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Yep....another person with WRT54G dropout problems...

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by daveraleigh, May 4, 2005.

  1. daveraleigh

    daveraleigh Network Guru Member

    Least I think it's the router...
    I have an 2 month old Inspiron 9300 with the Intel 2200 card.
    Bought the linskys router at around the same time.
    I had no problems for the first month and then noticed my wireless connection dropping out. Sometimes I could find my router on the list of networks and sometimes there were none listed.
    I wasn't sure if it was the card, the router or the DSL modem....until during one dropout I had my roommate try to get online with his PDA and he couldn't. Soooo...that led me to believe it's either the router or the modem.
    I've installed the lastest firmware for the router. Made sure I switched over to PPPoE for my DSL account. I'm using the Intel manager instead of Windows.
    It's very random and very frustrating. I'm using the WEP b/c according to the linksys tech guy, WPA "isn't supported very well" by the router. However, I've seen many posts around the net from ppl that have no problem with it.
    Can you suggest any other settings on the router that need to be checked and what they should be set at?
    I've done a few searches here and will continue to try to find threads that already discuss this....but thought I'd go ahead and put this out there in case you can lead me to the best thread/posts or if you have any ideas.

    I'm sure there is some stuff I'm forgetting to add...so let me know if you need more info.
    EDITED to add: It's not a telephone problem. I've used the phone while online and never a dropout.

    Thanks for any help!!!!!!
     
  2. gotamd

    gotamd Network Guru Member

    Try setting the wireless beacon interval to 50 instead of 100. This worked for me. No dropouts since.
     
  3. daveraleigh

    daveraleigh Network Guru Member

    Thanks for the advice..
    I'm a bit of a noob at all of these...pretty much learning as I troubleshoot...

    Can you point me in the direction of where to change the beacon settings?
     
  4. gotamd

    gotamd Network Guru Member

    Sure thing:

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  5. jagboy

    jagboy Network Guru Member

    i think that you could go woth 50 as the beacon interval or 100. i would not advise you to go higher
     
  6. gotamd

    gotamd Network Guru Member

    I would think that the lower the number, the less likely you are to experience dropouts. It may decrease the effective speed a bit though.
     
  7. daveraleigh

    daveraleigh Network Guru Member

    thanks for the pic!
    Found it and changed it....so we'll see if that helps.
    Also wondering if I should have "Broadcast SSID" enabled or disabled?
    I have it enabled b/c some of the linksys Knowledge base stuff says to...but I've also seen alot of posts that say you shouldn't.
    How 'bout the MAC address thingy? Again some of the Linksys info at their site says to have it disabled but also have seen posts about using it for security...
    I'm using channel 11 (can't remember if that's in the original post) b/c tech support had me change it from the default during one of my sessions with them. Should I choose another channel?

    Again...thanks for the help. Hoping changing the beacon will work.
     
  8. daveraleigh

    daveraleigh Network Guru Member

    Oh well....next suggestion?
    Just had a dropout...but at least it reconnected rather quickly.
     
  9. gotamd

    gotamd Network Guru Member

    You could try lowering it some more. *shrug*
     
  10. jagboy

    jagboy Network Guru Member

    did you try wpa. sometimes that can hlep keep you conected. sometimes this hlpes me. are you sure it is not your clients adpaters.
     
  11. daveraleigh

    daveraleigh Network Guru Member

    I might try that again...but I had dropout with that, too.
    Had 3 dropouts last night...
    Almost everytime it happens, I notice another secured network listed in the available networks. It's always the same one "ACE"...but always has a weaker signal than mine.
    Also during one of the drops, I could see my router, the "ACE' and an unsecured Netgear...and even though I could see my router listed...it wouldn't connect immediately. It would try and fail.
    Could there be some conflict b/w my router and this "ACE" network? Like using the same channel? I switched from "11" to "9", last night. Wondering if that'll make a difference...

    Am I wrong to assume it's the router since both my laptop and my rooomate's PDA couldn't get on after the drop?
     
  12. jagboy

    jagboy Network Guru Member

    or you could do what i did. you could get some big 19dbi gain antennas get dd-wrt and crank up the power on the router. this will blow all the wireless networks out of the water!!!! :twisted:
     
  13. beameup

    beameup Guest

    Any 2.4ghz phones nearby?

    I unplugged my 2.4 ghz phones and haven't had any dropouts so far(24hrs). Think i solved my dropout problem.
     
  14. jagboy

    jagboy Network Guru Member

    this is the problem most of the time
     

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