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Posted on 2013-07-01
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Hi guys,

It's not until a problem like this comes about that I realise that I really don't know much about wifi.

Client had a simple 54mbps G router previously. system changed and we put in a TP-link 901ND AP.

It is around 4m away from where it was previously. Wireless keeps losing connection randomly and going really slow. It's an n router. I've scanned around and tried to pick channels which are not being used by neighbouring network. I've tweaked it so its only using 20mhz channel width instead of 20/40. I've tried to move it to BG/G only/N only etc... with no real luck. Today I put it on G only and put the speed down to 54Mbps - didn't do a whole lot. I've replaced the device so I know it's not that.

It's a 2.4GHz band AP. This is where I scratch my head and a deeper understanding of wifi is required.

I suppose I have 2 questions here:
1) anyone got some suggestions?
2) anyone got some links/vids which explains the different standards and how channels work and how it works when they use multiple channels at once.

Thanks in advance.
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by:stergium
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Hello.
It seems ( http://forum.tp-link.com/showthread.php?2745-AP-drops-connection )  its a common problem and its not only happening to you. I've read that beta firmware  fixed the issue.
So my first advice would be to install the latest firmware available
http://www.tp-link.com/en/support/download/?model=TL-WA901ND
please feedback
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by:Talds_Alouds
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Ah yes...silly me. I saw this firmware last week when I put in the replacement device. I said to myself that I'd try that beta firmware if it still didn't work. I'll check it out tomorrow. I'll report back thanks.
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please dont forget to feed back (so to have another verified solution to this problem)
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Sorry for the late response.
Basically the beta firmware didn't fix it. I swapped it with an older D-Link AP which also didn't change anything. I changed channels, changed SSID and dropped it back to B/G. So far there doesn't seem to be any issues. I'm thinking there's something in the atmosphere.
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by:Talds_Alouds
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Swapped out AP.
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