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Wifi Disconnects Frequently

Last response: in Components
March 30, 2011 6:28:15 AM

I have an old laptop (4 years) that I use as a workstation. The problem is that it seems to have problem with Wifi connectivity to my router. I replaced the router thinking that it was the problem and while it did get a little better, it still disconnects.

Not only does it disconnect but I have a lot of problems with AJAX type websites (such as ones that use Disqus for comments) because I think it has too much latency.

I have the latest driver installed. I am running Windows XP Media Center Edition.

I've done simple things like move it around, take off the bottom plate and so on.

I also have a netbook, and I can use it from the same location without any problems whatsoever.

I am looking for the lowest cost solution to this problem.

(Note: In my apartment there are jacks for cable and a satellite system that are both inactive. If I can't get good wifi to this machine, I am wondering if I can buy adapters and run my network through the cables. Thoughts? )
March 30, 2011 7:17:39 PM

I did some more testing to try and localize the problem.

My original analysis was incorrect.

Using my Android phone set to wifi mode, I was able to conclude it wasn't that specific laptop.

I could see that when the laptop disconnected, so did the android.

The wifi signal from the router itself seems to be dropping very frequently.

I even tried moving the laptop into the room near the wifi router and still got drops.

Right now I am trying to see if there is some interference maybe from a neighbors cordless phone.

I am testing with setting the wifi channel to a specific number instead of auto. So far, no difference. I tried 2 and 8 (not sure what the "best" channel is ) and now am trying 6.

I should let you know I am connected to the Internet with Clear Wimax.

I also separated the wifi and wimax routers so that they wouldn't interfere with each other. Yet still get drops.
March 30, 2011 7:22:59 PM

This article:

Suggests 1 and 11 and says 6 is the default. Mine was set to AUTO. Is there any way of telling what channel the wifi is running on when it's set to auto?

If 6 doesn't work, I guess I'll try 1 and 11.

There are quite a few wifi's in my neighborhood (apartment buildings) so I'm hoping this is the problem...

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April 6, 2011 2:54:21 AM

Setting it to 11 fixed the disconnect problem.

As I mentioned there are quite a few Wifi hubs in these apartments.

April 13, 2011 5:37:50 AM

Best answer selected by aford10.