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Networking Questions and Answers - Wireless Router Connection Problem

B.T. writes in with a networking question

Question:
My network connection is sporadic. When I boot my computer, the connection works fine--I can use the internet, check my e-mail, and do other general networking activities--but after about 30 minutes, I totally lose the connection to the router and must reboot the computer in order to regain connection. I am using WPA-PSK and I am only having this problem on this computer. There are other computers on the network but they are not having this problem. I have disabled the 802.? authentication but I am still having problems. PLEASE HELP!!!!

Answer: I have seen this before when wireless computers use wireless security to connect to the router. The way I have solved it in the past was to re-setup the settings in the router and the computer for the wireless security. It appears that if the connection drops for some reason that it doesn't want to connect again unless you do it manually. I have not seen it go as far as having to reboot though. Have you tried right clicking on your wireless connection and selecting view available wireless networks and then reconnect?

A good test of the security settings would be to disable it and connect to the router without a key. Then see if it still drops the connection. If so you may want to look into your wireless adapter and maybe even see if there is an updated driver.

 

 



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