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Randomly loosing WIFI on 1 computer, but not the other

by zantaff / November 27, 2012 4:15 PM PST

I have a Mac and a PC (now running windows Cool

My mac stays connected to the WiFi very nicely, but my PC likes to disconnect every 5 or so minutes. I'm using a Microsoft USB adapter model MN-510.

Here are some odd things I'm seeing:

I'm connected to my university network, but my WiFi is set to "Off" However, when I go to my network settings, it seems to be running.

Any ideas?


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It may not measure up
by Willy / November 27, 2012 10:33 PM PST

The old router is probably having issues since this is Win8 now. It was released when XP was the main OS. Even if installed correctly it still falls on older network values which may not be WPA2 ready or such or how the network itself treats it. On top of that it's USB connected which itself is slightly slower overall to to react. if the latest driver doesn't help, it maybe flat out better to get a new adapter that fully states its Win8 ready. I had a MN-510 but moved away from it myself, though it worked, it seemed to hic-up now and then. Even the person I gave it to, had problems only after his connecting everything. It does work, but it failed to with wifi phones and/or other than PC setups. The more complicated the less likely it worked well.

tada -----Willy Happy

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by zantaff / November 27, 2012 11:47 PM PST
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I think you're right. I'll look into getting a new adaptor.

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Check for a later driver for your wireless adapter first!
by Doh_1 / November 30, 2012 5:31 PM PST
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Before you buy another adapter, check and see if there's a newer driver for your current wireless adapter. If so, that may help you a lot.

If not, be careful to do your research before getting a new adapter, there's a lot of flaky ones out there. Check the reviews pretty carefully, and don't buy based on price, buy based on reviews (real world experience!).

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Given the age of that adapter.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 27, 2012 11:21 PM PST
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by zantaff / November 27, 2012 11:47 PM PST

Thanks for the link. That looks pretty nice.

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September 19, 2002 - Looks to be over 10 years old.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 28, 2012 12:14 AM PST

Great if it works but it is 802.11b, has no WiFi security (WEP is now considered no protection at all) so I'd put this one in the museum.

802.11b is disabled in my router. Such can't connect at all here. I also move out all devices that can't support WPA2 because the security issues have me moving it up to the highest we have today.

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