"chrisa" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> I've been having connectivity problems for months and it's driving me
> I have a home networking package consisting of 1 modem, 1 Linksys
> Wireless B router, a destop and a laptop. My internet connection is
> perfectly fine, if I run the cable from my modem directly to either my
> desktop or laptop, I connect fine 24/7 with no issues. But when I run
> the connection through the wireless router, I have frequent dropped
> connections throughout the day. Sometimes I get lucky and the
> connection holds for a full day without dropping, sometimes it drops
> literally every 20 minutes. Here is the weird part, if the connection
> drops, I unplug the cable going from the modem to the wireless router
> and plug it directly into my laptop so that the laptop is connected to
> the modem, and then verify that there's a connection from my modem,
> there always is. I then plug the cable back into the wireless router,
> and then the wireless connection is somehow "reset" and works
> again(until it drops again in another hour of course). Now if I simply
> unplug the line from the router wihtout plugging it into my laptop and
> then plug it back into the router(I wait a few minutes between
> replugging), the connection will NOT re-establish. It will ONLY
> re-establish if I first connect it to my computer. I am absolutely
> baffled as to what is causing this problem.
> I have the router's setting to get an IP address automatically, I'm
> using WPA for security.
> And in addition, I had bought a Netgear router
thinking something was
> just wrong with the router, but I had the IDENTICAL same problem but
> even MORE frequent disconnections. So I took it back to the store.
Do a hard reset of the router, by holding the Reset button for 30 seconds or
more and power recycle the router off/on. Your router will be reset to
factory default settings so you'll have to set the WAP key again.
You can disable the Wireless Zero Configuration on XP to see if that's
dropping the wireless connection as the machine tries to connect to other
networks in your area, dropping your connection.
You can have some kind wireless interference that could be happening that's
causing the connection to be lost.
If you got a friend with a wireless laptop, then have them come over and
connect to see if the problem follows. If the problem doesn't follow with
the friend's computer, then may be your wireless card is going defective.
If the problem follows to your friend's computer, then you might have some
kind of interference happening.