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Windows 7: WIFI quits, not reliable, "no internet access"

23 Jun 2016   #1

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WIFI quits, not reliable, "no internet access"

How to make your home wifi more reliable.

I have a Comcast router (few years old, not the latest one, has no native wifi capability) connected to a LinkSys WRT160N. The WRT160N wifi is turned off. My WRT160N is in the basement and serves as a connection point for several hardwired ethernet connections. I opted to use an alternate wifi source, a Linksys WAP300N located upstairs, functioning as a wireless access point hardwire to the WRT160N. The kitchen location broadcasts a much more useable signal throughout the house and property.

After much fuss trying to manage a useable and dependable wifi connection for all users, I found that only ONE SETTING made a difference in the dependability and functional uptime for my wifi:

The 'N ONLY' setting. I broadcast at 2.5GHz, N only mode, and it is now much better, no issues for weeks now.

I checked the physical cable connection from the WRT160N to the WAP300N - the cable is good. (Of course it is, I made it!) No issues with the physical connection to the WAP300N.

Whenever I used a multi -mode signal (B/G/N) it was a nightmare. Connection would fall off unexpectedly, frequently, you could even say "consistently inconsistent". If the devices could find my SSID, it seemed to be connected but the dreaded "no internet access" message would display.

I only used mixed mode because there was one older device (game console) that did not recognize 802.11n.

I tried everything else - different channels, alternate encryption methods, broadcast/do not broadcast SSID, various settings on the WAP300N - forget it. It is not a reliable wireless access point when broadcasting in a mixed-mode configuration. It is damn near useless in mixed-mode.

Once changed it to N only it works reliably and continues to do so.

I hope this helps, as there is little useful info I have found for these problems when searching the net.

Be well,


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