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sometimes WiFi works and sometimes it doesn't - why?

by jbcamel / January 3, 2010 9:23 PM PST

I installed WiFi in my home months ago with a Belkin wireless router. The router is upstairs and the laptop is downstairs. There's only about 10' between them (if you go directly through the floor). When I do have a connection the speed is good.

Why is it that sometimes it can't find the WiFi? Message says "WiFi is unplugged". Is there anything I can do? I use this for work and it's driving me nuts. I do have a PC upstairs, but I'm handicapped and cannot simply go upstairs when the laptop doesn't work. I have noticed that this never happens in the morning so I'm guessing it's related to other wireless networks in my area interfering some how? I just don't get why since my router is closer to me than anyone elses would be.

The laptop runs Windows 2000. The PC that is hard wired to the router has Windows XP.

HELP would be greatly appreciated.


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Too many variables.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 4, 2010 12:42 AM PST

Not only that but I can't find details such as security settings and if someone hid the SSID which can cause that issue. And we could have the good old laptop failing wifi card syndrome. Some owners can't accepat that even as we demo our laptop working fine and their laptop working with some other wifi card.

Your post is incomplete. Try it per the Cnet Networking Forum preferred settings.

1. Router defaults.
2. Broadcast simple SSID.
3. Use WPA for security.

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Wifi Adapter
by rebeccasmith745 / January 28, 2010 4:42 AM PST

Hi Jane,

Sometimes wifi can be very testy, especially if it the router is out of your line of site (like through a floor). I would guess that there is nothing wrong with your router, since you say it works in the mornings when there is minimal interference from outside sources (such as other wifi networks, electronics within your home, etc...).

Thus, I would recommend that you get a wifi adapter to simply boost the signal you already receive. This way you do not have to buy a new router and your connection will stay much stronger.

I currently use a Wi-fire adapter (its a directional adapter, so you can turn its antenna towards the strongest signal) which is made by a company called hField( it really is a powerful little device. It picks up networks from my neighbors I didn't even know had wireless! Its also a cheaper alternative to buying a new router or something like an air card, since the wi-fire is only $59.

I hope this helps!

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