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Moonshine
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎08-05-2007

Signal is fine, won't stay connected....

My wireless signal shows up as having a strong signal, but it won't stay connected for more than a minute or two. It WILL connect, it just won't stay connected. There are times when it will stay connected for a week or two at a time, but when it stops, it stops for weeks at a time. If the signal is fine and it is capable of connecting, why will it not connect?
toomanydonuts
Posts: 6,365
Registered: ‎09-16-2006

Re: Signal is fine, won't stay connected....

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Poor connections in the face of a strong signal generally indicates interference from other 2.4 GHz devices - either from your own home or neighbors.  There are many causes for poor wireless connections, and many solutions.
 
First of all, give your network a unique SSID. Do not use "linksys". If you are using "linksys" you may be trying to connect to your neighbor's router. Also set "SSID Broadcast" to "enabled". This will help your computer find and lock on to your router's signal.

Poor wireless connections are often caused by radio interference from other 2.4 GHz devices. This includes wireless phones, wireless baby monitors, microwave ovens, wireless mice and keyboards, wireless speakers, and your neighbor's wireless network. In rare cases, Bluetooth devices can interfere. Even some 5+ GHz phones also use the 2.4 Ghz band. Unplug these devices, and see if that corrects your problem.

In your router, try a different channel. There are 11 channels in the 2.4 GHz band. Usually channel 1, 6, or 11 works best. Check out your neighbors, and see what channel they are using. Because the channels overlap one another, try to stay at least +5 or -5 channels from your strongest neighbors. For example, if you have a strong neighbor on channel 9, try any channel 1 through 4.

Also, try to locate the router about 4 to 6 feet above the floor, in an open area. Do not locate it behind your monitor or near other computer equipment or speakers. The antenna should be vertical.
 
What type of encryption are you using?

Hope this helps.


Message Edited by toomanydonuts on 08-05-2007 10:59 PM
beatnik
Posts: 74
Registered: ‎02-08-2007

Re: Signal is fine, won't stay connected....

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Your wireless connection won't always stay connected in cases like you've shut the computer down because you brought it outside with you because of work, there is a power outage or they may be an interference that had made you lose your connection. You need not to rely on the icon that you're seeing that it's giving you an excellent signal strength and all. If you've enabled a wireless security on your router, you should know your network key. You always need to double-check if you are connected to the signal. It would give you that on the display that will be shown by your Wireless Network Connection's status.


Message Edited by beatnik on 08-05-2007 09:52 PM
graymayre
Posts: 1
Registered: ‎11-09-2014

Re: Signal is fine, won't stay connected....

This is a problem I also have with this device.  No other wireless adapter will do this.  I have replaced it once, and the new one does the exact same thing as the old.  It will stay connected and then suddenly will have "Limited Access" and cannot see any other network, or my own network once I disconnect it.  I have to physically remove the device and then plug it back in in order for it to work again.  The old one also had a problem with overheating rather quickly.  

 

I am running Windows 7 Professional 64 bit.  I suspect that it may be an incompatibility with the 64 bit version of the OS, as this is very similar to other issues I have run into in the past.

daddymoxx
Posts: 152
Registered: ‎05-06-2014

Re: Signal is fine, won't stay connected....

You deserve a two-thumbs-up, toomanydonuts, for describing Wireless Interference in detail. To reinforce your suggestion, adjusting the 2.4GHz wireless channel to 1, 6, or 11 should minimize interference plaguing WiFi devices and provide a stable broadcast signal.

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FurryNutz
Posts: 3,652
Registered: ‎05-02-2014

Re: Signal is fine, won't stay connected....

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What wireless modes are you using?
2.4Ghz and 5Ghz routers: Try single mode G or N or mixed G and N on 2.4Ghz and single mode N or Mixed on 5Ghz?
Channel Width set for Auto 20/40Mhz or try 20Mhz only.

What security mode are you using? Preferred security is WPA-Personal. WPA2 Only. http://kb.linksys.com/Linksys/ukp.aspx?vw=1&docid=8ce9e83bd3784001aee72da7f1ef48e8_Changing_the_basi...
http://kb.linksys.com/Linksys/ukp.aspx?pid=80&vw=1&articleid=19073

Ensure any devices with WiFi adapter drivers are updated.
Any 2.4Ghz or 5Ghz cordless house phones or WiFi APs near by?
Any other WiFi routers in the area? Link> Use http://www.techspot.com/downloads/5936-inssider.html to find out. Use v3. How many?
WMM Support must be enabled for single wireless N mode to function.
http://kb.linksys.com/Linksys/ukp.aspx?vw=1&articleid=5471

Router Placement
Forum User - "Well I feel really dumb. After moving the router away from other electronic devices my speeds are back to normal. Just a heads up for anyone experiencing slow speeds, you might want to move it away from other electronics and see if that helps."
3-6' feet minimum safe distance between devices.
Placement on main level floor and central in the building and WELL ventilated is preferred. Not in basements or closets as building materials, or near by electronics devices could interfere or hinder good signal propagation.
http://kb.linksys.com/Linksys/ukp.aspx?vw=1&docid=d9a3b1b2039741948a2365b053a93ea8_3759.xml&pid=80&r...
http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wireless/wireless-basics/31083-smallnetbuilders-wireless-faq-the-esse...

PC 3rd Party Security Software Configurations
Turn off all anti virus and firewall programs on PC while testing. 3rd party firewalls are not generally needed when using routers as they are effective on blocking malicious inbound traffic.
Turn off all devices accept for one wired LAN PC while testing.
Disable any downloading client software managers, i.e. Torrents or similar.

 

PC Web Browser Configurations
What browser are you using?
Try Opera or FF? If IE 8, 9, 10 or 11, set compatibility mode and test again.
Disable any security browser Add-ons like No Script and Ad-Block or configure them to allow All Pages when connected to the router.
Clear all browser caches.
Be sure to log into the Admin account on the router.
Try turning off these features in Chrome:
Top right corner, little bars for options > Settings > Settings (on left) > Show advanced settings.
Uncheck these:
Use a web service to help resolve navigation errors
Use a prediction service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar
Predict network actions to improve page load performance
Enable phishing and malware protection

 


graymayre wrote:

This is a problem I also have with this device.  No other wireless adapter will do this.  I have replaced it once, and the new one does the exact same thing as the old.  It will stay connected and then suddenly will have "Limited Access" and cannot see any other network, or my own network once I disconnect it.  I have to physically remove the device and then plug it back in in order for it to work again.  The old one also had a problem with overheating rather quickly.  

 

I am running Windows 7 Professional 64 bit.  I suspect that it may be an incompatibility with the 64 bit version of the OS, as this is very similar to other issues I have run into in the past.