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Nathan Pruett
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I recently bought a new condo and after moving in, I've had some problems with my wireless network randomly dropping connection. I have a few ideas of what might be the cause and just wondered if anyone else has run into a similiar problem.

At the new place I have moved to, I keep losing my internet connection because the wireless signal drops between my wireless router and my wireless AP (Access Point). The router is hooked into my cable modem in one room, and the AP is hooked into a regular old 10/100 ethernet switch in another room that is connecting my computers. Every so often I lose my internet connection and to get it back I have to log into my AP's web interface and reset it. All the places I have lived before my wireless network has worked great and I haven't had this problem. (I have of course experienced when the cable company drops the connection for whatever reason for a little while. This is different... I can't open the web interface to my router, so I know it's the wireless connection that is going down, not the internet connection from my cable.)

I'm thinking that this could be caused by one of these reasons :
  • Physical differences in new location - the walls are plaster (Is plaster thicker than drywall? Would it interfere with a wireless signal more for some reason?) and the physical layout of the apartment puts more walls between the router and the AP (I have moved the router and AP around some and it seems that the random connection losses happen less frequently. However, there is only so much space I can move them around in without just caving in and running a long cable into the other room )
  • Interference from other sources - This is the first place I have lived where my AP detects other wireless networks... since I've been playing around with my network settings so much with this problem I've noticed 3 other wireless networks. I have settings on my network like WEP encryption, SSID set, MAC filters, etc., but could the simple prescence of other networks interfere with mine? Or could a neighbor have a wireless phone or something that is interfering with the signal?

  • I welcome any thoughts on this topic or any suggestions from those that have run into similiar problems. If anyone needs any further information, I can provide details about relevant equipment/settings I have in place...

    Thanks in advance for any pointers...
    [ October 15, 2004: Message edited by: Nathan Pruett ]
    It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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