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Old 06-09-2011, 11:30 PM
 
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Try changing the routers channel to 4, hardly anyone uses that channel.....
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Old 06-10-2011, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Is it possible your router is configured to allow only one wireless connection and someone else is connected?
Do you have wifi security?
Have you tried resetting the router and starting from scratch? This is pretty easy and for some reason it has worked for me.
I still want to know the answer to these questions.

Having no wifi security won't prevent you from connecting but having it set to allow only one connection (and someone else is using it) will.
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Old 06-10-2011, 10:02 AM
 
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I've been wondering if this is causing us some problems and need to look into a solution if there is one.
If it is Tek, then you should simply be able to change the channel for it. There are 13 channels you can use to tune between spaced at 5mhz intervals as per the 802.11 IEEE specifications (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IEEE_802.11). Usually, having it auto select is sufficient, but if there are a lot of devices around using the same frequency, you may end up having channels overlapping which creates the interference. You can manually switch the channels and test to see if this resolves the issues.
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Old 06-10-2011, 10:15 AM
 
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Sometimes my laptop will not connect to my home wifi late in the evening. The wireless light is on and it cannot connect to a network. If I plug it into the DSL modem via an Ethernet cable, I am connected.

I do not have any parental controls on.

Any advice

TIA
Open up your manual for your WAP or wireless device you are connecting to. Follow the instructions for securing it (below are examples of what the manual will likely discuss).

Encryption (this is the base of your true security)

Use WAP2 or WAP over WEP, but WEP is fine if that is all your device supports. Higher encryption is better (128 bit is better than 40 bit), AES is better than DES (avoid using DES, though usually 3DES has replaced it).


The following is not really "secure" alone, but it will add another simplistic layer of security.


Configure device to not broadcast its SSID.
Change the SSID of your device from its factory default to something else.

Configure mac addresses so that only the devices you have connecting to it are allowed. Again, it isn't a major security feature, but it simplifies your connection allowance.

If you have a lot of wireless devices on the same frequency range (2.43ghz), keep in mind you may have to adjust the channels manually if you are getting interference. Worry about this though after you have secured your device and are still having problems.
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Old 06-12-2011, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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If you figure it out, post your fix. We have a user at my work with a similar issue at their house and they refuse to reset their router and set it up again.
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Old 06-12-2011, 07:56 PM
 
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Run a program like inSSIDer and see the channel used by your neighbors and use one that is the least used.....

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