WRT54G signal strength/quality degrading with time

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by SpooRancher, Mar 22, 2005.

  1. SpooRancher

    SpooRancher Guest

    I have a WRT54G (original firmware) that's been running fine around my house, with 2 laptops using 802.11g to access it. I've been getting typically full strength signals and 54Mbs bandwidth, with some occasional dips.

    Recently, though (a few days past the warranty :cry: ) I've started to see typical signal strength degrade markedly; usually I get low to very low, and the bandwidth falls back even to 11Mbs. One laptop shows rapid fluctuations, and the connections can even drop altogether - this system is 10 feet away from the router.

    How do I go about pinning this down? Is the radio hardware deteriorating? Or is this how interference from a neighbour's router (I don't think there is one) would appear?


  2. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    Have you purchase a 2MHZ cordless telephone recently? If you have not changed any of the setting on your router and/or laptops, you may be getting interference from a nearby another router or adhoc network. You can download Netstumber and try to use it to scan for nearby networks. It does not work with all Wireless NICs. You can use the hidden site survey feature/ Only use it when wired to your router, since it will knock off all the wireless connections. If is the ip address of your router type in nd you will get a scan of all router in the area. If there are any on the same channel move to a channel that if five away. In addition microwave ovens also interfere with routers.
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