Wireless Connection Drops

Discussion in 'Wireless Networking' started by Tom C., Dec 20, 2005.

  1. Tom C.

    Tom C. Guest

    I'm using a Netgear wg602 wireless access point with its latest posted
    firmware. This connects to a linksys DSL router. I've got a Dell Inspiron
    5100 laptop with a built-in wireless card and it's not more than 6 feet away
    from the AP. The signal bars on the laptop are pegged and Windows XP SP2
    says that signal strenght is excellent. After several minutes, the
    connection just drops. I can use the View Available Wireless Networks dialog
    to reconnect. And then several minutes later it drops again. I tried
    switching the AP from channel 11 to channel 1, but same results.

    Possible complicating factors: the laptop has AOL 9.0 loaded on it (not
    mine, btw :) and Trend Micro PC-cillin combined anti-virus and personal
    firewall. I did try disabling the firewall but that didn't make any
    difference. In general I'm always suspect of AOL stuff, so I thought I'd
    mention the fact that it's there. Finally, the pc has all of the latest
    Windows XP SP2 and beyond fixes on it. I've done a full anti-virus scan and
    spyware scan as well and came up clean. Any ideas? Thanks!
    Tom C., Dec 20, 2005
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  2. Tom C.

    Tom C. Guest

    Replying to myself here: Turned out that the drivers on laptop for the
    internal wireless card needed to be updated. Funny thing, this is one of the
    first things I tried to do, but the Dell support web site indicated that the
    only driver update file they had posted was specifically NOT for English
    language use (not for a Windows English Operating System). Only when I was
    at my wits end and did the extra research on the Dell web site support
    forums did I find out that the comments posted with the driver update were
    bogus and that I should just go ahead and use it anyway. I did, and now the
    laptop connects to the wireless LAN upon bootup, and STAYS connected!

    Thanks to this link provided in a post from Al Jarvi (MS-MVP Windows
    Networking) for making me go back and revisit the drivers issue. It was my
    first inclination, and probably should be yours.

    Tom C., Dec 21, 2005
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