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temperamental wireless connection

samuraiya

Ok, this question might stick out as a sore thumb in the chickchat forum, but it's been bugging me for a while, and I can't seem to find an answer that's not full of computer jargon/acronyms. Why does my wireless signal keep changing from good to low to very good, then low again, even if my computer is in the same spot? It's driving me crazy!
Apr 16, 2008 @ 05:37 pm

11 Replies

hunter_jc

Where are you using your computer?

Are you using it at home and its happening there or is it at work or other places?
Apr 16, 2008 @ 05:59 pm
Nik05

My kind of question...

I actually do techinical support for wireless connections..
Wireless is never a sure thing, you're never gonna get a 100% connection. There are so many factors that affect your signal. The big thing is cordless phones, a lot of cordless phones run on the same frequencies as routers and wireless gateways (usually 2.4ghz.) Find out the frequency of your router and cordless phone (if you have any) and make sure they're not the same. As well, microwaves and baby monitors usually run on the 2.4 frequency as well and can affect your signal (even if not in the same room). If you're in an apartment, the odd time neighbours devices like this can affect your signal. Walls and floors are another factor, the furthur you are, and the more between you, the weaker the signal (though in this case..I don't think these factors would affect you much, since you mentioned that you do at times get a stronger signal).

While those are some outside factors, sometimes it may be a problem with your router/gateway transmitting the signal. Changing the transmit channel will sometimes help improve your signal strength. If you log in to your device and go to the wireless settings page, there should be a drop down menu to change this. I usually recommend trying out channels 1, 6 or 11.

Best bet is to always try hardwiring, but of course, it's not always possible or convenient. Hopefully something I've mentioned helps improve your signal!
Apr 16, 2008 @ 06:14 pm
samuraiya

wow!

Thanks so much Nik05! I actually understood everything you wrote!

I'll test out the channels later. But, how would you change the frequency if the router is indeed using the same frequency as the cordless phones?
Apr 16, 2008 @ 06:33 pm
hunter_jc

Let us know how it goes later.

Sometimes it might even be driver issues or the network card is not good.
Apr 16, 2008 @ 06:36 pm
Tiffani

!

Good job Nik05
Apr 16, 2008 @ 06:37 pm
Nik05

boo frequency...

The bad thing with the frequency, is that it's not something that you can change (as far as I know with routers you cant). A lot of times, you would need to purchase a new router or offending device (phone, baby monitor, etc.). It sucks, but will usually correct the issue, since they interfere with each other.
Apr 16, 2008 @ 07:11 pm
Ali de Bold

Nik05

You are right on. Impressive :) Techie Chicks rock!

Also, your wireless internet connectivity/speed issues can be related to high volume downloading or someone else accessing your network. I'm sure you have password protected it, but if someone manages to hack it or you aren't password protected you will be sharing your bandwidth with possibly a lot of people. I find if I am uploading a bunch of stuff such as a large volume of photos or something, that can affect it.

I'd be curious to know what router you have? We used a linksys one for the longest time, but after a while it was useless so we switched to two apple ones, which are MUCH better. The only thing is my cordless phones are totally screwed up now as the routers interfere with the phone signal. *Sigh* You just can't win sometimes!
Apr 16, 2008 @ 07:57 pm
Ali de Bold

1 other thing

If you haven't already, try rebooting it. Completely unplug your modem AND your router for about a minute and then plug the modem back in, followed by the router. That may help reset your connection. Towards the end with the Linksys router we did this every day several times a day and it worked, but was a pain. I now only have to do that once every few months.
Apr 16, 2008 @ 07:59 pm
hunter_jc

What computer are you using?

Right now it is very hard to diagnose the real issue here. You have to tell us more, like are you close to the router? What is your computer system?
Apr 16, 2008 @ 08:03 pm
samuraiya

Ahhhh! So many things to check!

I'll have to get back to you on this later. Can't deal with it right now.

But, I'm using the D-Link Wireless N, had it for less than a year. Should be fine with range... it's probably because of all the wireless phones in my house. We basically have one in every room and every floor! I'm sure the cells in my body are slowly degenerating with all the wireless frequencies in this house!

Thanks again everyone for you comments and suggestions! I really appreciate it. This is so much better than trying to go through the telephone tree to talk to tech support! Will report back soon.
Apr 16, 2008 @ 08:23 pm

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