Connectivity Problems At Second Location

Linksys Wrt54g2 wireless g router
January 21, 2010 at 15:02:31
Specs: Windows XP
I have 3 Laptops at home; all connect to my wireless router without any problems. When I go to a friend's house 14 miles away, two of my PCs. will connect to his wireless router without a problem but the third one always has a problem and may take hours, or never, connect to his router. Are there any settings I should look at, considering I did nothing special when I started using wireless router. Should I shutdown the PC with the problem, instead of just putting it to sleep, when I go to my friend's house? I never have any problems when I come back home from my friend's house.

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#1
January 22, 2010 at 01:44:10
Just to clarify - does the problem pc connect to his router at all?

If not you may have an incorrect wireless password stored on that pc. Can you try to connect the laptop using a wired ethernet connection and see if that improves the situation?


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#2
January 22, 2010 at 08:38:29
The PC that has the problem used to connect fine. For the past month, it has problems and may take hours before it connects. Today I put the PC next to the router and still had the problem. Then I connected this PC directly into the modem and that worked great. One other piece of information: when I list the wireless networks at my friends house, I see 10 networks in addition to the one in the house. Can a wireless connection problem occur if the PC finds too many wireless networks? Also, my friend's router has a PW which I entered into my PC a long time ago and that PS has not changed in years.

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#3
January 22, 2010 at 09:03:48
No problems with detecting too many wireless networks (unless frequencies are overlapping) but if you say the other notebooks are working than its not an issue.

If it DOES eventually connect to it than it isn't a pw issue. If the laptop works at your house than its not the wireless card either.

It might be worth deleting on your problem pc the wireless connection settings for his network and then set them up from scratch.

Let me know if that fixes things.


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#4
January 23, 2010 at 19:46:28
Before you do any deletion/reset check your friend's router setting as he might have set a limit on number of clients allowed to connect to the router.

For example, he set a limit of maximum 5 clients allowed on the network at any time then if you happen to be the 6th person trying you will not connect to the network as limit has been reached


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#5
January 24, 2010 at 08:13:19
There are only 1, maybe 2 PCs used at any one time so I don't think the limit on the router is the problem. Regarding deleting the network connections, can you expand on that? I assume I can only do that when I am at my friend's house. How do I "delete" it, and then how do "install" it?

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#6
January 24, 2010 at 11:09:40
go into your wireless management and delete your friend's profile or the SSID, this way when you go to his house again you will be required to set up a new profile when you try to gain access.


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