Laptop keeps disconnecting

Toshiba / Satellite l305-s5899
August 16, 2010 at 17:59:05
Specs: Windows Vista
If anyone can help me that would be great. For months now my latop has been disconnecting from the internet on and off and i can find any solutions, its not my router because none of the other computers do it and ive tried installing programs to repair or update my computer, still having the ongoing issue

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#1
August 16, 2010 at 22:36:13
Hi fiwfiw23,

I don't mean to sound funny, but sometimes it pays to check the obvious before going after the not-so-obvious...

Is it possible that you are losing the signal to your AP?
Is there more than one wireless card installed in your laptop?

If you could explain a little about what happens when the signal is lost (you walk into the garage, for example) this would help a bit :-)

If it's worth doing, it's worth doing right.


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#2
August 18, 2010 at 21:08:57
i only use my laptop in my room and theres where it DC's i have tried other locations in my house for example in the basement where the router is located and still no success so it doesnt matter where i take it, as far as what happens when i disconnect, what happens is my internet or programs will all of a sudden spike or lag, and then my computer will disconnect, showing me that it is locating the router then completely lose signal, i will only stay DCed for about 30 seconds then it will turn back on and this happens about 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm every 5 or 10 minutes, then from about 11:00 pm to 2:00 am and like i said its been happening for months, ive tried everything from configuring settings on the router to updating my drivers, which is not free by the way and i cant afford to pay for at this moment

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#3
August 18, 2010 at 23:37:03
If your laptop is completely losing the signal, and the wireless router is within line of sight then they're may be an issue with either the router itself, or your wireless network interface card in the laptop (or antenna too.)

Are you able to successfully hold a connection while connected to another AP? (a friend's house or at work, for example?) It would be nice to isolate the faulty device.

One other thing of note is the amount of interferrence in your environment. Basements are notorious for sucking up RF energy due to many factors. The brick walls, metal piping and subterranian nature of basements make them a natural enemy for wireless signals. Also, the interferrence from flourescent lights and microwave ovens can degrade Wi-Fi performance too. Just food for thought...

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#4
August 19, 2010 at 16:34:56
okay thank you for all of your help by the way, but you may be right it probably is my router because my laptop works fine connected to other locations (hotels, houses, shops) and i started to notice my brothers laptop is starting to do it too so the router may be the culprit, unfortunately i am only 18 years old and i am decent with computers but not the best. I am able to log into my router system but from there, i do not know much about routers and networking so i dont know if i would be able to fix it from there due to lack of knowledge, and i cant afford to replace my router since i am still living at home and in school. But on the other hand i have tried doing router updates and going to the netgear website for solutions and updates but nothing has helped so far, if you have any helpful feedback on this that would be helpful and thank you again

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#5
August 19, 2010 at 16:37:37
one last thing, the location of the router might not be the issue but then again could be because we have a lot of plumbing and other pipes in the ceiling of the basement, no appliances with microwave energy but then again i never had this problem when we moved here, so why would the connection start acting up now?

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