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Wireless question...

Discussion in 'Wackbag Tech Support' started by Mags, Dec 24, 2011.

  1. Mags

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    I have about a 6-year old Dell laptop running XP. Still runs great except that when mousing over the Wireless Network Connection icon the speed degrades from the highest - 54 mbps, steadily and sometimes suddenly until the connection is at a snail's pace -24 or even slower.

    The only way to get it back is to constantly right-click "Repair", which says it "couldn't finish repairing" the connection yet when moused over it report 54mbps again....for about 3 minutes then starts degrading quickly. :really?:

    The wireless router is only 10' away and is strong for my other devices. I've set the laptop's wireless adaptor to it's highest power setting in Device Manager but it doesn't help.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. Your_Moms_Box

    Your_Moms_Box Free Shit / Socialism 2016

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    It could be a couple of things...

    The adapter in your computer could be going bad or not handling packets well.

    The router could be giving priority to the other attached devices (for example, I have my router set up to always give priority to my laptop because If I am using my PC to torrent I want to be able to watch youtube on the lappy)



    If your router sits 10 feet from the router then I would suggest just buying a 10 foot ethernet cable and not using wireless.

    You can get one for under $3 from here : http://www.monoprice.com/products/subdepartment.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10232#1023208


    Also, do you use custom firmware on the router? I use DD-WRT on mine.
     
  3. Mags

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    Hmm. It happens even if the lappy is the only thing attached. Let me investigate the router side more.
     
  4. MayrMeninoCrash

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    Does the laptop have an internal wireless network card or are you using an external one? I bet it's the firmware for your network card that's causing problems. Or if you have an internal card, it might be dying. Try to borrow, or just grab a new external network card and run the firmware/software associated with it. Or if you don't need to be mobile, a cable wired directly to the router would solve your problems.
     
  5. Norm Stansfield

    Norm Stansfield 私は亀が好きだ。

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    First, try disabling and enabling the driver for the network card (wireless adapter), in Device Manager.

    Second (if you have an external adapter on the lappy), test it on another computer (might need to install a driver). If it does the same thing, there's your problem.

    Third, try a new external adapter. Check if it's recognized, in Device Manager. If it's not recognized, find and download a driver for it, and now see if it works.

    If it doesn't, then you should start investigating other things, like the router and your ISP's service.
     
  6. JoeyDVDZ

    JoeyDVDZ That's MR. MOJO, Motherfucker!

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    If you spent any time playing with the router settings, maybe wipe it out, reset it to factory & see what happens then. (Of course, you have to reapply your WPA/WEP.)
     

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