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Wireless connection drops (revisited)

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Bren-F, Apr 10, 2006.

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  1. Bren-F

    Bren-F Thread Starter

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    Yes, I know you are probably sick of n00b's like me posting this question ( :rolleyes: ) but I have to before I go completely insane :)

    Here's the problem:

    I & a house mate have upgraded to 10mb broadband (paid between us) and have decided to opt for a wireless connection (as a cheap option) to connect both PC's to the same connection.
    Foolishly (possibly) we have opted for a cheap Belkin router and network adapters. :cool:

    Now the PC that is connected directly to the router (a 3ghz, Win XP pro PC) connects just fine. My PC is on another floor of the house (Win XP home, 2.8ghz) Now I am at all times getting an Excellent net connection (5 bars of strength) - yet have limited net connectivity.
    The connection keeps dropping at certain points - there is a pattern. EG.
    It will only kick me when receiving a file over MSN, downloading a file from a remote location (such as a software update from a website) or even when loading certain graphic on web boards (usually emoticons) - and other similar things.

    Now I have tried just about everything suggested to me (turning off fire walls ect) in fact I switched off every damn fire wall from my own Zone alarm to the windows one on both PC's and the built in router fire wall - still the same prob (I have since turned the firewalls back on) A call to the belkin tech support line had me waiting in a queue for 30 mins, only to spend 5 mins banging my head against a wall with a guy from god knows where (they have a thing for foreign call centers) who could not understand me (nor could I him) :confused:

    So my problem remains unsolved. :(

    If any of you can decipher my mad ramblings and help me with a solution, then I am forever in your debt. :D

    Regards,

    Brendan
     
  2. TerryNet

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    Is your adapter a card or USB connected? It's a Belkin adapter?

    When your connection drops, does it come back itself? If so, very quickly or after how long?

    Is your signal encrypted?

    Are you using the adapter's utility or Windows' WZC to manage the wireless?
     
  3. Bren-F

    Bren-F Thread Starter

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    Cheers for the reply Terrynet,

    It's a Belkin USD adapter, (looks kinda like a memory stick)
    It tends to reconnect pretty quickly, though usually takes 30 seconds or so before the 'limited/no connectivity' error goes away.

    The connection is not as yet passworded, it may be encrypted (not 100% at this moment) and I am using the adapter utility software. (although I have tried the windows one and gotten the same problem)

    Thabks again,

    Brendan
     
  4. JohnWill

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    Well, USB is a lousy way to connect to the network, that's one point. I suspect you may be experiencing interference from some device like a wireless phone or microwave oven.
     
  5. TerryNet

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    Does the USB adapter "die" (i.e., lose power)? I have that problem and I'm determined to find somebody else with it. :)
     
  6. Bren-F

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    Yeah it will do sometimes - I'll then have to disconnect it then plug it back in.

    However I have tried 2 different adapters and they both do the same thing. So it can't be an adapter fault.
     
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    USB ports (at least all of mine on 3 PCs) are capable of providing 500mA. My Netgear wireless USB adapter is rated at 500mA. So there's not much room for error. I think when the port cuts off power to the adapter, either there is a slight problem with the port's power supply or else the adapter heats up and draws just a little more current than it is supposed to.

    If you get the disconnect without losing power it's likely, as JohnWill said, wireless interference. Things like he mentioned or somebody else's wireless network on the same or close channel.
     
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