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Old 02-02-2013, 11:31 AM   #1
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Hi everyone!

I have a couple questions.


I have a router that's about 7 years old. For some reason, it randomly quits and comes back on. What I mean by this is it'll work, then at random a little yellow triangle will appear in the bottom right hand corner of my desktop over the signal strength. This seems to only happen to my computer, and not the rest of my family. I've tried multiple computers. I've also tried restarting the modem and router.

So I think it's time for a new router. I'm looking for something that can run 4 computers at a time, as well as Xbox Live. I'd like gaming friendly, no having to mess around with ports and junk. I'm also looking for ease of setup.

Any recommendations are appreciated! Thanks!
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Old 02-02-2013, 05:14 PM   #2
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TPLink is a great brand also for a lot less money.
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Old 02-03-2013, 04:56 AM   #4
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You have a problem that happens only to you.

the rest of your family is fine, other computers you tried are fine, so you immediately think that it's the common component that's at fault?


you don't think it might be an issue with your computer?
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You have a problem that happens only to you.

the rest of your family is fine, other computers you tried are fine, so you immediately think that it's the common component that's at fault?


you don't think it might be an issue with your computer?

I've tried multiple computers and they do the same thing.
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Have you tryed resetting ALL the settings in the router?
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This seems to only happen to my computer, and not the rest of my family. I've tried multiple computers. I've also tried restarting the modem and router.
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I've tried multiple computers and they do the same thing.
So is it just your computer or is it multiple?
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:46 PM   #8
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Depends heavily on your budget, there is no good of bad brand (for the most part) when it comes to wireless routers, its more about the model you chose. What is your budget and I can look into something for you, whats the size of your house roughly, and how many walls are you going though? Any significant things that will interfere with signal like a fireplace or brick wall?
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As far as I know, it's only in my room. I've tried 3 different computers, all of which get the same result. I do all of my work in my room for school and paperwork for my job, so it's important that I find a solution. My budget is between $100-$150. The router is situated downstairs, while my room is upstairs. I'm unsure of the exact square footage of my house, but it's a main level, and a basement. There are no fireplaces or brick walls around.

I've tried resetting the whole router, this didn't work.
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So this may be a wireless problem then?

like there is not enough range, or there is some interference that comes on occasionally, (such as someone using the microwave, which emits interference at 2.4GHz and upsets wireless signals?)

See if your router has a site survey function, or use your computer to scan for wireless networks, see how many people in the area may be using the same wireless channel etc.

you can use your computer to do a site survey by opening the command prompt and typing
netsh wlan show networks mode=Bssid

check what your signal strength is like ordinarily, when your computer becomes disconnected try running this and see if you are still picking up any signal at all?


If it's an interference or range problem it will likely still exist if you buy a new router.
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Thank you for the suggestions. I will try these things! I'm just brainstorming, but could it possibly be a cell phone using the wireless connection that's interfering? I always have my cell phone next to me.

Just a question, but if it was interference from another router, microwave, etc, should it not effect the other people in my house too?
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it depends. if other people are closer to the router then they may also receive interference, but as their signal is stronger it does not make a difference.

or their signal is degraded, but still there, whilst yours appears to be greatly degraded.
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Understood!

So I was watching my signal strength. While I'm connected to the internet I have full signal strength. I'm noticing that when it's about to lose connectivity, the signal strength drops by about 25%. I hold that reduced signal strength until my connectivity decides to come back on.
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So there is definitely still a strong enough signal (~75%).

and you're still connected, (it doesn't say anything like media disconnected).
it just doesn't connect to the internet in this time.
but at the same time everyone else in the house is able to connect perfectly fine?
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That is true, yes.
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next time this happens try opening the command prompt and typing

ping 8.8.8.8
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I will do this! I'll post again when I do it. What does it exactly do?
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Ping is a command that sends packets to a device.

The device is supposed to respond.

you can try pinging your router first. to do this you type

ping <router address>

you can find your router address by typing ipconfig, it'll be listed as gateway.



it shoudl look something like this when you are done.

C:\>ping 192.168.1.1

Pinging 192.168.1.1 with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from 192.168.1.1: bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=64
Reply from 192.168.1.1: bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=64
Reply from 192.168.1.1: bytes=32 time=2ms TTL=64
Reply from 192.168.1.1: bytes=32 time=1ms TTL=64

Ping statistics for 192.168.1.1:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 1ms, Maximum = 2ms, Average = 1ms

C:\>ping 8.8.8.8

Pinging 8.8.8.8 with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from 8.8.8.8: bytes=32 time=100ms TTL=37
Reply from 8.8.8.8: bytes=32 time=100ms TTL=37
Reply from 8.8.8.8: bytes=32 time=93ms TTL=37
Reply from 8.8.8.8: bytes=32 time=97ms TTL=37

Ping statistics for 8.8.8.8:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 93ms, Maximum = 100ms, Average = 97ms

C:\>

the address 8.8.8.8 is just a publicly available DNS server operated by google that will respond to ping requests. (and it's an easy address to remember.

Pinging your gateway, (in my case 192.168.1.1 will confirm that you are still actually connected to your router, pinging 8.8.8.8 will confirm that you are connected to the internet)

if both these tests work but you're still having problems try typing

ping google.com
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I will do this. Thanks a lot for all of your help, Root. I really really appreciate it.
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So I've done the test that you requested. When the triangle comes up I have typed in ping 8.8.8.8 and it comes up with 4 packets sent, 0 returned.

It's also been veryyyy slow the past couple of days. Not sure if my router just needs to be restarted or what on that front.
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