Wireless Connection Problems

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  1. JamesED

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    I occasionally lose my connection, as described in this linksys and windows knowledge base links.

    I either have to restart my computer or unplug and replug my adapter. I am using the Linksys WUSB54G G USB adapter. I can't use a card, because my apartment complex insists I use this adapter to connect.

    The Linksys page says I need to go to the properties of the adapter, and to the authentication tab and turn off the IEEE 802.1x authetication. The problem is I don't have this tab, and it links to the windows base that acknowledges the problem. The windows page doesn't seem to offer a solution, only suggesting to pay for their support phoneline.

    Anyone know what I can do? I can only turn off the authetication for each wireless router I want to connect to. I only connect to one and it's off, but if I uncheck authetication for the other routers, windows reenables it after I close the window. I only have the router I want to connect to on my preferred list, and I have checked the box to only connect to routers on the preferred list. I assume authentication is still my problem. I went for 4 days without a problems, but in the last 18 hrs I've lost connection 5 times.

    Linksys solution page
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  2. Tony Loewen

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    I was having troubles with my wireless connection when I had WEP enable. Disabled it and I haven't had any problems. I disabled my ssid broadcast, and I know all of my neighbors pretty well (I am in a small, very isolated community). I know I am leaving myself a little open, but I don't have to pay for extra bandwidth, and don't really keep anything personal on my computer anyway, nothing that I wouldn't mind sharing. And, like I said, it's a pretty good community, so I'm not too concerned. I haven't tried that other encrytion scheme, WPA is it? I can't remember... might have better luck with it. I was having dropouts every 5-15 minutes, really annoying when trying to watch a divx movie over the network. Disabled WEP and been rock solid since. If you have security concerns, this likely isn't a good option for you though.
     
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    I had a similar problem a while back where my Xbox was acting as a wireless access point and all my wireless network cards were looking there instead of my Linksys router. Once I fixed that, everything went back to normal after I re-established the connections.
     
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    I had a similar problem with windows zero configuration wireless utility. Turning that off and using the program that came with my wireless card.
     
  5. JamesED

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    I'll try your solution Rob. I can't turn off the security features since the routers are the apartment complexes. You could say good bye to all your bandwidth turning it off in a college town.
     
  6. JamesED

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    Well I turned off Windows Zero Configuration and Windows Auto configuring wireless settings. I am using the Linksys WLAN Monitor Version 1.1, but I still lost connection today. The guy that set up the network is going to see me monday. I'm going to see if I can use a PCI card and return their usb adapter. There should be that tab under wireless card properties for IEEE authentication. If I could turn that off completely I'm sure my problems would go away.

    To give you an idea about security, not counting the Apartment's routers, there are 6 access points without even WEP turned on, and only 1 with it on within range and all with great signal srength. Even WEP iturned on sn't that great.
     

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