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Wireless Connections drops every once in a while

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#1 shashman


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Posted 10 February 2011 - 03:01 PM

I have upto two computers hooked up wirelessly to a router. The router is a belkin G router. My setup is like this: One computer is upstairs in a separate room from where the router is. It is a desktop that has a belkin wireless adapter. The other computer is a laptop that is downstairs that has an internal wifi card. Problem is that randomly the wireless connection gets dropped. The way I connect again is to unplug the modem and the router, and reconnect after 10 seconds. I havent noticed this happening on the upstairs computer. So I thought that maybe the walls of the house or the different levels (upstairs vs downstairs) were what was affecting connectivity, but if it was, wouldnt it prevent the downstairs laptop from connecting in the first place?

I changed the channels that the router was broadcasting on, but the problem still persists. Im wondering, could the G rating on the router be causing this, that maybe a G router doesnt have a big enough range? Would using an N router work better? The distance from the upstairs router to the downstairs laptop is maybe 20 feet at the most so Im guessing a G router should work, but Im not sure. Please help!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#2 Moby Purple

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Posted 10 February 2011 - 07:20 PM

How old is the router? Their life span generally is not over 3 years, it could be giving you the signal that it is time to replace it. I just had to replace mine and went to N.

The N router does have a bigger range, but at 20 feet the G should be more than sufficient, so I doubt that's the problem.

Sometimes another device can interfere with the router's signal and knock if off line, for instance a microwave oven or a 2.4 GHz wireless phone.

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