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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