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Windows 7: How can I improve this..?

30 Oct 2010   #1
Kris340

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit
 
 
How can I improve this..?



I have a linksys router in the other room... my internet goes on and off. Is there anything that I can do to tweak it up a little without having to pay?

And also.. whenever my wireless goes down I usually have to restart my laptop to get it connected again.


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30 Oct 2010   #2
Orbital Shark

 
 

Hi Kris,

If you open up Device Manager is there any devices with a yellow exclaimation mark next to them?

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Is so then try removing/uninstalling the device, rebooting then Windows will re-install the drivers.

If not then you might want to re-boot your router.
Tip   Tip
Normally to reboot just switch the machine off, locate a small hole and press a pen into it for 5-10 seconds then power on the machine. For more information please consult your router documentation.

Note   Note
If your ISP has sent update data to the router it can cause connectivity issues that would seem to be caused by your computer/laptop and normally a re-boot fixes these isues



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30 Oct 2010   #3
kword88

windows 7 ultimate 64bit
 
 

i assume you mean improve the signal?

10 tips for improving your wireless network
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30 Oct 2010   #4
Orbital Shark

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kword88 View Post
i assume you mean improve the signal?

10 tips for improving your wireless network
With 5 bars, signal should not be an issue
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30 Oct 2010   #5
kword88

windows 7 ultimate 64bit
 
 

maybe its my screen (or my eyes). to me it looks like only the first two bars are filled (green).
and the description is pretty vague.
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30 Oct 2010   #6
Orbital Shark

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kword88 View Post
maybe its my screen (or my eyes). to me it looks like only the first two bars are filled (green).
and the description is pretty vague.
All green and yes, quite vague but we'll see when the OP comes back online
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30 Oct 2010   #7
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kris340 View Post


I have a linksys router in the other room... my internet goes on and off. Is there anything that I can do to tweak it up a little without having to pay?

And also.. whenever my wireless goes down I usually have to restart my laptop to get it connected again.
Looking at your signal strength and speed I'd say you were using wireless G for this connection which tends to max out around 54Mbps.

Because your getting the best possible signal and speed that G has to offer have you considered the possibilty that the wireless channel you are using is also being used by one of your neighbors? This will cause endless problems with connections dropping for no apparent reason.

You might try using this free program from Xirrus called the wifi inspector which will show you which channels are being used in your area. You can then choose a channel that isn't being used in your area and change channel using your routers control panel.
Xirrus: The Leader in High Performance Wi-Fi - Advanced IT Wi-Fi Networking Tools
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30 Oct 2010   #8
Kris340

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit
 
 

Quote:
Looking at your signal strength and speed I'd say you were using wireless G for this connection which tends to max out around 54Mbps.

Because your getting the best possible signal and speed that G has to offer have you considered the possibilty that the wireless channel you are using is also being used by one of your neighbors? This will cause endless problems with connections dropping for no apparent reason.

You might try using this free program from Xirrus called the wifi inspector which will show you which channels are being used in your area. You can then choose a channel that isn't being used in your area and change channel using your routers control panel.
Xirrus: The Leader in High Performance Wi-Fi - Advanced IT Wi-Fi Networking Tools
I gave the program a try.. but how do I see and choose the different channels?

Orbital- I looked at my network drives in device manager and they were all green, no exclamation marks. But i'll try uninstalling them to see if that does anything.
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30 Oct 2010   #9
kword88

windows 7 ultimate 64bit
 
 

to change channels, you need to access the router. it should be listed in "network and sharing center" in control panel.
once you find its icon, right-click it and select "view device webpage". leave "user name" blank, and type "admin" for password. (no quotes).
while your in there you may as well update the firmware if there is a newer version. there should be a link to the website.
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30 Oct 2010   #10
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kris340 View Post
Quote:
Looking at your signal strength and speed I'd say you were using wireless G for this connection which tends to max out around 54Mbps.

Because your getting the best possible signal and speed that G has to offer have you considered the possibilty that the wireless channel you are using is also being used by one of your neighbors? This will cause endless problems with connections dropping for no apparent reason.

You might try using this free program from Xirrus called the wifi inspector which will show you which channels are being used in your area. You can then choose a channel that isn't being used in your area and change channel using your routers control panel.
Xirrus: The Leader in High Performance Wi-Fi - Advanced IT Wi-Fi Networking Tools
I gave the program a try.. but how do I see and choose the different channels?

Orbital- I looked at my network drives in device manager and they were all green, no exclamation marks. But i'll try uninstalling them to see if that does anything.
After you have looked over the Xirrus wifi inspector you should be able to determine which channels aren't being used in your area, choose one from channel 1-11 which ever one isn't being used should work well for you.

I prefer using channels higher up in range like 7-10 as channel 11 is usually used by someone else because it's default for many routers.

Then you would need to access your routers set up page. For your linksys router type 192.168.1.1 into your browsers URL and hit enter. Navigate to the manual wireless set up page and chance the channel to one that isn't being used and save the set up.
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