WRT54GX stops advertising SSID

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by Einuk, Jan 24, 2006.

  1. Einuk

    Einuk Guest

    Hi all

    Apologies if this is an FAQ. I have searched around on this site, but cannot find an answer to this specific question.

    My WRT54GXv2 router (was running 08 firmware, but now upgraded to 10), performs very erratically. The speed often drops to 1.0Mbps, and I also have a problem that the network completely disappears. That is, the router just seems to stop advertising its SSID,. my laptop loses its connection and cannot reconnect (becuase it can't see the network). When this has happened, I use NetStumbler (on the same laptop) to look for networks and it simply does not appear in the list. The intruiging thing is the Wireless light on the router is still on.

    The only way to fix it (other than power-cycling) is to access the router from my desktop and change something (e.g. channel), and then it comes back to life.

    Other networks in my area are on channels 11 and 6. I am using channel 1, but I have tried other channels (2 and 5) to no avail.

    Could this problem (i.e. losing SSID) simply be due to wireless interference? Or is there a problem with my router hardware?

    What about the signal strength problem? Is that just interference? Should I continue experimenting with channels or are there other settings I can change that may help?

    I am good at network stuff, but pretty new to wireless. Oh, by the way, mine is setup with WPA2 security if that helps...

    Thanks for your help!!

  2. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    If you are in an area with multiple networks on the same channel, you may be getting interference on the the channel you are on. If your WRT54GX v2.0 sees a another access point transmiiting on the same channel it will cease senting for a short period of time. Try changing the channel you are on. There are minimum overlaps on channels 1, 4, 8 and 11. Since you are on 1 try 11. The netstumbler does not see any other networks so interference from other networks may not be the problem, but 2.4Mhz cordless telephones or microwave ovens may be the problem. Try disabling the WZC service on your computer. If you have a a WPC54GX or WRT54GX4 use the Network monitor, which will disable WZC (i.e. Windows Zero Configuration) service automatically.
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