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Wireless connection keeps dropping / disconnecting


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ashish.verma

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Hello there,

I have gone through almost 10 similar topics on this forum and several other random searches on google.

Ok so I have an Acer TravelMate 4150 laptop (which is almost 4 years old) and about a month old Belkin N Wireless Router (http://catalog.belki...oduct_Id=459569)

The problem is that the wireless connection keeps dropping every few minutes, say about 10 minutes, but I haven't noticed a specific pattern for these disconnections. Sometimes it lasts just for 1 minute and sometimes even 30!! The wireless network symbol (a single computer) in the taskbar keeps is turned on (blue) as long as its connected to the internet and the speed shows as 54 mbps. But, since I'm always expecting it to disconnect, so I keep checking the speed often and it sometimes goes down to 24 mbps and normally when the internet stops working it shows as 1 mbps, however, mostly the signal strength shows all 5 bars, though sometimes it does go down to like 2 bars!

The router is installed in my bedroom and I normally sit in the living room (so yes, a wall does come in the way of the router and my PC, however I sometimes have the door of the room closed and sometimes open which actually doesn't really make any difference). Also, I sit at a distance from the router which is not more than 20 - 30 feet!

Just to let you know, somtimes I have several other networks showing up on my networks list, and sometimes not. But it doesn't make any difference either.

I have been facing this problem ever since I have had this router installed; and yesterday I actually also formatted my system (for a completely different reason altogether though) and re-installed Windows XP Professional Version 2002 (then upgraded to SP2). Earlier I had SP3 installed. But the situation wit the network remains the same.

I downloaded the Wireless LAN drivers (both Broadcom and Intel) from Acer's website and installed both of them. I also tried upgrading the firmware of the router but it said that I already had the latest firmware installed. The wireless adapter that came pre-installed with my laptop is the: Intel® PRO/Wireless 2200BG network connection (dual-mode 802.11b/g)

I have a DSL modem (a BEETEL) that is connected to the router with a RJ45 cable; and when I connect my laptop to one of the 4 ports on the router through a RJ45 cable, the connection remains stable.

I'm using Airtel Broadband (384 kbps). Here is a link that I googled that helps to set up an Airtel Broadband connection: http://twincling.org/node/160 ; I'm giving you this link just in case if it helps you figure out the type of settings that an Airtel connection needs.

Any help with this would be greatly appreciated because the frequent dropping of the wireless is highly frustrating and now it's started to get on my nerves, so much that I'm not going to stop trying to fix it until I'm done fixing it!!


Cheers,

Ashish Verma

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Hello ashish.verma, and Welcome to Geeks To Go.

In my experience with these problems if you're always seeing other networks it may be the channel your router is using for the wireless. Check the manual on how to login to your router and test different channels to see if any other work out better.

If you're brave enough go here and download NetStumber. With this you can see the wireless networks in your area and the channel they're on. Then make yours different from theirs.

Let me know if this helps.

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Dear Unt,

First and foremost, much thanks for your reply. And I'm sorry for the so late response.

Earlier (actually just a few days after posting the topic) I had configured my router with the PPPoE settings which is actually supported by my ISP, and since then it had been working just fine. Only yesterday it started doing it again. I checked the router and the settings were all intact. Then I tried changing the channel and used it for about 2 hours after that, it seemed to work fine. I'll have to go back home tonight and check if it works fine henceforth. Hopefully it would.

However, after changing the channel I did see a dramatic change in the performance, so I believe the issue is the channel. Though it did get disconnected once after changing the channel, but it was just "once" in about 2 hours instead of every 2 minutes.

I'll let you know how it worked out for me.


Cheers mate!
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Dear Unt,

First and foremost, much thanks for your reply. And I'm sorry for the so late response.

Earlier (actually just a few days after posting the topic) I had configured my router with the PPPoE settings which is actually supported by my ISP, and since then it had been working just fine. Only yesterday it started doing it again. I checked the router and the settings were all intact. Then I tried changing the channel and used it for about 2 hours after that, it seemed to work fine. I'll have to go back home tonight and check if it works fine henceforth. Hopefully it would.

However, after changing the channel I did see a dramatic change in the performance, so I believe the issue is the channel. Though it did get disconnected once after changing the channel, but it was just "once" in about 2 hours instead of every 2 minutes.

I'll let you know how it worked out for me.


Cheers mate!
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