Networking Issues - Need help

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by Sirevan, Dec 20, 2006.

  1. Sirevan

    Sirevan LI Guru Member


    The last few months I have been encountering several problems with my wireless network in my apartment. I've been on the phone with Linksys far too many hours than I wanted to be and they have been not being helpful whatsoever.

    Basically I am at wits end and have no clue what to do next. Hence my post.

    Currently, I have a Linksys router (802.11g w/speedbooster) connected to my cable modem on one side of my apartment. I have 3 items connecting to this router:

    1) PC - Windows XP operating system with an internal linksys adapter installed.

    2) G4 Powermac Macintosh - Tiger operating system with a Linksys WET54G Bridge attached.

    3) Misc - Tivo connected through a Linksys Wireless Adapter. The PC and Tivo have been connecting fine to the router.

    The Mac has had an on and off relationship with the router. I just upgraded from the WET11 to the WET54G bridge figuring this would accommodate for more success. But again after several hours on the phone with Linksys, it works for about a minute then looses the signal and I end up having to reset the bridge and reset the settings before it works again for another minute or two. The router is located about 8-10 feet away from the computers. So I don't think it has anything to with the distance.

    Also, since I spoke to Linksys this past weekend and was reconfiguring stuff from my PC for the bridge for them, now I loose my connection to my network on my PC every few minutes and then it finds itself again. This didn't happen before this past weekend.

    I'm debating purchasing an the original airport 11b network card from a mac supply place and getting rid of the bridge altogether. But I just don't know and don't want to keep spending more money and having nothing work.

    Ultimately, I would like everything to work seamlessly and not have several interruptions when I am trying to use the internet on both computers.

    If anyone could offer any advise on this issue, I would truly appreciate it.

    Thanks! :)
  2. sufrano63

    sufrano63 Network Guru Member

    You could check for interference (i.e 2.4Ghz phone, microwave, etc...).
  3. Sirevan

    Sirevan LI Guru Member

    Doesn't seem like there is any interference on my end. I tried changing the channel to channel 11 to help avoid interference and that didn't seem to work. Any other suggestions?
  4. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    Unfortunately the only way to figure it out is to test. If you dont know anyone with an airport card then try to find one as cheap as possible. I would be inclined to think its a driver issue on the Mac or linksys and Mac just dont play right. I have run into things like this myself and after all is said and done sometimes you just cant figure it out exactly. My most recent is I sit about 3 feet from my router, my internal b card works just fine, never an issue, but any pcmcia card i use will occasionally loose connection, sometimes a couple times a day sometimes not for weeks, and then it will even start causing huge latency 500-600ms. Resetting the card fixes this one. What I am getting at is sometimes no matter how hard you try and how much you do, something are just left hanging out there because there is no reason it does the things it does.

    I just though of a good test for you, try the adapter that on the Mac on your pc, if it works great on the pc, try the one that was on the pc on the Mac. If your still having issues its definitely the Mac to linksys interface.
  5. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    Try turning off UPnP where-ever you can. It may be that something is sending funny signals via UPnP.

    If all your devices are now G, set your WRT (assume it's a WRT - "802.11g w/speedbooster") and WET54 to "G only" mode. This may eliminate a couple of variables.
  6. Sirevan

    Sirevan LI Guru Member

    Hi all,

    Just an update to my endless issues with Linksys. So I gave up on the bridge and got an internal airport card for my mac. It can now read wireless networks without a problem. Although the issue now stands that it sees my network although has ZERO signal strength from it. The network is setup as a secure network and I've entered the necessary WEP settings and password settings for the airport card to work. But still no luck. Right now I am mooching off of someone else's unsecured network, until I can figure out what I am doing wrong? Any ideas??? :confused:

    Also, my router keeps dropping my PC every few minutes and has to find it again. I've never had this problem before. I checked for interference (cordless phones, etc.) but it all seems to be clear. I've also changed my channels to either 1 or 11 in hopes to get less interference, but I still loose my conncetion. What am I doing wrong??? :confused: :confused:

    Thanks for all your help!
  7. Fast_Eddy

    Fast_Eddy LI Guru Member

    You say you've checked for interference. How? Keep in mind that HAM radio operators can use the frequency between channel 1-6. Microwave ovens clobber the entire range. Since you're in an apartment complex. who knows what else is running in the 2.4GHz range. Try Netstumbler and see what it discovers. You may be surprised at what else is running (other apartments with multiple 2.4GHz phones, etc.)
  8. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    Yes, try ALL channels that you haven't.
  9. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    I have several 2.4GHz phones that do not appear on Network Stumbler, and one that does because it uses a Agere chip (or one of the chips used by Agere and has been identified by Network Stumbler as such).
  10. Neo_Giles24285

    Neo_Giles24285 LI Guru Member

    if its only 8-10 feet why not use cabling ??
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