Writing here in hope of some tips on how to stabilize a very unstable
I'm in a building with 5-10 active access points at all times. Half of them
are unsecured, which is the way some of us like to keep it.
1. Frequent dropouts according to the WinXP WIFI Network Connector
2. It might be stable for hours, and then go wild for minutes or longer
3. It affects me as well as several of my neightbors
4. Sometimes the XP Network Connector will report "not connected"
even though I have contact and can surf the net
5. Sometimes it will report "connected", and I have IP, can ping the
gateway fine, but is unable to go any further
6. Sometimes trying to reconnect it will just sit there trying..and trying..
7. Sometimes it will reconnect, but then fail to obtain an IP
8. Trying to hook up to neighboor's wifi nets sometimes succeeds,
9. Rebooting will often help, especially to remedy point 6 and 7 -- at least
for a while
10. Sometimes, apparently when the net goes wild, Network Stumbler
will show one or several access points erraticly dropping in and out
11.The XP Network Connector will also erraticly show/hide different
wifi nets clicking the "refresh" task in those situations
12. The problem was -worse- before we got people to put in SSIDs and
change channels, but is far from gone
1. My NIC is a DLink DWL520+. I had no problems in my previous flat.
2. All the wifi nets have unique SSID's and most are spread out on
different channels (although some overlap on channel 6)
3. Network stumbler report a stable 66-74db signal on all the wifi nets
4. The XP Network Connector also report strong signals
5. The access points are mostly a mix of Linksys, Dlinks and 3Coms.
Does anyone have a clue as to what the cause(s) may be?
What also puzzles me are how sometimes nets are not shown on the XP Network Connector, but checking with Network Stumbler the nets look
strong, stable and fine. Is XP inaccurate?
Also, does anyone know a way to control the wifi settings in Windows
XP? The options on the DLink driver seems to have little or no effect,
and there is no control panel applet or obvious place in the registry to
change settings. All in all I think XP provides far too few options in
Last question: Network Stumbler would be prefect had it also had the ability
to connect to the different APs/wifi nets by clicking on them, bypassing the
need for the XP Network Connector alltoghether. Anyone know of a utility that
has this ability?
Thank's in advance for *any* input.