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ATT Broadband dropped by only 1 PC in home network

by Peri Winkle / October 20, 2011 1:42 AM PDT

I have ATT's 2wire DSL gateway, and it works fine w/all but one PC. The problem PC is my HP Touchsmart. It constantly (several times each hour) gives me one of several error messages that say it's not connected to the Internet or to the gateway. That never happens w/any other computer on the network. All have wireless connections.
Is this a problem w/the PC (more likely) or the gateway (less likely, since the other two work fine)? How do I fix it?

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Clarification Request
Additional info
by Peri Winkle / October 20, 2011 1:46 AM PDT

2 of the 3 PCs sit side by side w/in two feet of the 2wire gateway. One stays connected; the other doesn't. The third sits ~10' away and stays connected.

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We covered WEP many times.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 22, 2011 5:18 AM PDT

Do we need to go over why WEP does this again?

In other words, the details in your post are slim.

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Sorry I'm too ignorant to understand what you're saying.
by Peri Winkle / October 23, 2011 2:57 AM PDT

What does WEP have to do w/why three PCs stay connected and one does not? And if that's what it is, can you point me to a solution somewhere? I'm tired of having to take IE down every few minutes. It's a real pain in the ***.

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Sorry it can't be easy.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 24, 2011 4:16 AM PDT

I can't offer a long explanation about WEP and it's issues. I can offer that we want to move to WPA2 and AES.

When you get tired of the issues you are then ready to try things.

Again, your posts are too slim. For example you could have a hidden SSID. But then why would anyone do that or know what side effects there are?

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I long the days when I could reprogram my PC at the c-prompt
by Peri Winkle / October 25, 2011 1:53 AM PDT

I do have a hidden SSID, but it doesn't cause a problem for any other PC or devise on the network.

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Then I'll wait.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 27, 2011 1:26 AM PDT

It takes time for some folk to discover what you are going through. I'm patient.

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