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Laptop's wifi stops working and damages wifi of other users

by SariataS / January 3, 2013 12:30 PM PST

I have a very strange problem with my laptop's wireless connection - after rebooting the (new) router, it works for about 15 minutes but then suddenly stops uploading websites even though it says the wireless connection is excellent. When I turn off the wireless for a few hours or days it starts working again but stops working after a few minutes.

What's worse - when this happens, it stops all my family's other laptops and tablets' wireless connections too. As soon as I disable the wifi on my laptop or turn it off, all the other laptops and tablets are able to access the internet again.

What the heck?

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by the way...
by SariataS / January 3, 2013 12:35 PM PST

... it doesnt appear to be an IP conflict since I checked and the laptops have different IP addresses when this happens. I'm also pretty sure its not a router problem since my laptop's had issues with two different routers I tried in my home.

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Vista did that long ago.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 3, 2013 1:55 PM PST

It was called the VISTA BROADCAST FLAG and some routers were not ready for it and it would lock up the router or toss everyone off the network. Well discussed so I'll stop here for more details about the pc and router.
Bob

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My pc isn't Vista
by SariataS / January 4, 2013 2:02 AM PST

Does this broadcast flag problem also occur with Windows 7? If so, then it would also be a matter of just turning off the broadcast flag?

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I'd use google for that question.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 4, 2013 2:08 AM PST
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But I did encounter routers that did what you noted. It's a shame that the details are not here. I can't look at google or use my prior experience to help here.
Bob

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PS. Dell settings.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 4, 2013 4:47 AM PST
In reply to: My pc isn't Vista
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Here is from a forum where someone had the same issue
by orlbuckeye / January 4, 2013 4:37 AM PST
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