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wireless network help

Hi there,

i have recently had a wireless network installed in my house.

The wireless network is synex and the laptop i use is a IBM R40 thinkpad with wi fi wireless on it.

Sometimes it works fine but on alot of occasions it will not work at all. Does anyone know why this might be happening?

Is there a better wireless network i could buy?

Many Thanks,

Phil
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JackHodsonIT ManagerCommented:
Hi Phil, what is the error you are getting, is it just disconnecting randomly, stays connected but the internet will not work?

Thanks
Jack
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BILJAXCommented:
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pritaeasSoftware EngineerCommented:
Also, depending on the walls (iron in it?) you could lose connection. There are amplifiers available to up the signalstrength from 2dB to 6dB. E.g. Hawking.
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rindiCommented:
These "occasions" when it doesn't work at all, can you describe these better? Do you mean that it doesn't work in certain locations? Wireless lan in a house can be easily disrupted by walls etc. Often if you have line of sight to your access point, you can get a range of up to 800 meters, but in a house you hardly ever get line of sight, and then the range greatly deteriorates. Where in your house id the AP located? The worst place for it would be the cellar, for instance.

It might therefore help if you try out different locations for your Access point. High locations are often better, so consider mounting it close to the ceiling. You can also get more powerfull antennas. Access Points normally have antennas which are detachable, and the connectors are standardized, so any antenna will work. If you can't move the AP itself, you can also attach the antennae with a cable and move those around...
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reedsrCommented:
do you have a cordless phone? if so try changing the channel on your AP to an orthoganal channel ie from 1 to 6 or 6 to 11 and see if that helps. the AP at my house took major interence on ch. 1 but not any other channel
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SiamSterAuthor Commented:

The computer and wireless are in the same room. We have the wireless set up high on top of the tv.

It stays connected but wont display webpages!

We have a 1024mb broadband connection which works very fast when it is working!

And we have no telephone

Cheers,

Chris
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rindiCommented:
Then I don't think it is a wireless problem. Does your AP also have a normal ethernet wire connection you could try for a period of time, as comparison?
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SiamSterAuthor Commented:
would anyone think that our satilite TV is interfering with the signal as we have the adsl modem and the wireless on top of our TV?

Cheers,

Chris & Phil
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SiamSterAuthor Commented:
and what does AP stand for? access point????????/
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SiamSterAuthor Commented:
its very intermittent, seems like it works when it wants to!
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BILJAXCommented:
Yes SS, AP stands for Access-Point.



AC
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rindiCommented:
Yes, AP is short for Access Point, and no, I don't think the TV gets anywhere close to the frequencies used by wireless lan.
Depending on the wireless product in your PC, you may have installed a utility which shows you the state of your connection
to the AP. If you have such a tool, can you keep it open in order to monitor if it is the wireless connection that fails or if it is the
ISPs connection.
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SiamSterAuthor Commented:
cheers but why is this happening?
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rindiCommented:
I don't know yet. I'm still trying to find out what actually is happening. Have been able to connect the PC by wire to the AP, or is this a model
where you don't have that possibility? If you can connect by cable, do you still have the problems?

Anyhow, how do you know I'm enjoying a beer here? anyhow, cheers, too!

:-)
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BILJAXCommented:
Download NetStumbler 0.40,  http://www.netstumbler.com/

Walk around your place and see where the signal dips or cuts out.   Whatever is there could be causing the interference.

Move your AP away from that area, or disable the object that is in that area.



AC
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SiamSterAuthor Commented:
Ok guys i'll keep on trying and let u all know when ive sorted it!!!!!!!!!!
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SiamSterAuthor Commented:
#BIiLJAX

I am having problems downloading the drivers from IBM site, when i click the link, a new window opens and i click agree, the explorer asks block or download file, so i click download file and nothing happens, it just goes back to the download page

what can i do?

Chris


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rindiCommented:
Try clicking on the download link and pressing shift or alt at the same time, or if you are using firefox, try using IE just for this.
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