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how can i fix my wireless router? Answered

Whenever i connect to my network with my new wireless card it connects fine. But after 5 minutes it disconnects from the internet and changes to local only. At first i thought it was the wireless card but i took the computer to my friends house and it stayed on the internet continuously. Anyone have any ideas on how to fix this problem other than disabling and re-enabling every 5 minutes
 

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orksecurityBest Answer (author)2010-11-13

I had that symptom for a while. It turned out that there was some form of RF noise or shielding that was causing the connection to lose packets and, eventually, die.

Moving the computer closer to the router would have solved it. Since I couldn't do that, I switched to a directional antenna (cantenna, side-fired coffee-can variety) and that improved signal-to-noise ratio enough to solve the problem.

Better wireless hardware might also have solved the problem, since my other computer connecting to the same router from one room away didn't lose the connection. Adjusting the network parameters to retry longer before giving up on the connection might also have helped.

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orksecurity (author)orksecurity2010-11-13

Note that if this *is* the problem, moving the router to a more central location in your house, so you have better signal strength in the outlying rooms, may help. (I just did that with my wireless phone; it made a huge difference.)

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frollard (author)2010-11-13

Definitely try as orksecurity says -- higher gain antennas / directional antennas can be helpful, unless your interference is in line of sight in which case a better antenna will also amplify the unintended interference.

I recommend as a first easy step - go into your router's settings, and most allow you to select a channel, 1-13 for G wireless, different for N wireless. Default is usually 6. They correlate to the frequency used by the spectrum, and if there are lots in the area using 6, you'll have interference. What I usually do is avoid 1, 6, and 13 as they are the most commonly selected. Pick 2.3.4 or 8.9.10. This can alleviate a lot of issues.

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mwrenfro (author)2010-11-13

Any other wireless devices in the house (not obvious from your first comment, since all the other devices could be wired)? If so, do they exhibit the same behavior? If there are no other wireless devices, could your friend bring a wireless device over from his house and see if he has the same problem? If you've only tested one wireless device with the router, there are possible causes other than a bad router.

Does the problem laptop have the same problem everywhere in the house? Does it work when you're right next to the router, but stops working further away? If it works in some locations, but not others, then it may be related to signal strength.

If it's a PC laptop, can you boot off a Linux Live CD, configure the wireless, and stay connected? If the laptop stays connected on Linux, but not on Windows, it's at least partially software/driver-related.

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blkhawk (author)2010-11-13

It could be a problem of your ISP (Internet service Provider). I sometimes experience the same problem. It might not be anything at your end. Call their support number to see what they can do.

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gantyman (author)blkhawk2010-11-13

i was thinking that but all the other computers (laptops included) in my house can connect fine and stay on the network

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