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    Wireless dropping out

    This is a discussion on Wireless dropping out within the Wireless / Adapters forums, part of the Sky Broadband help category; I've been with Sky now for 2 months and up until 4 days ago have been very happy with connection. ...

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      Wireless dropping out

      I've been with Sky now for 2 months and up until 4 days ago have been very happy with connection. Over the past four days all of a sudden our 2 laptops would not connect wirelessly. We could get sometimes a local only connection but no internet. We used an ethernet cable and saw that there was a connection so it didn't seem to be sky or the router at fault. I called Sky 2 nights ago and was talked through changing some of the wireless adapter settings on my laptop ip address and dns was changed i think. Eventually the numbers the lady had me change worked and I got my wireless connection back.... for all of 2 hours!
      We lost the wireless connection again last night and since then I have been trying changing various settings myself to see if I could get it working again. I tried changing the channel as we have a lot of wireless networks that we can see when we search, they are mostly sky and bt. That didnt work anyway so i changed my wireless settings to auto ip address and auto dns and lo and behold this has worked... so far for the past 30 mins anyway. The question I have is that how come my connection has been flawless over the last two months (i had forwarded a port for utorrent and set up static ip address) and all of a sudden it decides not to work? It means too that utorrent is not working properly as I have got rid of the static ip address, and if i set this back up there is a chance I will lose my wireless connection again arrrggghh! Any advice?


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      Re: Wireless dropping out

      we have a lot of wireless networks that we can see when we search
      I think this is at the root of your problem. In the evening, when all the other networks are in use, this will be worse. With 1 or 2 networks near you you can usually get round it by changing the channel, but once this number increases, problems really begin. There is not really a way around it except not using wireless. This is one of the reasons Homeplug Networks are becoming more and more popular.

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      Re: Wireless dropping out

      Quote Originally Posted by Isitme View Post
      I think this is at the root of your problem. In the evening, when all the other networks are in use, this will be worse. With 1 or 2 networks near you you can usually get round it by changing the channel, but once this number increases, problems really begin. There is not really a way around it except not using wireless. This is one of the reasons Homeplug Networks are becoming more and more popular.

      Thanks for your reply. Even during the day today it has been disconnecting me. I downloaded Netstumbler but it did not find any wireless networks or even what channel they were using (unless i am not using it correctly!) But I know that when i do a search to find available networks to connect to I get 2 or 3 others other than my own. I managed to connect wirelessly for a couple of hours there but then it dropped again. I went into the hall where the router is and got a connection by sitting right next to the router. But when I went back through to the lounge (on the other side of the wall, no more than 10 ft) it dropped again.
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      Re: Wireless dropping out

      Hello,

      If you have all ready changed the channel number i am guessing you have used high numbers like 10 - 13

      If this did not work change the mode on the wireless settings on the router page see how you get on with that,

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      Re: Wireless dropping out

      Check at the manufacturers site to see if you have the latest available drivers for your wireless adapter, updating these may help.

      You might also want to try to borrow a USB adapter from a friend to try. If it solves your problem, you could buy one.

      I am fairly sure it is interference from other networks that is causing your problem. BT in particular are giving out routers which they boast can reach to the bottom of the garden. Unfortunately they are also likely to interfere with everyone else around them.

      You might also want to experiment with changing the orientation of your router. I am assuming you have one of the black ones with the built in aerial, one type has the aerial in the bottom and the other in the top. Just turning it around may make a difference.

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      Re: Wireless dropping out

      also the 2.4 Ghz band is chock full of devices that aren't routers, wireless doorbells, speakers, video senders, Bluetooth devices, even my central heating is wireless on the thermostat and the clock timer talking to the boiler.

      With all this clutter and as said beofre newer and more powerful routers the age of a decent wi-fi connection is now over and I would really suggest using homeplugs, even if it means using them to put a wireless access point in the room you want to use the laptop in if you don't want to go wired.
      I'm a PC, and Windows 7 Backup saved my sanity when BitDefender imploded !!!

     

     

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