losing internet connection

Discussion in 'Wireless Networking' started by Guest, Dec 29, 2006.

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    Guest Guest

    Help! I have a desktop and two laptops, both of which use wireless network.
    When we first set the network up, it worked great. Then, the hard drive in
    my son's laptop had to be replaced and ever since then I have had problems
    with the network. What happens is this: My son leaves his laptop on all the
    time. When my husband uses his laptop and then turns it off, we lose the
    internet connection. No one can access the internet until we reboot the
    modem and the router. Apparently my husband's computer is acting as a server
    and when he turns it off, the server goes off also.What can be causing this?
    I feel like it is my son's computer, because he has been gone to basic
    training and I turned his computer off and haven't had the problem at all,
    but I have been trying to correct it this week.And, it started giving us
    problems when he had the hardrive replaced in his computer. I have
    reinstalled the network cards on both computers, reinstalled the network
    connections on both computers making sure that all the computers were turned
    on, and still have the problem. I have called Dell, my cable company, and
    Netgear, where I purchased the router. I did notice that after I deleted and
    reinstalled the network setup today that my son's laptop gave me a message
    that windows could not configure the network. Also, my network name is
    dragRacers and in network places on my son's computer, it says Network
    connection 3, but when you click on it, it says it is connected to
    dragRacers. Shouldn't the name of the connection also be dragRacers? Any
    ideas would be greatly appreciated.
    Guest, Dec 29, 2006
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    David Hettel Guest

    Hmm I have a theory, don't know if it's right or not. You son's laptop maybe
    going into power save mode, if it's always on but not being used. And
    shutting down the wireless card for a small period of time. If the firmware
    on the wireless router has not been updated it's possible that this power
    save mode is not fully supported. I'd suggest that you go into the
    properties for the wireless card and disable all power saving features on

    Also and the better choice would be to check with Netgear for a firmware
    update for your router.

    Your network connection icon's are generally given names that reflect what
    they are, rather than what they connect to. You can right click on the icon
    and rename it if you want. But network icon's name don't change based on
    what they are connected to. So if you set it to dragRacers it would display
    that name if connected to your Netgear, to a neighbor's access point, the
    local library, or the school's network.

    David Hettel

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    David Hettel, Dec 29, 2006
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