WRT54GS wireless drop out!!

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by iHope, Mar 7, 2006.

  1. iHope

    iHope Network Guru Member


    I'm having incredible difficulty dealing with my wireless connection on a computer downstairs from the router which works perfectly for 20-30 minutes using the internet. But suddenly without notice drops out and the internet is unable to be used anymore. The IP is intact and the icon says its still recieving a signal but the internet doesn't work. But after I reset the computer the internet works fine until 20-30 mins later again it drops out, only to work again after i reset the computer. The laptop with a wireless card upstairs works fine all the time.

    really strange, does anyone have any thoughts?

  2. ianP

    ianP Guest

    I bought the same router yesterday ( a Linksys WRT54GS v5.1 ) and I'm having a lot of problems too.

    It seems to randomly transmit a signal, even when the laptop is only a couple of feet away in direct line-of-sight with the router, making it very difficult to configure the wireless settings on my iBook. I have an iMac connected to the router directly via an ethernet cable and it works (worked!) perfectly as soon as it was connected.

    When the router does transmit a signal, it's great - I can roam around the whole house and half way up the street with no loss of signal strength (I'm new to wireless networking so it's a bit of a novelty for me!). But the wireless signal will drop completely for no discernable reason after about 20 minutes and will remain off for roughly the same length of time. The ethernet-cabled iMac remains connected to the internet while the wireless signal is down.

    This morning, the connection had gone again and would only return for a short time when I connected the laptop to the router with a cable, then disconnected the cable again.

    After reading through loads of forums and discussion pages, I did a firmware update this morning before going to work, which resulted in my iMac connection dropping as well (it's connected by a cable, remember!).

    Does anybody have any suggestions? (apart from "throw your Apple Macs in the trash and buy a real computer")...
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