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Weak or NO signal to MN-500 Wireless Base Station

This wireless base station has worked fine and now, for some reason, even though it says it's connected when I check my network connections on my desktop computer, my laptop will receive a very weak connection or no connection to it at all. I'm not sure why, suddenly, this occurred but any assistance would be appreciated.

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  • jojogriff Feb 13, 2009

    Since the New Year our wireless network connection starts out fine but then goes to very weak then our home network disappears completely from the list of available networks. The Base Station Log shows various foreign IP addresses coming in and our WAN is blocking them at the same time our wireless computers get kicked off our network. The only thing we've done since January 1 is plugged our Wii into our main TV.

  • sable375 Feb 19, 2009

    I have the same problem. This has happened often within the last few days. I have to come in and wakeup my desktop in order for my laptop to pick up a connectable signal. My base station doesn't even show in the list of available networks. Actually NO networks show even though I can usually see the one across the street. Is it time to upgrade my base station? I've had it for several years now. And tomorrow I will be connecting my Wii to the network as well.

  • sable375 Feb 19, 2009

    oh and to answer the clarification request: in my case if my signal is weak and I move closer it works just fine. If I am not showing any networks I need to wake up my desktop. No new furniture.

  • eecom May 11, 2010

    Hello...sudden loss of wireless signal may be caused by a new source of wireless interference.

    1) Does the signal improve when you move the laptop nearer the router?
    2) Have you had any success with changing the router's wireless channel (within the router settings?)

    Some causes of wireless signal blocking are new furniture, or furniture which has been moved; signal interference can be caused by new devices such as DECT phones or wireless speakers.

    However, quite commonly the cause is a neighbour's new, powerful router, which arrives one day and simply 'blocks' your own signal from that point. :(

    Hope this helps, but please come back to Fixya if the troubleshooting steps do not make a difference to your signal...

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Have you tried upgrading the firmware - http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/forum/page-7797_17_0.html

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