Quote: Originally Posted by jag3498
For the past week I have been experiencing issues while on the web with my newer laptop. I have my laptop connected via WiFi to our network. From my room upstairs the signal strength is normally fair. However, every once in a while ( Like once an hour at least, 5 min apart at worst) the internet drops to very low signal strength and I cannot connect to the internet. Windows also notices the problem and alerts me that I have limited or now connectivity. It then works again within 1 minute. It is very annoying, especial since I stream a lot of music and do a lot of VoIP calls. I have restarted, rebooted the router, reset the router, and turned my wireless card on and off. And the strange part is that my computer connects fine to other networks and stays connected. And even stranger is that no other computers or devices on the network are having that problem. There are 4 laptops connected not including my notebook. There are also 3 phones, a tablet, a printer and a Wii connected via WiFi. There is also a desktop, a server, and a blue-ray player connected via Ethernet. The router is the Actiontec MI424WR Verizon FiOS Router. Any Ideas?
Thanks in advance,
This type of problem usually relates to the wireless channel is overloaded, this is usually because your neighbors are using the same channel or close to the same channel as your router. Channels overlap because they use part of the bandwidth from other channels in order to put out a signal.
It's best to scan the area using a WIFI scanner then look for a channel that either isn't being used or one that is furthest away from the channels that your neighbors are using. This is especially true when trying to stream movies.
You will want to use WPA2 and AES encryption if possible. If your still having problems you can post a screen shot of the results here. Sometimes it's obvious which channel to use, other times you have to just pick and choose to find the right one.
Xirrus WIFI scanner works well for this.
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