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Old 08-23-2010, 11:09 PM
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wireless router issue

I have an issue with my wireless router. I have internet from the cable modem.

the issue is when I shut the laptop down then come back later I can connect to the router but it says no internet and I have to fiddle with the modem, rotuer, and laptop wireless.

router is a Linksys by Cisco N ultra range plus model WRT160N


*update* now the internet is being dropped left and right

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Old 08-24-2010, 03:09 AM
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Do you by any chance live in a reinforced steel building? I had a faraday cage effect in my house... far are you from your router? What is your signal strength?
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Have you tried hitting it with a hammer? That normally helps, as the new one generally works great
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Old 08-24-2010, 12:57 PM
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First step would be to attempt to isolate the issue. Connect your laptop directly to the cable modem and test the reliability of the modem. If the connection is okay, then suspect the culprit is the wireless router, which may need to be reset, firmware upgraded or replaced.

If the cable modem is the culprit, then have the cable tech dept. test the signal strength from their side, possibly evens send out a service guy to check it at the street box and at the house connection.
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Old 08-24-2010, 01:17 PM
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Sounds good. The wireless router is practically new out of the box.

I'll report back later

I do know that the cable guy was amazed at my connection. I'm not an IT major so I have no idea what he said but the value for signal strength was -1.. which is apprently very good. He mentioned that it needs to be between -7 and 7... I guess is good. I think he said I'm down stream..
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Old 08-24-2010, 01:57 PM
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Verify you drivers are current.
Check for a firmware upgrade on the router (Do it carefully).

Check you have DHCP enabled on the router, and on the laptop.

If the problems continue.

1). uninstall the driver from the laptop and reinstall.

Still no good ??
2)Contact Cisco support.
I had a D-link setup that did a similiar thing.
They gave me a parameter change that cured it for a while.
I don't remember what the parm was.

Oh also try set the router to only connect at ?? speed and set the card the same. thats another idea.

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Old 08-24-2010, 06:02 PM
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Home series routers are junk. That said, if your wireless works reliably elsewhere on other connections, then it is the router itself. Try replacing it.

Personally I have found netgear wireless products to be more stable, especially in the long term.

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Old 08-24-2010, 07:34 PM
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I am having a problem with my new Linksys also. Once or twice a week it would loose the signal and i pull out the power plug from the router for about 10 seconds and i am good to go. Don't know what the problem is.
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Old 08-24-2010, 08:04 PM
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Check your wireless lan card and turn off the power save setting. Basically set it to always on. Your router isn't releasing the ip lease and the computer is trying to obtain a new ip address when the router is looking for the previous ip the computer had.
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Old 08-24-2010, 11:48 PM
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I will give it a try.

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