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December 30, 2011 12:57:16 PM

We dual boot 2 machines.
My acer laptop with Vista / Ubuntu 11.10.
Mrs HP Desktop with Windows 7 / Ubuntu 11.10.
G router gave up - Hooked up old Linksys "B" router and gave it "HOME" network connection. (Wireless)
WEP encrypted - yes weak I know.
Problem: Something creating weird connections / networks -
Wife lost internet - "HOME 2" connected - not ours...
I had internet - also had "network 4", "network 5", and "unknown network" -- ALL not ours.
Anybody know where this stuff comes from?
If I boot into linux I cannot find these networks listed but will have still lost internet connectivity.
To get internet back - I have to shutdown and unplug wireless router.
Then all goes back to normal...
Thanks for any ideas.

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December 30, 2011 1:53:35 PM

Sounds like you may have a driver issue in windows, every time you reinstall drivers for your NIC, it will progressively count up Local Area Connection 1, 2, 3, etc etc.

Can you get connected if you plug directly into the router? give that a shot first because if you can, you know its a problem with the wireless connection itself and maybe not the router.

OTher things that may have changed during this swap over, Wireless Channel. Which wireless channel are you running? Try manually choosing another wireless channel, Try changing the SSID and then try removing the WEP encryption to see if you can establish connectivity once again. After you've established connectivity you can re-enable WEP etc.

Also when your connected, open a command prompt and type ipconfig and lets see if your obtaining an IP address from the router properly
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December 30, 2011 2:05:35 PM

jgutz2006 said:
Sounds like you may have a driver issue in windows, every time you reinstall drivers for your NIC, it will progressively count up Local Area Connection 1, 2, 3, etc etc.

Can you get connected if you plug directly into the router? give that a shot first because if you can, you know its a problem with the wireless connection itself and maybe not the router.

OTher things that may have changed during this swap over, Wireless Channel. Which wireless channel are you running? Try manually choosing another wireless channel, Try changing the SSID and then try removing the WEP encryption to see if you can establish connectivity once again. After you've established connectivity you can re-enable WEP etc.

Also when your connected, open a command prompt and type ipconfig and lets see if your obtaining an IP address from the router properly


Microsoft Windows [Version 6.0.6002]
Copyright (c) 2006 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

C:\Users\Garland>ipconfig

Windows IP Configuration


Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::b47e:434d:eb6c:70c0%8
IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.0.1
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::ac7c:619:f49:8105%7
IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.1.100
Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : fe80::b47e:434d:eb6c:70c0%7
192.168.1.1

Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection*:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :

Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 2:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :

Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 10:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :

Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 12:

Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
Connection-specific DNS Suffix . :

C:\Users\Garland>ipconfig
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December 30, 2011 2:06:47 PM

I dont know what the tunnel connections are either
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December 30, 2011 2:09:35 PM

My laptop stays plugged directly into the router.
I don't have a cable that will reach the wife's desktop so it is wireless only.

Will try the ssid change, wep disable, and channel changes next time I lose connectivity.
Sometimes hours before loss - usually when wife is on Facebook - but other times as well.
Thanks again.
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December 30, 2011 7:48:14 PM

Best answer selected by garfox.
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December 30, 2011 7:52:51 PM

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