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#1 blondeandconfused

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Posted 09 May 2015 - 12:22 PM

I'm not sure if this is the appropriate forum or not, but two days in a row, now, I've had connection issues with my wireless dongle.  I reinstalled the software yesterday and it worked, but I decided to get a backup dongle with the same software, just in case it was a hardware issue.  This morning I get up to the "limited connectivity" problem and did various uninstalls and reinstalls to try and get on my network with a reasonable signal.  I kept getting messages that there may be a problem with the driver, or with the device itself, so I tried both dongles, reinstalled the software, several times.  But, at one point, I checked the list of local networks and there were two with very strong signals I'd never seen before.  One was called FEE2 and the other was called (I think) F2E2.  Both had strong signals as though they were coming from inside my house (I have an N router).  Finally, on the last reinstall, I was able to get back on my own network, and those other two networks had disappeared from the list.  Now the only networks on my list are all the usual neighbors with weak signals and only mine with the strong signal.  Does anybody know what those other networks might be?  Was it a possible "drive by network?"  It just seemed weird that they appeared while I was having trouble, and disappeared once the trouble miraculously seemed to fix itself.



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#2 Didier Stevens

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Posted 10 May 2015 - 03:08 AM

It could be that those 2 Wifi networks you noticed operated on the same channel as your network, and were so powerful that they interfered with your network signals.

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#3 blondeandconfused

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Posted 10 May 2015 - 03:13 PM

One of them showed up again this morning and my wifi was super slow.  After it disappeared from the list of available networks, the wifi was normal speed again.  






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