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Wireless signal strength

Discussion in 'Networks & Internet Connectivity' started by Majik, 17 Sep 2009.

  1. Majik

    Gangster

    Joined: 27 Feb 2004

    Posts: 445

    Location: Durham NE England

    Currently using the following.

    Netgear DG834G v2 firmware V3.01.38

    ASUS P5K-E onboard motherboard wireless.
    ASUS WiFi-AP Solo Version 6.6.16.1

    Channel 11 (2462Mhz)

    Used wireless for what must be a year now, without changing a single setting in either router settings or the ASUS wifi driver.

    One day it just starts fluctuating In Signal Strength and so Data Rate. Anywhere from 54Mbps to 1Mbps. Will change often once a minute and results in frequent loss of conectivity to gaming servers though web browsing doesn't seem to be effected too much.

    I've connected to my router using Powerline networking for the past few months but as I've found out they seem to come with problems of their own so I'm looking to get back on to wireless which ran perfectly for such a long time. I don't have a second router to check what the problem is but is there anyway I can narrow it down?

    I don't mind buying a new router but I'd like to confirm that as the problem if possible before doing so.
     
  2. K.C. Leblanc

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 13 Sep 2003

    Posts: 8,081

    Location: Glocestershire

    Try manualy setting the router to channel 1 or 6. It might be a neighbour's Wifi is causing interference.

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  3. ShiWarrior

    Capodecina

    Joined: 20 Oct 2002

    Posts: 21,182

    Location: Oxon

    Got the same problem

    been fine for 2 years, now that my ISP changed over to an unlimited thing (still 8Mb though) my connection speed has gone down to 1Mbs :(
     
  4. LEK-89

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 11 Oct 2008

    Posts: 2,206

    Location: Leicester

    As K.C said its likely a neighbour's wireless network could be causing interferance. Our next door neighbour rcently got BT & their BT HomeHub kept conflicting with our network i.e. dropping the connection in the bedroom's & the speeds going up and down like a yo yo and I changed mine from the original Auto (not sure what channel it was on originally) to channel 1 and it seemed to fix the interferance. If you have got a cordless phone make sure that the router is no where near it as they can cause a lot of interferance with wireless networks too as they also operate on the same 2.4ghz band.

    Liam