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Intermittent connection to wireless network

My connection to my wireless home network will not stay constant. It connects and disconnects continually. It was working fine for months but no longer. I've updated to latest drivers for my intel 2200bg wireless card but nothing seems to work.

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Re: Intermittent connection to wireless network

Two possibilities to consider --

There are reports the combination of a hidden SSID and WEP/WPA encryption causes intermittent connections using Windows. Recommended solution to show the SSID instead of hiding it.

Second possibility consider changing the channel the wireless communicates on in the router from the often default 6 to 1 or 11 to see if you can avoid interference on channel 6. Try the other channel if the first does not work. Interference is not only from routers but can be from in house wireless phones and other devices.

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Problem connecting to wireless network. Intermittent problem.


It can be the problem with device driver. Removing and Reinstalling may solve this issue.


My Computer (right click)-> Properties -> Hardware -> Network Adaptors-> Choose accordingly

Right click and Uninstall.

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Intermittent Connectivity:
NOTE: Before following the steps in this article, check if your wireless computers have stable connection when connected to other wireless networks (hotspots).
This article assumes that all wireless computers are experiencing intermittent wireless connection with the router.
Frequent wireless disconnection can be caused by different factors such as:
  1. Wireless interference within the network.
  2. Wireless settings of the router are still set to default.
  3. Firmware is corrupted.
Reducing Wireless Interference
If you are experiencing frequent disconnection from the wireless network, it helps if you check the following factors, all of which can greatly affect your wireless signals:
your cordless telephone system (or even your neighbors’), or other nearby equipment. Try to change your router’s channel to 1 or 11 (the default channel is 6) and restart the wireless computers.
Physical obstructions: Your router or wireless computers may be losing connectivity because of physical obstacles such as walls and floors. Try to move the equipment to different locations to find a better link.

  • Placement of the router:Mfg. suggests that you place your router as high off the ground as possible. When placing the router in a high location, leave a distance of two feet between the router antenna tips, ceiling, and wall. If your signal passes through multiple floors, place the router on the upper-most floor, and high up in the room.
  • Surroundings: Keep the router away from large metal objects, bodies of water (fish tanks, bathrooms), and any electrical equipment including television sets, microwaves, radios, etc.
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Having default wireless settings on the router may cause conflict with other routers within your network range.
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Adjust your wireless router settings
  • Lower the MTU (Maximum Transmission Unit) from 1500 to 1492 or less (usually found on your router's main/ basic setup page)
  • Adjust the following advanced wireless settings:
    • Lower the beacon interval from 100 to 50
    • Lower the fragmentation threshold from 2346 to 2306
    • Lower the RTS threshold from 2347 to 2304
That should solve your wireless connectivity problems and should prevent your wireless connection from dropping.

If I could be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it.
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