WiFi, Bye-Bye

Good morning Fred, Have been a "plus" subscriber for a few years now.  Look forward each edition. Don’t recall seeing this mentioned in the Langalist ……… I have all from 1997 on.

Been having an issue with my Wi-Fi at home.  Every once in a while, my laptop (and my wife’s) lose their remote connection to the home network. Then the next day everything seems to be OK.  I have a Linksys 54g with speed boost and a Hawking signal booster, so the wife and I get max signals wherever we are in the house.  I have WEP turned on and have set MAC addressing to only allow the 2 laptops and my desktop access to this network.  So I don’t think the problem is external.  I have verified all IP and address settings.  Everything reflects their initial setup.  I even changed the wireless channel multiple times, thinking it may be outside interference.

Could my wireless router be failing?  My desktop is hardwired and has had no problems accessing the internet, my print server, or my NAS.

It is especially annoying when the signal disappears while in my lazyboy, sipping a cold one and tracking my fantasy football team. :)

Am at a loss.  Any input? Thanks, and keep up the work ! —Dan Gill

Yes, it’s possible for external interference to mess things up. A very powerful signal, or a less-powerful one that’s nearby, can simply overwhelm a weaker one, even if they’re not on the same frequency. (You’ve probably experienced a related form of this in your car when you drive by the transmitter for a radio or TV station: The nearby transmitter may temporarily overwhelm the signals from any other station you’re tuned to, even though the stations are on different frequencies.) Even weak external signals can be a problem if they’re a "harmonic" (multiple or divisor) of the in-use freque

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Fred Langa

About Fred Langa

Fred Langa is senior editor. His LangaList Newsletter merged with Windows Secrets on Nov. 16, 2006. Prior to that, Fred was editor of Byte Magazine (1987 to 1991) and editorial director of CMP Media (1991 to 1996), overseeing Windows Magazine and others.