suggestions to boost our wireless signal. We had been considering doing that, but didn’t know anything about such products, so we will also check out the products you have mentioned.


    Thank you etaf, John Will and TerryNet for all your help!

    GingerSunshine
     
  7. JohnWill

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    Let us know how you make out. :)
     
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