Wireless Connection Drops when other wireless network is available

Discussion in 'Wireless Networking' started by Guest, Jun 18, 2005.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I have been using a Netgear wireless access point with my Dell Latitude for a
    couple of years now without any troubles. Today, our wireless connection
    keeps dropping. When I look at the available wireless networks, there are
    now multiple options when there used to be only one. Apparently one of my
    neighbors now has a wireless network. When I try to reconnect to my own
    network after being dropped, it wouldn't connect. I discoverd that my
    network authentication setting had changed from 'shared' to 'open'. I
    switched it back and was able to connect. A few minutes later, the
    connection dropped again. Sure enough, the authentication setting had
    switched to 'open' again. Any idea why this is happening? -- or why the
    availability of another network would cause my connection to drop?
    Guest, Jun 18, 2005
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    Guest Guest

    Hi there,

    Not too sure on the authentication side of things, but having a Netgear box
    myself I would recommend upgrading the firmware first you haven’t already, it
    has solved alot of issues with dropped connections and encryption, this could
    solve the very bug your speaking of.

    Then I would take a look at the channel your wireless device is broadcasting
    on, as you may or may not know, wireless frequencies work or a range of
    channels depending on what part of the world you’re in will determine how
    many channel you have.

    Off the top of my head I think its 10 channels for the US, 12 for Europe and
    13 for Asia??? Could be wrong, but anyway your box will be using one of them
    and without getting in to too much technical stuff about frequencies, it
    basically spreads its self over more than one channel, say its set to channel
    4, it will use 3,5 and maybe even 2 and 6 (don’t quote me on that) but you
    can see a problem arising if 2 devices are broadcasting on channels close to
    each other.

    So when there is more than one wireless device broadcasting its frequency
    they can sometimes interfere which each other, causing loss of connections
    and dropped packets, etc, etc (the nature of wireless!) So if you change the
    channel to one that is not in the same range as the other wireless devices
    (Using the netgear connection software will tell you what channel all the
    devices are on) you may find the connection drops might stop, if not improve
    at least.

    Hope this helps and is not insulting your level of technical expertise, but
    its best to start with the simple stuff first! ;)


    Guest, Jun 18, 2005
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    Clark Guest

    Did you protect your system by changing your SSID and password? If not,
    someone might be able to just sign on your network and change it for you.

    Are you using MAC Filtering on your system?

    Clark, Jun 19, 2005
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    Scott Guest


    I used to see my neighbors Netgear wireless setup on my laptop when I sat on
    my deck. Since I switched my channel from 6 to 1, I don't see him any more...
    and I assume he doesn't see me.

    Scott, Jun 21, 2005
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