Networking & wireless forum: Home wireless network connection getting intermittent connections, help!

by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) August 28, 2009 12:45 PM PDT

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Home wireless network connection getting intermittent connections, help!

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 8/28/09 12:45 PM

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Home wireless network connection getting intermittent connections, help!


As a nontechie struggling to survive in a techie world, I look forward to reading the QOTW and responses every Friday afternoon. Thanks for all the insights, I frequently find solutions to things in your e-mails. I now find myself with a question that I hope is worthy of submission:

I have a very basic wireless system for my home--cable modem connected to a wireless access point/router, with a USB network adapter connected to my desktop PC operating on MS XP. The wireless connection has worked beautifully for 2+ years, but recently the connection breaks down and I get a message of acquiring network address, which then turns into a message of limited or no connectivity. The only way I can get the wireless connection back working is to run a hard-wire cable through the house from the access point/router directly into the desktop PC. After a few minutes the wireless connection will restore and work fine... for a short while, sometimes a couple hours, sometimes a couple days, then we have to go through the whole thing again. The access point/router seems to be broadcasting fine because my laptop connects and works without issue, but I need help stopping the calls I receive from frustrated family members trying to use the desktop... Save me! Thanks in advance.

Submitted by: Cory K. of San Marcos, California

Here are some featured member answers to get you started, but please read all the advice and suggestions in the discussion thread that our members have contributed to this question.

Home wireless problems --Submitted by RonPal
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7589_102-0.html?messageID=3114231#3114231

Several possible causes --Submitted by Flatworm
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7589_102-0.html?messageID=3114426#3114426

Home wireless connections --Submitted by ltoribio
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7589_102-0.html?messageID=3114094#3114094

Wireless is inherently flawed. --Submitted by caskater4
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7589_102-0.html?messageID=3114230#3114230

Try this instead... --Submitted by alswilling
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7589_102-0.html?messageID=3115070#3115070

My experience --Submitted by Zouch
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7589_102-0.html?messageID=3114130#3114130

This is probably a hardware issue... --Submitted by Watzman
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7589_102-0.html?messageID=3114166#3114166


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