Brand New WRT54GS drops Wifi randomly

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by stanward, Sep 12, 2005.

  1. stanward

    stanward Network Guru Member


    I purchased a brand new WRT54GS from CompUSA and the wifi drops every now and then.

    With my laptop on the wireless G, I get a "VERY GOOD" signal strength and the drop outs are random.

    I updated to the most current Linksys firmware, but that has not helped any.

    Anyone have any ideas?

  2. elconejito

    elconejito Network Guru Member

    I am having similar difficulites which i'm sorting thru.

    i get different results with different channels, so you may want to try that. I try a different channel and leave it for a day or two before changing again to see if it makes a difference.

    Also, changing the orientation of the antenna may help as well. Use a program like Netstumbler to see the difference.

    Also, make sure the firmware does show up as installed. For some reason mine didnt stick the first time

    Also, make sure your drivers on the adapter are current as well
  3. stanward

    stanward Network Guru Member

    I've tried all the channels with no success. I do not have any other devices that operate on the 2.4GHz band. I don't have bluetooth, I do not have a landline telephone to worry about. Microwave oven is barely used.

    I read on the FAQ here that channel 11 is the preferred channel.

    The odd thing is, I had a Microsoft MN-700 wifi router and I would always have LOW signal strength but it would NEVER drop my wifi connection.

    Now I have the Linksys WRT54GS with GOOD to VERY GOOD signal strength and I get drop outs every 5 to 10 minutes.


  4. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    What mini-card do you have on your Laptop and what type of encryption are you using? If your laptop has an Intel Proset 2200B/G minicard, and you do not have the latest generic driver for the Intel Proset 2200B/G from the Intel website. The Intel Proset 2200B/G has been problematic with Linksys routers. If you are using some other wireness NIC please identify it. If you are using WPA-PSK encryption with Windows XP, make certain you enable SS-ID broadcast and download the WPA2 hot fix from the Microsoft website. If you are using Windows XP and have installed the WPA2 hotfix and you are using WEP encryption, remove the WPA2 hotfix, since it causes problems with WEP encryption.
  5. stanward

    stanward Network Guru Member

    I have a MSI wireless NIC built into my laptop(mini PCI).

    I dont use WPA, only 64-bit WEP. I enabled SSID.

    The weird thing is, I put the laptop within 5 feet of my Linksys router, and it still drops the connection randomly.

    This pisses me off because the Microsoft MN-700 router NEVER dropped my wireless connection but gave me LOW signal strength!!!!

  6. stanward

    stanward Network Guru Member

    I just updated the driver for the mini PCI wireless card and still have the same problem with the dropout.

    I'm lost.

  7. neiltoe

    neiltoe Network Guru Member

    ummm silly but....

    I had the same experience and tried to isoate my problem and here's what I found. Steel File Cabinet too close monitor from PC too close TV in the room was too close. I also found that there was a wireless baby monitor left running in the house. This is all I had to do in the end was move the router from waist level to eye level and it overcame all the obstructions. Also having 3 Cellphones on all the time didnt help but you tell that to the wife and teen daughter. I just had them move the Cellphones to outer perimeter wallsockets. like a window. Hope any of this helps.
  8. stanward

    stanward Network Guru Member

    Thanks for the reply


    I installed a WRE54G Wireless Range Expander. What a pain in the butt to install and get going with WEP!

    I had to call tech support and I'm no stranger to computers and networking.

    The WRE54G worked in preventing drop outs......which is good. I'm happy with my ebay purchase.

    I updated the firmware on my WRE54G and the unit didn't work for an hour, as I had to do a hard reset and reconfigure the expander again! Now my Link light on the Expander is solid blue, which the tech support guy said the unit is broken and needs to be returned.

    What I found out, was, the unit works fine, just the Link light does not turn red. Stupid firmware upgrade, I should remember: "if it aint broke, don't fix."

    Next time, I will just spend a little more money and buy the darn thing from CompUSA/Best Buy. Why hassle with something I can't return if the firmware craps out on you?!?!

  9. neiltoe

    neiltoe Network Guru Member

    sorry to hear your woes these devices take you to your limit stresswise and to have that kind of failure just flat out sucks.
  10. stanward

    stanward Network Guru Member

    I was lucky

    It was 12 am and I was lucky to get the WRE54G working again after the firmware update.

    If the unit was broken, I would have to do a swap out at CompUSA, which I wouldn't want to do because that is just unethical.

  11. frogger3d

    frogger3d Network Guru Member

    I had the same problem, but that was because of my wrt54g rebooting every once in a while.

    You could check if this is also your problem by connecting your computer with a cable. If that connection disconnects once in a while your router is rebooting and might be broken or might be under a lot of stress.
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