Lost and limited connectivity

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Lost and limited connectivity

Having searched this forum as well as others such as dslreports etc.,  I see this is a common problem.  We have 2 laptops, two Blackberry Curves, one iPad and two iPod Touches, as well as a directv receiver and a Wii all connecting wirelessly.  All of them cannot be broken, yet all of them cannot connect sucessfully for any sort of reasonable amount of time.   The best solution is to reset the RG (red button reset) and then go in and set the channel, security, and wireless protection setting back to what I have found to be the most stable.  At this point I have to reset daily.

 

It seems that there is no solution to this - why is nothing being done?  We had all this equipment happily using our DSL wireless gateway, and ever since switching to uVerse, nothing works correctly.

 

Replaced the RG two days ago, still losing connection every 4 or five minutes.  Note - this is with on single wireless device currently active (the Directv receiver is never "off"  but it is not downloading right now, nor is the Wii online playing.  All the handhelds are currently powered down, as is the other laptop.  So I do not think it is some sort of bandwidth overload.

 

This is what happens - device loses connection to internet, not to RG.  Stopping the connection and restarting it may work once or twice but eventually it fails as well.  I have disabled firewall and antivirus in hopes to troubleshoot this but it seems to be an RG issue.  Like I said above, all devices can connect to the RG.  The problem is that the RG cannot seem to connect to the Internet or to mail servers. 

 

Is anyone actually trying to figure this problem out?

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Teacher

Re: Lost and limited connectivity

I don't think anyone can help you with the info you provided. Without information from you web GUI/router config page nobody can really know what's going on. If your router still has it's default gateway ip, type 192.168.1.254 into your web browser and post your settings so people can see whats going on. I'd suggest posting the WAN and LAN IP's as well as the DHCP settings and firewall settings.

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every setting is default with these exceptions:

wps is off

channel is 11

security is wpa/psk

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Teacher

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I have the same issues. Granted I don't have as many devices connected I still lose the connections. Mine has been occurring for about 6 months now. I never really thought about it until I was resetting(not red button just powering off) my modem at least 3 times a day. I haven't tried to replace it yet until I'm a little better informed on if its just MY modem or happens to others as well. I'm not trying to hijack your thread, just wanted to chime in because your problems were very similar to mine.

 

Thanks

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Teacher

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No offense taken - not really a hijack, AND I wish someone would do a poll or something.  I am on my second RG with a third on the way, and it turns out that number two was returned by first owner for exact same reasons - it seems that the radio cannot communicate - cannot listen for incoming requests and cannot tell when a device is trying to communicate.  The installer who brought mine had an iPhone with him, and prior to swapping out number one RG tried to find my network with his phone.  All the stuff in my house already knows the SSID so it tries to connect of course, automatically.  Even if I tell it to forget, it only seems to forget the key.  Anyway, his phone could not detect my RG and he was sitting practically on top of it. That one worked for a month.  Number two worked for 2 days.  We shall see what happens with number three.

 

I have tried disabling WPS, forcing a single channel (oddly it keeps turning auto back on.  I had to tell it to go back to channel 9 three times in a couple hours.)  It did this while I was on the phone with support, also.  I think for some reason that it cannot "hear" on a channel so it just changes to another one.  If that happens as many times an hour as mine does no wonder it cannot stay connected to anything. Changing to WEP as experiment had no effect. 

 

 

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Does a wired connection to the RG maintain an internet connection? If no then it may be worthwhile to have a tech come out to check if something is faulty outside your home. Over the weekend our RG was losing the internet connection for a few hours. I call the automated support phone#, it ran a test, and created a tech visit appt.  Soon after the internet connection was back up and I canceled the appt Smiley Happy

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Have you tried to connect another computer to your wireless system?  I have 3 laptops two of them are Win7 and the other one is XP.  The XP experiences drops of the wireless connection but the other two don't.  I have resolved this issue in the past by unplugging the RG for 30 seconds and then reconnecting it. 

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Teacher

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In my case wired connections all work fine. Anything wireless goes kaput.

2 Laptops (both on XP)

1 PC(XP)

1 iPod Touch

1 MotoDroid

1 PS3

1 Wii

 

Never all at the same time. As I mentioned before I unplug it wait and plug it back in. That wouldn't be an issue if it didn't happen multiple times a day. Smiley Sad

 

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Teacher

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lostracer, I see you have some Apple hand helds in the mix. I read this today and thought it was really interesting. They also have a link somewhere on the page for info about the iPad and iOS 4.2.1 I shut down the iPad completely to see if this was the problem but it was not. We got a new RG today, and so far it has been flawless. The iPad is still shut down though. I will follow up later this week and let you know. Here is the link to the information that I found so interesting: http://www.net.princeton.edu/announcements/ipad-iphoneos32-stops-renewing-lease-keeps-using-IP-addre...
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I have noticed when there is a variety of OS's and computer brands along with phone,tablets and games that

an aftermarket wireless router seems to give the least amount of problems our company has had great results

with Netgear and Apple's Airport Extreme.

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Scholar

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I would definitely second the motion on NetGear. I use a NetGear wireless router behind my RG - turning off the wireless on my RG.  This provides me 802.11N, which is much faster (if you have N in your clients) and much larger coverage area.  My Netgear can run months (years?) between reboots.  Rock solid.

 

Another added benefit is that I then keep all my computers wired behind the NetGear, and leave my AT&T set tops and Uverse gear in front of the netgear - serviced purely by the RG.  This isolates your data traffic from your IPTV.  Probably a good thing in most installations.

 

The 2wire wifi has seemed to be a little more finicky - especially under heavy load.  Though there are millions of them out there now - and while it appears to be a common complaint on this forum ... these numbers of problems are probably typcial bad apples sort of defects.

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Scholar

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Bsdsmb, as I've now had this problem twice in the last three days, I'm interested in your solution. Can you describe exactly what plugs into what in order to create your configuration. When you have your Netgear box "behind your RG", what exactly does that look like. What do the clients see? Do you have to use a DMZ or any other settings on the RG (or the Netgear).

 

Thanks!

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We just "upgraded" to U-Verse today and all of the wired devices are losing their wifi connection but the wired devices do not experience this problem. The way we are dealing with this is to renew the lease on the connection. 

 

It appears that the WiFi devices are considered "inactive" by the router and it seems to stop listening for them. So, for example, my iPhone says it is connected to WiFi, but attempts to get data from the Internet fail. Renewing the lease manually helps for awhile. The lease timeout on the router is 24 hours.

 

Help!

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Master

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Do you have IPv4 configured using DHCP.

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Expert

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One of my Win7 laptops and an XP laptop recently started losing their wireless connections when my newer Win7 laptop didn't.  I unplugged the ac cable from the rg for 30 seconds and reconnected it.  After the rg booted back up the problem went away.  I suggest you try that.

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