Hello, I piggyback off my neighbor's wireless signal. The signal is low, but I still got to connect to the internet. Now for some reason I cannot connect to Firefox or IE using the neighbor's signal. Any ideas Im using a Compaq nc6000 lap Windows XP Prof SP 2 Wireless card Intel (R) Pro/Wireless LAN 2100 3b
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Re: My neighbor's signal
If your neighbors know that your using their router, you might ask them to reset it. If they moved it, this could cause the weakening of the signal, walls drastically decrease a wireless signal. You might also refresh your wireless card by uninstalling the wireless drivers and reinstalling them.
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Seems that the wireless signal is too weak, or may be you are connecting to a wireless network of a neighbor instead of your own. Check which wireless network is the preferred one & make sure it is yours.
if you persistantly have no internet and you are not piggybacking of someone elses signal,try a reinstall of the basic bare config,this might work better,You do also have the choice of static or dchp configuration,thats more or less manual or auto -detection
If you are using the supplied Acer program to setup your wireless, I would suggest removing the program. In most cases, removing their software does not remove the drivers, and thus, Windows Zero Configuration will take over the wireless.
WZC, in my opinion, works very reliably and has solved this type of issue in the past, although it is not the only reason for disconnects. For instance; a weak signal and a lot of interference from neighboring networks can cause your wireless to become unstable.
If this doesn't fix your connection issue, you may have an issue with the wireless card itself.
Connecting the laptop to your network using a network cable, does this solve your Internet problems?
Does this works without the Internet connection dropping out?
If the wireless connection has a low signal, try positioning the wireless router or the laptop to get a better signal strength.
Also try reinstalling your wireless driver.