Strange wireless issue .....pls help

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by kimshapiro100, May 4, 2006.

  1. Strange wireless issue .....pls help
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    1. I have a reasonably new laptop that came with a 802.11b/g and IEEE
    1394, Win XP etc.

    In addition, we have
    a Netgear wireless Router with Comcast Motorola Modem. We have comcast
    cable internet.

    The wireless connection worked fine for many months but now all of a
    sudden my wireless connection to "my laptop' does not work well. It is
    inconsistent and sometimes just hangs.

    Other wireless laptops and wireless desktops in the house get good
    internet connection using our network. But with my laptop, I cannot.

    My signal strength says "excellent" 54. Mbps. Yet there is no or an
    inconsistent connection.
    I am in the next room to the router and modem.

    2. Now ... a funny thing that happens. When I click on View Wireless
    Networks and choose another network in the neighborhood, I get fast
    internet connection...even though it says
    signal strength "very low".

    3. Comcast checked the modem they say all is fine. They said the
    problem could be the wireless router.

    4. So I bought a new top of the line Linksys Wireless Router..about 200
    Mbps.
    The problem is still the same ...sometimes I get kicked out of my
    wireless network and get connected to some other...all this
    automatically.

    I have disabled and enabled the wireless network on my laptop, turned
    off and on the router and modem etc ...but nothing has helped.

    If the problem was with my laptop, then how do I get good internet
    connection using someone else's network ? I do not want to rely on
    other people's network.

    Can anyone pls help me.

    I am not technical.

    Thanks in advance,
    Kim
     
    kimshapiro100, May 4, 2006
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  2. kimshapiro100

    lee_houston Guest

    Kim, sounds like you have a very 'busy' location
    for networks. I'd suggest that you enable security
    and WEP/WPA so that you can only connect to
    your home network. it may be possible if you're
    not using security, that a neighbor's machine is
    stealing your connection.

    It's possible you have too 'HOT' a signal from your
    laptop. Do you have the same prob when you are
    at a further distance from your router/modem?

    lee
     
    lee_houston, May 4, 2006
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  3. kimshapiro100

    John Navas Guest

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    In <hZe6g.81560$> on Thu, 04 May 2006
    Make sure you have set a *unique* SSID (e.g., "KimNet") in your wireless
    router.
     
    John Navas, May 4, 2006
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    ken Guest

    Since it appears there are other routers nearby, they could be "stepping
    on each other", try changing the channel, routers default to channel 6,
    change yours to either 1 or 11.

    ken
     
    ken, May 4, 2006
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  5. kimshapiro100

    John Navas Guest

    [POSTED TO alt.internet.wireless - REPLY ON USENET PLEASE]

    In <> on Thu, 04 May 2006
    Some routers default to 11; some others default to 1.

    Also try the overlapping channels, since that can sometimes give the best
    results, as when 1, 6, and 11 are all occupied.
     
    John Navas, May 4, 2006
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  6. kimshapiro100

    ken Guest

    John,
    Thanks for the info. The only routers I had worked with (so far)
    defaulted to 6 so I wasn't aware that some defaulted to other channels.
    ken
     
    ken, May 5, 2006
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