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Old 02-08-2007, 12:30 PM   #1
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Wireless Internet issue

Figured everyone else had a question, why not me.

Top floor of the house, I have a Linksys wireless G router with Vonage, mixed setup (B/G), with WAP encryption in one room.

In another room, I have my desktop (setup for multiple users) using a USB Wireless adapter (B), a laptop using a Wireless-G notebook adapter (with speedboost), and my work laptop (using internal G wireless adapter). The laptops are used throughout the house.

The issue is while the notebooks stay connected to the internet constantly (no matter where in the house I am), the desktop has an issue staying connected. If I use the computer for a while, leave, and come back to it several hours later, chances are it won't work and I have to reboot. The adapter always shows it is connected to the router, however I have to reboot (repairing the adapter doesn't work either) in order for it to get a signal again.

Any thoughts as to what the deal is? When I lived in my old place, I never had this problem with the desktop. I've updated the driver for the USB adapter, didn't fix it. Rolled it back to a previous driver, didn't fix it. Reinstalled new adapter, didn't fix it. I figured I'd ask for any suggestions before shelling out another $50 for a new adapter.
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Re: Wireless Internet issue

Check the driver details for it. Also, check your power settings on your machine. Some machines are set to disable USB devices when they are in power saving mode and therefore it won't reconnect when it resumes from standby.

Try this: set your power settings to NEVER turn off. This includes monitor, standby, even screen saver. Make sure the screen is always on, let it sit for a few hours and see if it gets disabled then.
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Rather than rebooting you can also do this.

Hit "Windows key + R" type cmd and hit Enter.

Then type ipconfig /release then ipconfig /renew
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Check the driver details for it. Also, check your power settings on your machine. Some machines are set to disable USB devices when they are in power saving mode and therefore it won't reconnect when it resumes from standby.

Try this: set your power settings to NEVER turn off. This includes monitor, standby, even screen saver. Make sure the screen is always on, let it sit for a few hours and see if it gets disabled then.
I noticed the power saving mode on the USB devices before and turned that off. I think my power settings mode is on never turn off, but I can look at those settings and make that change if necessary.

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Rather than rebooting you can also do this.

Hit "Windows key + R" type cmd and hit Enter.

Then type ipconfig /release then ipconfig /renew
Doesn't Windows do this when you click Repair the Wireless Network Connection? There are times where I click on repair, it goes through the motions, says it's connected, then I can't access the internet...
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I noticed the power saving mode on the USB devices before and turned that off. I think my power settings mode is on never turn off, but I can look at those settings and make that change if necessary.


Doesn't Windows do this when you click Repair the Wireless Network Connection? There are times where I click on repair, it goes through the motions, says it's connected, then I can't access the internet...
I have a Linksys wireless router in my basement and 2 laptops (Dell, Omnibook) along with my desktop pc. For a while I was also having problems with the desktop losing Internet connection but the laptops worked just fine. Honestly, after trying several suggestions, all I did was reposition the wireless router a few feet away and I haven't run into any issues since.
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I noticed the power saving mode on the USB devices before and turned that off. I think my power settings mode is on never turn off, but I can look at those settings and make that change if necessary.


Doesn't Windows do this when you click Repair the Wireless Network Connection? There are times where I click on repair, it goes through the motions, says it's connected, then I can't access the internet...
Basically, but I like to go through the command prompt because it seems to work better for me.
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Old 02-08-2007, 03:28 PM   #7
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Cool. I'll give it a try tonight when I get home...
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Is the desktop a Dell? If it is, is the adapter plugged in a front side port or the back side. We have seen several issues with the front side USB ports sucking ass on Dells in XP. Not sure if it is a Dell thing or what but it is constantly a problem.
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Old 02-08-2007, 06:02 PM   #9
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Nope, built this machine myself a few years back...

Update: As I suspected, the device cannot be powered down by the PC, and the Power Scheme is Never Turn Off.

I am going to turn off fast user switching and see if that helps...forcing us to log out and log in each time.
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Old 02-08-2007, 09:00 PM   #10
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Re: Wireless Internet issue

I bought a G+ system for my desktop upstairs and my laptop and my Xbox 360, and it works great, but every coponent is the same brand...

I bought the router and the desktop card on sale for 90 bucks at Wal Mart... I forget the brand... it starts with a G...

I have an internal card in the laptop, and plugged the computer straight into the 360 via ethernet card...
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Old 02-09-2007, 12:50 AM   #11
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Re: Wireless Internet issue

you can go to best buy and get new antennas (to put on the router or the desktop card). I did that with my parent's setup and it fixed their issues.
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Nope, built this machine myself a few years back...

Update: As I suspected, the device cannot be powered down by the PC, and the Power Scheme is Never Turn Off.

I am going to turn off fast user switching and see if that helps...forcing us to log out and log in each time.
And also go into screensaver properties and uncheck the box saying, "Show Welcome Screen upon resume".
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Old 02-09-2007, 08:50 AM   #13
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Re: Wireless Internet issue

Ahhh, I'll definitely check that.

I was able to log in and get the internet after a few hours. The key will be if my wife can log in this morning...

Thanks for all the help.
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