Wireless connection keeps switching between 2 linksys routers

Sprite

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I recently moved and did not get my own internet access yet as I'm trying to use one of the unsecure connections in the area. Being I have Directv, Comcast wants $60.95 a month for internet access sans tv service, so they can suck a fat one. Verizon DSL is $39.95 a month sans home phone service with a $35 charge for the modem, pro-rated first month and another month paid up front for a total of around $150. Blah. Anyway....

There are two non-encrypted signals near me that are both linksys routers. One connection is always weaker than the other, however, the stronger connection simply doesn't work a lot of the time. The weaker connection always works, but the signal is so weak it's sometimes sub-56k speeds. My wireless adapter's utility program is constantly switching back and forth between the two connections, and I am unable to force it to stay on just one even after adding that connection to my profile - I assume this is because the SSID is "linksys" for both of them. What can I do to get a better signal or keep them from switching? I am running windows 2000 professional, a pci wireless-G card with a 1 1/2 foot wire that goes from the card to the antenna. I have tried positioning the antenna in every possible spot as far as the wire will allow. Would having a better quality MIMO wireless adapter do anything to help, or would the routers also have to be MIMO? Shitty internet connections suck!

 

Mommadeez4u

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how fast are they switching? it's possible you're getting booted off of one of them not because the wireless network is encrypted, but because it has MAC address-limited access. This is how I have mine set up-- it looks like an open network but once your MAC address is detected (and it's not one which is listed in my prefs) it kicks you off.
 

thelord68

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Since you have a removable antenna, replace it with a directional one and through some trial and error, aim it at the preferred access point. This will also help grab more of the signal. If you want to test out if the directional antenna will help, take some cardboard and foil and make a parabola. Place it behind the antenna and rotate it until you get the signal you want.

MIMO, Pre-N, Draft-N, etc. won't work unless they are matched on both ends.
 

MrAbovePar

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Your system might be confusing them because of the SSID being the same. Hell, if you can get into the settings for it (username: admin pw: admin) try changing the wireless channel. It'll hopefully confuse your comp less. I recommend channel 1.

If that fails a directional antenna would probably work.
 

jackjack

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If that fails a directional antenna would probably work.
I'm having an almost identical problem. I use a laptop, a HP ZV5000, and I find moving it a little bit makes a big difference.
Are there any options for external antennas on laptops?
I doubt mine can use one, but it's 2 years old. is it an option on newer ones to be able to connect a better antenna?
 

BCH

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Everyone leaves the default password in there. Those dopes.

Someone could have a grand old time locking people out of their own wireless routers.
 

blazin

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Ditch the 3rd party software if you're running XP, use XP's built in wireless functionality. Much more stable IMO.
 

jackjack

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Someone could have a grand old time locking people out of their own wireless routers.
Even before I knew much of anything about wireless routers, I knew how to factory reset them..
Could people possibly be so stupid as to stay locked out, and not take the first attack as a wakeup call to learn more about security?
 

Sprite

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how fast are they switching? it's possible you're getting booted off of one of them not because the wireless network is encrypted, but because it has MAC address-limited access. This is how I have mine set up-- it looks like an open network but once your MAC address is detected (and it's not one which is listed in my prefs) it kicks you off.
They switch at random times. Usually the 00-13 connection doesn't stay active as long as the weaker 00-1A connection. Sometimes both are inaccessible, and other times they switch quickly.

Since you have a removable antenna, replace it with a directional one and through some trial and error, aim it at the preferred access point. This will also help grab more of the signal. If you want to test out if the directional antenna will help, take some cardboard and foil and make a parabola. Place it behind the antenna and rotate it until you get the signal you want.

MIMO, Pre-N, Draft-N, etc. won't work unless they are matched on both ends.
I'm definitely going to do that in a little while and see if I get any improvement in signal.


Everyone leaves the default password in there. Those dopes.

Someone could have a grand old time locking people out of their own wireless routers.
Dammit, why didn't I think of that!


Your system might be confusing them because of the SSID being the same. Hell, if you can get into the settings for it (username: admin pw: admin) try changing the wireless channel. It'll hopefully confuse your comp less. I recommend channel 1.

If that fails a directional antenna would probably work.
I just logged into both routers and all the settings seem to be default and exactly the same.

I changed the channel on the 00-1A to 5, connected to it, added it to my profile, then connected to the other one and added that to my profile. Seems it still connects to both despite being on different channels. The 00-13 connection booted me 3 times in a row and my card connected to the weaker 00-1A connection. I got back on the 00-13, and it's stable for the past 10 mins.

Should I simply change the SSID of the weaker 00-1A connection so my card can differentiate?
 

Sprite

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I changed the SSID of the weaker 00-1A to "linksis", then connected to the stronger one and added it to my profile. It's been almost 20 mins, and I haven't lost the connection yet. w00t! :)

Now it's time to make that parabola and see if I can get better than this....

 

Sprite

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Success!

Evidently my computer was confused as to what to connect to, so all it took was a quick admin/admin @ http://192.168.1.1 and an SSID change on the weaker connection. All is well and I can now peruse teh internets at will. You guys rock. Thanks for the help - I really appreciate it. :D

Before parabola.....


After parabola.....



Parabola in action...





BUT ENOUGH OF THIS PARABOLA, LET'S GET THE PORN ON THE HARD DRIVE!


PS....
I no longer feel like a cast away from the internet.....



=



:action-sm
 

MrAbovePar

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Well you probably tipped off the owner that someone is using their connection. Generally those defaults are there because the owner is a dope. Though it's possible they're stupid enough not to notice and they'll just change their connection settings to reconnect.