How can I speed up my laptop reconnecting to WRT54G v8?

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by JediTricks, Aug 11, 2007.

  1. JediTricks

    JediTricks Guest

    First off, I should say that I know almost nothing about wireless router and wifi and such, I'm VERY new to it.

    I initially set up the router via the CD-ROM included in the box, but I had trouble with that and ended up resetting the router and the set up over again manually - crash course, if you will. I deactivated SSID broadcasting because I'm in a building full of wireless users, created a long WPA2-personal shared key, and added my laptop's MAC# to the Wireless MAC list permit-only list. And all of this works, the laptop (running Windows Vista, using Zone Alarm Antivirus for a firewall, 802.11g) does work with the router, I can get full DSL speed. The laptop has the router's info saved and set to autoconnect whenever it finds it.

    However, when I put the laptop to sleep or into hibernate mode and then come out of those states, the laptop's wifi takes like 2 to 5 minutes to reconnect to the router - it seems to take a while identifying the network. The person who recommended me this Linksys router says his laptop takes about 15 seconds to reconnect - obviously, that's what I'm looking for.

    I've searched through the web and these forums for hints on this matter, but I'm so far out of my field on this one that I'm just not searching the right way or something because I'm coming up blank.

    Anybody have any suggestions on what I can do to speed up my laptop's wifi-reconnection time?
  2. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    I cant says thats any length of time is normal, but i can say that 2ish minutes is not abnormal. In my experience when the ssid is hidden certain wireless adapter (the transmitter and receiver in your laptop) has issues, especially where there are alot of ssid's present. I have found that broadcasting the ssid in most cases will fix long wait times. That or you can right click on the adapter and click "diagnose and repair". I agree there are times and places to not broadcast ssid, but if there are many in your area and its not illegal to have it, its not helping you any to not broadcast it.
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