Wireless router drops signal

July 26, 2005 at 16:45:37
Specs: Win XP / Mac OS X, XP 3000+ / G4

I bought a new Netgear WGT624 wireless router for my home, and overall am very pleased, but about three to four times a day, the signal will drop for about 10 seconds. Then, in most cases, the signal will come back full stength and we can continue going about our business. (Some times Windows gets picky and I have to manually turn it back on, but thats not an issue.) Here's some information about my setup:

I have 128bit WEP enabled
I'm using a unique SSID
I'm using channel 2 (there are about 6 other wireless networks on my block, all using channels 6 and 11)
I turned off SPI firewall (it was blocking AIM)

The Windows box has IEEE authentication ON
The Mac has Interference Robustness OFF

The router is positioned on the second floor, towards the middle of the house. All computers get 4/5 or 5/5 bars of signal strength.

Finally, my theory on the problem. We have no less than 5 2.4GHz phones scattered throughout the house. Seeing as though the router is set to b/g, I believe this to be the culprit, but I've never been able to conclusively prove it in my mind. I noticed the internet cut out once just after the phone rang, but an hour later the phone rang and the signal was uneffected.

So my question is, if it's not the phones, is there anything else I should be looking at? If it is, would going to 5.8GHz phones help?

Thanks guys,


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July 26, 2005 at 19:44:30

I've found this to be a common problem with Netgear wireless routers. :-/ Linksys work great.

"Barbara Streisand hasn't ruined the culture since Yentl."

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July 26, 2005 at 20:30:58

Well I've had less luck with Linksys. The last time I used it WEP wouldn't even work, so I won't be going to back to them.

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July 27, 2005 at 05:00:19

Linksys used to suck really bad. However, I've used them the last three SOHO wireless networks I've setup. Work absolutely flawlessly each and every time. In fact, the last one the WAP was places in the bottom corner of a house, and I got good signals from the top floor on the other side. Quite impressive.

I ad to switch from Netgear for precisely the problem you've encountered. WEP will work, but every so often the router or WAP loses its mind, and I have to reset the WEP key for no reason.

"Barbara Streisand hasn't ruined the culture since Yentl."

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July 28, 2005 at 05:52:04

I have heard so many complains about wireless router dropping, rebooting..blah. So i guess, they haven't matured yet.

Many solution suggested, including solving overheating issue, updating firmware, change telephone if both has same frequency, even change the power supply. Some claim working, some don't..so try which you think fit for you.

My own router, a Netgear WGU624, isn't very good at all. Connected fine no dropping but it cause more lag in gamming than my wired one. So now i am only using it as a wireless access point for computer in my living room. All machines in my room are still wired.

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