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    I'm going to smash my adapter!!

    This is a discussion on I'm going to smash my adapter!! within the Wireless / Adapters forums, part of the Sky Broadband help category; Firstly - many thanks to this forum for helping me so far with my utterly frustating wi-fi connection. Without your ...

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      Angry I'm going to smash my adapter!!



      Firstly - many thanks to this forum for helping me so far with my utterly frustating wi-fi connection. Without your fantastic help, I wouldn't even be this far, however......

      My wireless connection keeps droppping randomly, for a few seconds at a time, then reconnects. There seems to be no discernable pattern to it.

      Using the forum, so far since I got connected in Jan, I have tried:

      Replacing my USb 1.1 card for a USB 2.0
      Rebooting the server all night until I got a better SNR
      Changed to Channel 6 from 1 (and many other channels)
      Disabled UPnP
      Used Netstumbler to look for interference
      Dropped down to WEP from WPA-PSK

      AND STILL IT KEEPS DROPPING!!

      Should I just give up and drill through my floor to install a LAN cable?

      I'm using Win XP with a Sitecom 54g adapter (Maplins) through a USB hub. It sees the router with a 95% signal strength. I'm on Max, and get a healthy 12Mb connection (when it works). I can connect with no drops on my IPAQ & another PC with an old Belkin adapter.

      I have a suspicision that it continually scans, and as soon as one of the neighbours routers appears out of the ether, it stops, has a think, disconnects from my router, considers the other one, then ignores it & reconnects to mine!! Or so it seems.

      Am I missing anything?

      Eternally grateful for all the good advice

      (By the way, it hasn't dropprd one since I started typing this!)

      Mark


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      Post Re: I'm going to smash my adapter!!

      i had a similar problem with my laptop, try updating drivers on the adaptor. Is windows handling the wireless networks? if so there is an option for allowing them to auto connect try disabling for all other found networks.

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      Re: I'm going to smash my adapter!!

      No - the Sitecom software is handling it all. I got an email back from them some weeks ago (after a 2 wk wait) which suggested I change channel - v. helpful. It's a self-installing adaptor - it's got a small falsh drive on it which auto installs the software - think I'll be able to update it?

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      Re: I'm going to smash my adapter!!

      Just checked out their website - no driver upgrades available for this device.

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      Re: I'm going to smash my adapter!!

      Drill a hole and run a cable or try some ethernet over power adaptors

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      Re: I'm going to smash my adapter!!

      I suspect you're right. Wi-fi is indeed Crapola.

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      Re: I'm going to smash my adapter!!

      Generally those little USB sticks are a big poor when it comes to picking up signals, I have 3 USB devices here, and the built-in wireless of my laptop, but only the built-in wireless gives me a strong consistent signal and connection. The USB cards vary depending on where I am sitting, and which angle I have the laptops at. The Netgear router is definitely not sending out as strong a signal as my olf Buffalo router.

      There are other things you could try, such as putting a wireless repeater (access point) between the Sky router and your machine to boost the signal strengh - or buying the Sky recommended USB stick, but of course you will end up spending more money. One thing I had some success with a few months back (on my old ISP) was putting the USB stick on a long USB cable and blutacking it to the wall above me - I looked very silly, but the signal strength improved!

      The powerline ethernet option would be a good alternative to getting the drill out.

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      Re: I'm going to smash my adapter!!

      Thanks for the advice. Do you know if the Sky stick is supposed to be better?

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      Re: I'm going to smash my adapter!!

      the sky one isnt sky specific but a net gear model i can post the number here if u want! So u can look around the net. My dad paid about 28 quid for the sky one!

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      Re: I'm going to smash my adapter!!

      Sky use the Netgear WG111T 108Mbps Wireless USB2.0 Adapter

      This can be purchased from sky for 25 plus p&p or you can buy it at eg. ocuk for 35 plus p&p

      I would give it a try before you whip the drill out.

     

     
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