We recentky bought a new router that worked very well for a couple of months. in the last 2-3 weeks, it had stopped connecting to gmail, msn msgr and a few other sites. In addition, some times it connects to sites and blocks only one-2 options in them.
coming to think of it, it don't connect to emails at all (hotmail neither).
does anyone have an idea about what can cause it?
(the computer works in other places and the problem is the same with computers of other family members)..
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try updating the firmware to the latest version.
it may fix any bugs or wireless issues in the update.
try to upgrade the firmware of the router. That may help you. For that you will need to download the firmware from the manufacturer's web site. Access the router set up. Click Here for step by step solution
Here are a couple of ideas to look at first, assuming you haven't tried them already:
1) Does moving the router help? Sometimes a new DECT phone or a microwave, or even a piece of equipment at a neighbour's house, can interfere with the signal.
2) Does changing the channel on your router help at all? If there are many other networks using the same channel, this might block your own signal.
3) If this does not make any difference, it might be worth checking your security settings.
I'm not sure but it could be that the particular router has some hardware issues. I bought a Belkin wireless N router a few months back and i had the same problem. It only had a short range and kept cutting off in between. I exchanged it with a new router and voila!. it works fine.
And the other thing i've come to notice. At times having the router under the desk or at a corner might not give off enough to provide a connection within the adjacent room so I've had to place the router in a open and unobstructed place. So much for belkins super signalling.
Something internally died. if you are willing to start replacing chips inside the thing. let me know the part numbers from the chips.
If you dont want to get into surface mount soldering I would suggest canning the thing or EBAYing it as parts.
You seem to have two (2) problems: 1. wireless connection; 2. powering up.
On powering up, pls try: a. charge the batteries at least overnight; b. run the laptop with the AC adapter only and the battery removed; c. do "b" but delay powering on the laptop for a couple of minutes.
On the wireless, pls try: i. determine if a WEP or WPA security key is being used; ii. check your router configurations; iii. do a reset of your router (this would of course would set the router to default/factory values. This would be a last recourse since it is possible you will loose all Internet connectivity. Better to save your router configurations or copy them down somewhere.
Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.