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Solved: Wireless network disconnects constantly on one computer

Discussion in 'Networking' started by j262144, Feb 21, 2006.

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  1. j262144

    j262144 Thread Starter

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    I have a wireless home network set up with 3 desktop computers and 3 laptops. Most of the computers have no problems, but one gets disconnected almost immediately if the network is left idle for a short time (usually takes less than a minute). The only way I can stay connected is to constantly download a file, browse online without stopping, play a game online, etc. If I stop, Windows (XP SP2) still displays the network as connected (usually with Excellent or Very Good Signal Strength), yet I cannot do anything online. I can't even successfully ping the router (a Netgear WGT624 v2) until I disconnect from the network, then reconnect. Simply clicking repair does not fix anything.

    My network adapter is an Airlink101 AWLH3026 802.11g Wireless PCI Adapter. I have all power saving options disabled, so I don't believe the adapter is turning itself off. I previously had an Airlink101 router, but moved and it got lost, so I now have the Netgear router. I never had any problems connecting the other router. If I use my laptop in the same room as the desktop, it has no problems, so I don't think the location of the computer is a problem.

    Any suggestions of what could be causing this problem on this computer? Thanks in advance, and feel free to ask any questions for further clarification...

    -Jeff
     
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Could there be some device interferring with the signal that's close to this machine? I'd also point out, if you have six wireless machines on the same AP/router, I suspect you can get pretty sluggish performance if a bunch of them are active.
     
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    etaf Wayne Moderator

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    i had this week a problem with a mates secure wireless two laptops both wireless - 1 kept losing the connection, it turned out to be the cordless phone - he changed channels and its been fine since
     
  4. j262144

    j262144 Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the responses. I don't think anything would be causing interference... no home phone and I don't have any new devices on the computer, but to make sure the wireless card is getting a good signal I just turned my computer around, so the back is facing the door, and so far no disconnects. I'll try changing the channel as well, if problems do arise.

    As for sluggish performance, if I do notice it's bad, is it possible to get a second router, and just plug it into the first one, and maybe put it on a different channel? Thanks.

    EDIT: Disconnects are continuing. Also, I've tried a few different channels, and they don't seem to be fixing anything. Right now I'm doing extra spyware scans, just to be sure...
     
  5. j262144

    j262144 Thread Starter

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    Alright, got a new router, no more problems. I guess Netgear just didn't want to work for me. Thanks for the help.
     
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