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Help me with IBM A21M Wireless problem.


I have and IBM A21M that runs great and I was able to acess my internet wirelessly up until a few days ago. Basically I have a laptop card installed and I know the card works because im using it now, and I have tried different laptop cards with the same result. My wireless signal will connect, the disconnect after a minute or two, then it will be about 20 more mins before it connects for another minute. I have tried disabling windows configuration(so that I can use the card software) I have tried moving to another location with the laptop, I have tried a system restore. I don't know what to do and I am a college student on a fixed budget. I know there isnt anything wrong with the wireless network because there are four other computers connected wirelessly(including this one with the same laptop card that I am trying to use with my A21M). Everything was working perfectly for 2-3 months and out of nowhere this happened.. Thanks for any help.

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Re: Help me with IBM A21M Wireless problem.

Make sure that there are NO electrical devices between you and the wireless router. Some electrical devices will mess your signal up.
(cordless phones are known to mess with them) too.
Microwaves interfere with the signal from your router. Interference means a low quality signal.
The following steps help you troubleshoot a bad wireless connection. Stop following the steps when the connection problem is solved:
1. Refresh the wireless connection that is giving you trouble.
2. Temporarily disable the firewall or Internet security software on the computer that is having connection troubles.
3. Open the wireless connection manager and make sure that the SSID is correct. Also make sure that encryption settings and keys match the settings in your WAP (Wireless Access Point).
4. Restart DHCP (Dynamic Host Control Protocol) on your WAP; if necessary reboot the WAP.
5. If the troublesome Wi-Fi adapter is removable - such as a USB, cardbus, or Ethernet bridge adapter - remove or disconnect it and disconnect any power cords. Then reconnect the device.
6. Right-click the My Computer icon in the Windows Start menu and choose Properties.
7. In the System Properties dialog box, click the Hardware tab and then click the Device Manager button (see Figure 1).
8. In the Device Manager window, click the plus-sign next to Network Adapters (see Figure 2).
If you see a yellow exclamation mark next to the name of the adapter, something is wrong. Right-click it and choose Uninstall, restart Windows, and then re-install the driver software as described in the manufacturer's instructions.

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