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Wireless Connection Keeps Dropping


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#1 SOS

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Posted 10 February 2007 - 11:27 AM

Hi all,

I have been trying to set up a neighbour's wireless setup for a few days now and here's the problem.

Cable modem in attic hardwired to a Linksys WRT54g router and and a PC
Desktop downstairs with a DLink Airplus Xtreme pci card.

Connection from the downstairs desktop keeps dropping for no apparent reason and it then cannot find any wireless networks in range. Reboot the modem and router and it finds a connection but not for long.

However when I have my laptop (wireless card built in) running at the same time and same location as the desktop downstairs it never drops connection.

Could it be a bad pci card and/or is there any benefit in giving the downstairs PC a static ip address?

Any thoughts welcome

Both PCs running Xp pro SP2 and all updated

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Posted 10 February 2007 - 11:40 AM

No a static IP address won't help.
That's a flipping good card, but I've had problems with the drivers of those cards. Click here and check out their network troubleshooter, it helped me out a bit.

Also Is it possible to try and move the pc to another spot as wireless sometimes has connectivity problems when you are directly underneat the transmitter.

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Posted 10 February 2007 - 11:47 AM

Thanks for the reply robsie. I am going along to their house later on and will check out exact model number of card and make sure I have the latest drivers.

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Posted 11 February 2007 - 03:51 AM

I went along last nught and ensured I had the latest drivers for the Airlink card. I then moved the desktop base unit upstairs beside the router and had no problems with connectivity.

However I then wanted to secure the network so added WPA to the router, desktop and my laptop (testing purposes). Unable to connect at all. Removed WPA and added the MAC addresses of desktop and laptop to wireless security tab of router and was able to connect both computers. I then removed the laptops MAC address and lost conncectivity - so it appears that even though it is an unsecured network I have managed to lock it down to just the desktop having access.

Does that sound about right?

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Posted 11 February 2007 - 08:28 PM

MAC Address filtering is a way of providing some sort of security - but it's not on a par with WPA or even WEP.
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