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Old 01-04-2007, 05:55 AM   #1
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Default Wireless Network Problems

Hello everyone,

For the past 3 years my family has been using a wireless network (Using a D-Link 624 Rev. C Router with 3 computers using DWL-G520 cards)and up until about a year ago when before we moved we didn't have any problems. Our router is located in my mom's office which is fine for everyone except me because my bedroom is on the opposite side of the house. Because of the location of my room and the location of the router my wireless signal when connecting to our network has been crappy ranging from 4%-15% signal strength. It made it nearly impossible for me to have wireless internet, moving the router was out of the question and I even bought the ANT24-0400 antenna for my router and the DWL-M60AT to replace the antenna for my wireless card. This improved my wireless signal a little bit but overall I was still having problems connecting and staying connected, I even called D-Link multiple times and was told to turn of Super G Mode which as well only slightly helped my signal. I gave up trying to connect to my wireless router and was able to connect to my neighbors wireless router, I don't know where his router is but his house is around 40 feet from my room. I didn't have any problems staying connected but the only thing was my neighbor had a B wireless network so my max Tx rate was 11 Mbps. Well this Christmas I got the DWL-2100AP which I attempted to set up as a repeater but had no luck, instead of repeating the signal it would create its own network and not repeat my router signal. I called D-Link up and after waiting about 45 minutes on the phone I was transferred to a guy who (No Offense) didn't speak English that well and made me give him all this info only to find out that for the DWL-2100AP I needed to call a specialist and the number the guy gave me didn't even work. So I took the DWL-2100AP back to BestBuy and was going to exchange it for a different one to see if the one I had was defective only to find out they had none in stock, so instead the wireless tech guy told me about the Linksys WRE54G Wireless Range Expander and said that this should fix my problems. When I got home I set up the Linksys WRE54G and to test it out disabled our WEP and to my amazement it worked, my wireless signal went from 10%-15% to 75%-85%. Everything was going ok for the first couple of hours until I started to lose my wireless signal, if I was playing a game I would start to lag out, if I was download via Azureus I would watch my DL speed rise for about 5 minutes and then fall down to 0. When this would happen (and it does quite a bit) I would check and my Tx rate would drop from 54 to 48 to 36 to 11 and then to 5 with it rotating between 5 and 11 Mbps. The only solutions I found to temporarily fix this was to disconnect from the network and then reconnect and even this didint work all the time. Whats also really wired is that when the Linksys WRE54G is plugged in the computers upstairs would pick the increased wireless signal up and start to lag, the same problems I would have would happen almost instantly on the computer upstairs even if they were not happening to me.

I've done everything I can think of, I re-setup the network, assigned static IPs, enabled/disabled WEP, moved the Linksys WRE54G around the house, and just about anything else I could think of.

I would Appreciate any help in this matter, if you need more info, screenshots or whatever i'll be glad to supply. If I cant get this fixed then it looks like I might have to get my own cable modem and thats something I would really like to avoid.
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Old 01-04-2007, 08:58 PM   #2
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Default Re: Wireless Network Problems

If a repeater or a range extender will not work but for a little while, then your router is probably having problems. Is there another router you could use, at all? It could be a firmware issue, as I can see from D Link's Website they have made several revisions of this router. Also, do you have many cordless phones in the house? Or other wireless devices? The reason I ask, is most of this type of stuff runs on the 2.4GHz frequency, and could cause you problems. Try changing the channel, and see if that helps. I think something is up with your router.
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Old 01-05-2007, 05:09 AM   #3
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Hello,

The phone in my Mom's offices runs on the 5.8 GHz frequency as well as the one close to her office, the phones upstairs are 2.4 GHz but theres only 2, 1 is in my moms bedroom and 1 is in my sisters bedroom, there is also a 2.4 GHz one downstairs in the family room which isint far from my room.

I changed my channel from 11 to 2, still no change. I'm using Azureus to test my connection because the problem occurs much faster when Azureus is running.

As for my router, I've wanted to upgrade for quite some time and if my router is going bad then I'll stop at BestBuy and use the giftcards I got there to pick up a new one and hopefully this fixes the problem, i'll post my results tomorrow night.

Thanks pctechmike for replying

EDIT:
When I was running Azureus, as I said my TX Rate dropped to the numbers I posted in my first post, as soon as I exited out of Azureus my TX Rare increased.

Also whats better, a Repeater or a Range Extender?
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Old 01-05-2007, 06:06 AM   #4
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Like pctechmike said. Look for firmware updates. And try all the channels on the router aswell. Channel 6 works well on mine.
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Old 01-06-2007, 03:26 AM   #5
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Hello,

I went to BestBuy and decided to upgrade my router and my wireless card. I purchased the D-Link DIR-665 Xtreme N Gigabit Router as well as an D-Link DWA-552 Xtreme N Desktop Adapter. Both of them were on sale and I had around $180 in BestBuy money so it only ended up costing me around $50 bucks, I install my wireless card but wont be able to install my new router until tomorrow. But by just installing my wireless card im getting around 25% from my home network which is much better then 12%, hopfully the router will boost the signal even more enabling me to have a strong connection.

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