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12-07-2008 09:59 AM
My laptop is taken from my house to friends' houses and many other places with usually no issues seeking wireless connections.
When I go home, it connects to my router flawlessly having already stored my router's password.
When i travel to my fiancee's apartment her router shows up and usually (slowly) makes its connection after about a minute or two (considerably slower than mine at home).
It connects fine. After a while, at random it just drops the connection for some reason. I open up the network and sharing centerto fix the problem,
[Computer] ------- [router] ------ [globe/internet]
will read a big red X between [router] --X-- [globe/internet] .
I usually just click the red X, it thinks for a minute and then connects again, however this is very annoying as i like to play online games and this completely destroys any chance of playing these games.
It connects automatically once i click the red X to have it automatically repair, It goes in spurts. sometimes it happesn often, sometimes it doesnt at all.
I am running windows vista, on an HP pavilion dv2500 CTO laptop with an onboard wireless card. (I know i am not hitting the wireless button on accident)
this laptop has given me tons of problems since literally three days after the 1 month default warrenty HP gives you. It took me 15 reformat to default factory settings for it actually be able to reboot to full, normally. That being said it is working fine now, and this issue has been happening for months.
It works fine on most routers just not this one, a belkin I believe. (Mine is a linksys standard router)
any help is appreciated!
12-08-2008 05:42 AM
Couple of key points you mention - works fine at other places - so you know the issue isn't your adapter.
Apartment - there's probably tons of interference from other peoples cordless phones, microwaves and other electronics. I'd use a cable to connect and see if you have any issues that way. Also, is she online at the same as you or other devices using the wireless connection at the same time? Could be the router just isn't strong enough to maintain multiple wireless connections (very old, very cheap or defective).
Maybe she needs a booster on the antenna to improve signal strength, you can build your own relatively cheaply (I've seen them done with an aluminum pie place if complete 360 degree directionality isn't an issue).
12-08-2008 11:50 AM