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Happy New Year and Help Please!

by canadiensfan / January 1, 2009 4:24 AM PST

Happy New Year -- I am new to this forum.

I have Verizon FIOS and am using their ActionTec MI424WR Router. I have three computers hard wired into the router (including my laptop through a docking station), and two using wireless.

One of the wireless PCs is Vista, has built-in wireless, and is giving me no problems. The other is XP using a wireless card; here is the problem: whenever I have my laptop on, the wireless computer gets kicked off the network within 10 minutes or so. Rebooting the wireless machine gets it back on for another 10-15 minute session, then it gets kicked off again.

If my laptop is off the second PC maintains a solid connection.

I am a networking novice; can anyone point me in the right direction to try to fix this?

Any help very much appreciated.


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Vista death ray issue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 1, 2009 4:32 AM PST
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About MAC address filters.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 1, 2009 4:38 AM PST
In reply to: Vista death ray issue.

We note in our forum sticky these don't work, can be bypassed and can cause some routers to behave oddly.

Bottom line? Try it per our forum sticky.

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by mcmurdy1980 / January 1, 2009 4:40 AM PST

I agree with you again. All Leo was saying was that VIOS had a default setting to filter mac addresses. It's a useless filter, but it can be a headache.

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by canadiensfan / January 2, 2009 5:08 AM PST
In reply to: Vista death ray issue.

Thank you for your help; the Winsock XP Fix seems to have done the trick!


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MAC address
by mcmurdy1980 / January 1, 2009 4:34 AM PST

I was listening to Leo the Tech guy on Podcast a while back and someone had a similar issue. He recommended that Verizon's modem is locking the mac addresses. That the lady who called had to go in to the modem and tell the MAC address filter to not work. I don't know how it turned out but maybe this may get you on a path.

Now I had a situation where my router was acting up. With in 10 mins, the wireless would drop. I tried to fix it and nothing would work. So I dropped the encryption and now my wireless works fine. This seems to be a firmware issue with my router. That's another idea.

Hope this can get you on a few paths and maybe someone can help you better. Good luck

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