Sudden problem with wi-fi & modem/router!
I've been with my new ISP (Mynetfone) for about a month now, and it's excellent, EXCEPT I cannot use a cable to connect my PC and modem/router, as they are 2 rooms apart.
Instead, I am forced to use wi-fi, which I'm iffy about, but have no choice.
I already had a wi-fi USB dongle which I used, but it only gave 2 bars of signal and "low" to "very low" signal strength. The signal speed also fluctuated greatly, between 11-54Mbps (54 being the max speed achievable).
I experienced frequent drop outs due to the "very low" signal strength, though when using the cable, it was perfect speed and 100% reliable.
I bought a new USB wi-fi dongle, which gave a consistent 4 bars and "very good" signal strength. YAY, I thought! It still fluctuated between 11-54Mbps, but did seem to settle around 36-54Mbps most of the time.
Anyway, NOTHING has changed, but yesterday evening the wi-fi capability suddenly went strange. Every few seconds it'd drop out and say "acquiring network address" and then re-connect to the modem/router again. A bit annoying.
Even MORE annoying and strange though was that soon after it dropped down to 1Mbps of speed. It still had "very good" signal strength, but only a single ONE mbps!! At this point the net was almost impossible to use as it was so incredibly slow. I tried, out of interest, to do a speed test, and the results were 0.12 download and 0.11 upload. OH MY GOD!
I tried disconnecting and re-connecting, "repairing" the wi-fi connection (which did work but only momentarily, like a minute or so), and then in the end switched the PC off. Today however, it's not really connecting at all. It keeps trying to acquire the network address and then it gives up and goes back to "automatic" and with the red cross over the wi-fi PC icon.
So today I tried using the old dongle again, and this is even worse, except it now also has "very low" signal as well.
So I'm now back to using my OLD ISP (which we're keeping for another month, just in case something like this happens), Virgin wireless. The reason we changed from this ISP was cause we could never get a good signal from the mobile towers. 1 bar at best. It was atrocious.
However, the wi-fi dongle works PERFECTLY with this modem (which is in the same room). Consistent and stable 54Mbps and "excellent" 5 bars of signal. It also connects almost instantly, unlike the Mynetfone that, even when it CAN connect, seems to take a long time to "acquire network address".
It also sometimes says, when I try and find a network to connect to, that NONE are available!!! What the!? (there's always 4. My Mynetfone, my Virgin, and 2 others that are obviously neighbours somewhere nearby) It's like this for about 3 minutes before finding most, or all, of those 4 networks again.
So...the wi-fi dongle works (or it wouldn't work with the Virgin either)
The Mynetfone modem (Dynalink) works fine apparently. The VOIP/phone is working fine. All the lights are on that should be on. I've tried turning it off and turning it on agan 2 minutes later (a "power cycle"), but it makes no difference. I've tried unplugging and plugging the wi-fi dongle in again, but nope. It just refuses to connect.
HELP!!?? What is going on with the connection between my wi-fi dongle and the Mynetfone modem/router!? It worked fine before! Why suddenly change now? (I've checked the settings. Nothing has changed or been lost or something)