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Postby KPucks » Wed Mar 08, 2006 8:05 pm

Hey, I use wireless internet in my house. Our family computer uses an ethernet cable to plug directly into the internet, and my laptop uses a D-Link card to pick up the signal sent out by the router connected to the family computer. This has worked fine for four or five years now. However, lately my laptop has been going on and off the internet. Even when I'm standing right next to the router with the laptop, the D-Link card will blink on and off randomly, meaning my internet keeps going on and off. Does anyone know any possible reason for this? Can D-Link cards lose power over time (mine is four or five years old now)? Is there possibly something interfering with the connection between the router and D-Link card? Any help would be much appreciated.
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Postby Madison » Wed Mar 08, 2006 8:16 pm

A couple of things my wife has suggested (she's the computer guru at my house and has the certifications to prove it):

Have you bought a new wireless phone lately? That could mess with the signal.

When was the last time you rebooted the router? Should reboot it every other month or so.

Check to see if anyone's pirating off your connection. You'll have to go into the router to check.

Make sure broadcast is turned on in the router.

She doesn't think it's the card. She says typically they just flat go out. They don't do what you're describing when they are bad.

Hope that helps. ;-D
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Postby teddy ballgame » Wed Mar 08, 2006 8:17 pm

Well by theres a key stroke on laptops that shut off the wireless card. It's function and then one of the f buttons (very top row). Just try turning it on and off to see if it will reset it or something. One of the laptops I have here kept going on and off and I reset the card doing that and it's been fine since.
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Postby acsguitar » Wed Mar 08, 2006 8:21 pm

Madison wrote:A couple of things my wife has suggested (she's the computer guru at my house and has the certifications to prove it):

Have you bought a new wireless phone lately? That could mess with the signal.

When was the last time you rebooted the router? Should reboot it every other month or so.

Check to see if anyone's pirating off your connection. You'll have to go into the router to check.

Make sure broadcast is turned on in the router.

She doesn't think it's the card. She says typically they just flat go out. They don't do what you're describing when they are bad.

Hope that helps. ;-D


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Postby KPucks » Wed Mar 08, 2006 8:43 pm

Resetting the router seems to have worked. Thanks a lot for the help ;-D
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Postby Mercer Boy » Wed Mar 08, 2006 9:26 pm

KPucks wrote:Resetting the router seems to have worked. Thanks a lot for the help ;-D


Yep...whenever I have a problem with my wireless connection, I unplug the router for 30 seconds and then put it back in. That fixes the problem more thimes than not. I think it just gets scrambled after a while. :-S
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Postby Madison » Wed Mar 08, 2006 9:54 pm

KPucks wrote:Resetting the router seems to have worked. Thanks a lot for the help ;-D


Glad to hear it worked! ;-D
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