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Internet Connection drops and sometimes disappears

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I have been having consistent problems with my network connection for the past 6 months. Every few minutes or so, the internet connection will drop momentarily and then reestablish itself. It doesn't have to renew the IP address and all because it's so quick. After a while, the entire network will simply disappear from my wireless list and I'll have to go and reset it for the connection to reappear. I have a Linksys WRT54G wireless router and a Motorolla SBV5120 Cable Modem. All computers have Windows XP SP2. I've tried updating the firmware on the router, changing the frequency of transmission in case of a conflict, and switching out the router for a netgear one. (the problem remained after this switch). I currently have 2 wireless and 2 hardwired computers using the router and all have the same problem with the lag and constant drops.

What could be causing this?

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Hello DavidPM and welcome to G2G, :whistling:

Your cable modem has a SEND, RECIEVE, and ONLINE light.... When your network goes down.... what Lights are solid... What Lights are flashing.... and what lights are blank.

On Your router.... do you have WPA TKIP enabled as your wireless encryption or WEP? When the network goes down What Lights are Solid, Flashing and Blank ?

Make sure to read the tiny labels under the lights, when you post back thier status', so we dont get confused.

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