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wireless XP outages, possible solution

Discussion in 'Networking' started by brad_schl, Sep 17, 2003.

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  1. brad_schl

    brad_schl Thread Starter

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    I am again having issues with my wireless internet connection. Here's the story from the beginning.

    When I first hooked into this wireless network after moving into this house, I was having a lot of trouble with the internet. I regularly lost internet access. Sometimes it would be in spans of an hour or so, sometimes as quick as a couple seconds apart. And it would stay off for intermittent times as well. Sometimes as long as 5 minutes, others only a couple seconds.

    Eventually, and I can't remember exactly how it was fixed, but the problem stopped for months. Then, two things happened. 1. I reformated my computer and 2. due to a circuit breaker problem, we lost power to the router for awhile. These are the only two things that have changed.

    And my problem is back, and worse than ever. Though I might have a solution, though I don't remember it exactly.

    If I remember correctly, the problem was with XP. Somehow it was messing around with the connection on its own, and screwing it up. And through using the registry or one of the Administrative Tools, I was able to tell XP to leave a certain aspect of the connection alone.

    I'm sorry I can't remember exactly what my solution was, I was wondering if anyone here has an idea as to what I'm talking about. Thanks.
     
  2. scottosan

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    Do you have a cordless phone operating at 2.4 Ghz? This often cuases wireless problems. If unplu you phone, reset the wireless access point and your PC's and see if this is your problem.
     
  3. brad_schl

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    There is one, but it's not anywhere near either the access point or my computer. And also, it's only my computer that's having these issues, other ones on the network are fine.

    I'm actually using another computer on the network at the moment. Mine has gotten so bad that it barely stays connected long enough to load a web page, then it goes out again.
     
  4. brad_schl

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    Well... I did try replacing the phone with a non 2.4 ghz one, and it seems to have done the trick. Though it's really weird, though I guess it makes sense

    There's about 4 computers upstairs, with the router at the east end of the house. The two closest to it worked in spite of the phone which is in the middle of the house downstairs. The two on the west end (including mine) were having this problem. I wasn't aware of the second computer having problems until today.

    So yeah, that old 2.4ghz interference problem. Is it distance related? Like the farther away you are from the access point the easier it is to interfere with the signal?
     
  5. JohnWill

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    Yep, if you're a long ways from the WAP, the signals are very weak, and a closer signal will drown them out.
     
  6. brad_schl

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    Hmmm... it seems to have popped up again. Though not to the extent it was.

    I'm still curious about what i mentioned in the first post. A way to tell XP to stop something... I believe it involved XP trying to keep checking if the connection was present.
     
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