Ping timeouts on wireless network, please help?

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by jabalsad, Jul 9, 2006.

  1. jabalsad

    jabalsad LI Guru Member


    I have a wireless (802.11g) network installed at my home where 3 windows XP clients connect to a wireless router (Acting as an AP). They are roughly 1 meter to 20 meters away. The clients have Linksys WMP54g PCI cards installed and the router is a Linksys WRT54GL v1.1 running (currently) OpenWRT Freifunk firmware.

    My problem is the following: I do ping requests from the client to either the AP or other clients and I get intermittant timeouts (packet loss).

    After I installed OpenWRT White Russian rc5, things seemed to work fine except the fact that every 60 seconds there was a lagged packet. After attempting to fix this, I must've changed settings and now i'm sitting with intermittant packet loss again (although the timed 60 second laggy packet is fixed after installing proper linksys software). I followed the same steps as I did before and still havn't got rid of the packet loss.

    Firmwares i've tried is the following: Standard Linksys, DD-WRT, OpenWRT White Russian RC5, OpenWRT Freifunk, HyperWRT Thibor 15c. All of them give me the same problem.

    Here's a list of things i've tried to eliminate the options to what may cause this packet loss:
    - Set the router to run on channels 1, 6 and 11 aswell as those inbetween.
    - Switched between b-mode only, g-mode only and default (b/g mixed)
    - Altered the txpwr starting at 15mW and going up to 60mW
    - Took everything to another house in another area where the only constants were one client and the router.
    - Limited the rate to 6mbps (apparently if the rate is on auto and clients switch rate theres a high probability of a lost packet)

    Another interesting thing I noted was that if I pinged the clients from the router, there was no packet loss.

    I am lost for ideas at this point in time if anyone can come up with suggestions I will really appreciate it.

    Thanks in advance.
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