Dropped Internet Connection w/Multiple Comps

Toshiba Satellite a505-s6980 notebook
January 21, 2010 at 12:04:36
Specs: Vista, XP
When more than one computer accesses the internet then the connection drops. Recently when one person is on our home desktop computer and another is on our Toshiba Satelline laptop, both internet connections will stop and both computers will need to be rebooted then we can then access the internet again. Same thing happens when I have the Toshiba laptop on and then someone tries to access the internet separately on an Acer Aspire One netbook, both connections will get cut off and both need to be rebooted, only then can both laptops connect to the internet. The desktop and netbook are running XP and the Toshiba is Vista, the router is a Linksys and the cable modem is from Cox. So far there has been no issue if one of the computers are on the net and then I use my iPod Touch's Wifi. So far I've noticed the issue mainly when I turn on the Toshiba and it affects the other computer's connection. So far if I have the HP Desktop and the Acer Aspire netbook on there has been no dropped connection.

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January 21, 2010 at 13:59:27
The Linksys router might be the weak link in the chain. However, I would not be so rash as to suggest you replace it, not just yet anyway.

Can you possibly borrow a different make of cable-compatible router to see if that fixes the problem?

Problems like this can have several possible causes, so it's a case of using a process of elimination - starting with the router in your case - but borrowing rather than buying till you see what the result is.

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January 21, 2010 at 14:36:47
Things to check:

1. make sure you are cabled correctly. Cable from modem goes to routers WAN port not a lan port

2. make sure your routers dhcp scope is large enough to handle the number of computers/laptops connecting.

3. when using wifi make sure you are connecting to your network and not someone elses.

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September 13, 2010 at 21:29:50
Some thing similar happens with me. the connection on my desk top is fine (it has a wireless modem). but when I turn on my laptop. the signal on my desktop goes to poor and I can no longer access the internet.

When I turn off the laptop, the signal gets strop again. What could this be?

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