A few posts about preferred settings. There is a reason why we don't use the default settings. We never have to tinker with Fragmentation, Beacon Period, etc, but must broadcast the SSID or suffer drops.
If we stay with WEP or less we run the risk of others swatting our connection down. WPA2 may suffer from being too new.
There is a reason why the networking forum advice is the way it is.
If you follow that advice and at 2 feet it disconnects then there is broken hardware. Swap what you can out.
Here are my settings/hardware:
I am using a DLINK DIR-655 Router, hardware version A3, firmware 1.21
--Macbook Pro, OSX 10.6.1 (Snow Leopard)
--Wireless G only
--Router settings: Auto Channel scan enabled, Transmission Rate set to Best, Advanced Settings (Fragmentation, Beacon Period, etc), all remain at default values.
Description of the problem: I have been using the DLINK DIR-655 router with no problems for approximately 1 year. Suddenly, I began experiencing continuous disconnection issues is various areas of my home. My router is no more than 1-2 feet from my primary workspace (which is my desk).
I have tried changing the settings from Auto Scan enabled to setting to a specific channel, but it has not resolved the problem. I also disabled the Short GI setting -- that did not solve the problem either.
I purchased a spectral analyzer, and found neighboring networks on channels 1 and 11, while the auto channel scan generally positions me on channel 7. There were also high-amplitude, steady signals being broadcast at frequencies 2426 and 2452.
I also purchased a Mac Time Machine wireless router to try. I could work at my workspace with the Time Machine wirelessly (while I can't with the DLINK), but I lost wireless capabilities in other parts of my home.
I get the disconnection error messages in the router log.
I have disconnected my cordless phone, and the problems persist.
--What are the optimal advanced settings for overcoming these problems?
--Is this an interference problem or hardware problem? If its an interference problem, why does the Apple Time Machine work in some areas, while the DLINK does not, and vice-versa?
Thanks for the help!