Random Loss of Wireless Connection

February 25, 2009 at 13:20:02
Specs: Windows Vista
Hi everyone, I have cable internet in my home, pumping through a WGR614 NetGear router. It routes internet to my Xbox 360 (wired) and my new Dell Inspiron Laptop (wireless). I have no problems with the 360.

But on occasion, every 1 to 2 days or so, the wireless connection drops, and I get a windows error that my wireless security key is invalid, despite it being already typed into the field and I KNOW it's accurate. I simply cycle the power on the Netgear router, and it's back humming.

Small inconvenience, but I can't figure out what would be causing it. My windows and networking knowledge is limited.

Thanks for all inputs and suggestions.


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February 25, 2009 at 13:36:18
I bet it's happening when the DHCP lease is up and it attempts to renew the IP. Give the NIC a static IP address and see what happens.

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February 25, 2009 at 15:36:12
That's a bit technical but i do understand making the IP static (not changing), I should point out tho that I have the exact same configuration at my other home down to the same laptop (dell inspiron) except i use a linksys router and dont experience the same issue.

I figure it has to be an issue with the Netgear, logically anyway, but i will attempt to interpret what you say and give it a go.

Thanks for a prompt response.

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