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    Connection drops on an evening (wi-fi)

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      Connection drops on an evening (wi-fi)

      Any ideas?
      My PC is connected my ethernet and never has any problems, however the wife's laptop is wireless and on an evening it keeps dropping the connection, it only seems to happen when there's 5 or more other wi-fi netwroks found.

      I've changed the SSID and the channel number a few times but nothing seems to help

      any ideas?
      the laptop is a MacBook, but that shouldn't affect it

      any help/replies would be greatly appreciated


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      Re: Connection drops on an evening (wi-fi)

      Quote Originally Posted by mmace View Post
      it only seems to happen when there's 5 or more other wi-fi netwroks found.
      Wow. 5 or more! That's a lot of other users close by.

      In that circumstance, changing wireless channels to as far away as possible from the other networks (particularly the stronger ones) is all you can do. If that doesn't work then you'll have to get a stronger signal (different router/aerial) to drown the others out or move the router closer to the laptop (or vice versa).

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      Re: Connection drops on an evening (wi-fi)

      Quote Originally Posted by Saturday View Post
      Wow. 5 or more! That's a lot of other users close by.

      In that circumstance, changing wireless channels to as far away as possible from the other networks (particularly the stronger ones) is all you can do. If that doesn't work then you'll have to get a stronger signal (different router/aerial) to drown the others out or move the router closer to the laptop (or vice versa).
      cheers m8, can you recommend a channel or how I can see what other channels the others are on?
      the laptop is 2.5 metres away from the router, can't get much closer than that! (don't want to wire it as it would go across the floor and we have a young baby starting to crawl!)

      yes, 5 is a lot, but on an average night there's 8 or more, we live in back to back terraced houses with all the houses around being very close to each other so I'm not surprised by the number of wi-fi signals!

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      Re: Connection drops on an evening (wi-fi)

      There are several free wireless utilities you can run which will give you details of the other networks but the ones I know of are Windows. There's MacStumbler for Macs but I don't have any personal experience of it.

      If you don't use a utility you'll just have to experiment with different channels.

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      Re: Connection drops on an evening (wi-fi)

      Just a thought, you have turned uPNP off in the router menu?

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      Re: Connection drops on an evening (wi-fi)

      Quote Originally Posted by Koala5 View Post
      Just a thought, you have turned uPNP off in the router menu?
      I have tried it with it turned off and it did the same, I leave it on though as I use it for various software and my NAS

     

     

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