December 7, 2008 at 7:43 pm #173651lizzieMember
I’ve been watching this thread with interest for a couple of days because my wifi connection has been iffy, connecting and disconnecting repeatedly and then giving me a limited connection. I use a router and a wifi repeater, and the nc10 was connecting fine to the router directly but not the repeater (as far as I could tell). Have now upgraded the router firmware (I’m of the “aint broke don’t fix it” mindset, so haven’t felt any need to upgrade for a little while). I seem to be connecting OK to the repeater now. I’m hoping that fixes the limited connection problem, not sure if it will fix the disconnections.
Sometimes I’m convinced I’m one of those people that can just break something electrical by standing near it.December 7, 2008 at 8:05 pm #173637WilliamYZFMember
I have two bridged Netgear WAP’s in my house and the connection has been rock solid. Same in my girlfriends house with her Philips wireless/modem/router network
Failure to adhere to the “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” led me to download and install the newer driver. This initially led to meltdown with no connection whatsoever. Interestingly XP complained it was not in control of said Wifi device.
I uninstalled the updated drivers and software completely and then reinstalled the updated package and everything has been hunky dory ever since.
If you haven’t tried already completely uninstall the updated packeage then try reinstalling it again.December 7, 2008 at 8:24 pm #173649JohnGRMember
I have seen similar sorts of problems with my work HP laptop and my daughters new HP – my NC10 is absolutely solid though (router/access point is a Lynksys). The speed with which the HPs connect seems very dependent on location in the house – with my work one I can be sat in the lounge, about two metres from the access point and it can take anything from 20 seconds to ten minutes to see the AP and connect; I only have to walk to the other end of the lounge (about five metres away) and it’ll connect almost straight away.
I think you might just be seeing some of the vagaries of wireless where the combination of laptop wireless device/access point/channel selection/other wireless in the area/position in the house means it works just fine or you get the sort of issues you are seeing and the ones I get with our HPs.
Anyone else seeing this kind of behaviour?December 7, 2008 at 8:33 pm #173652lizzieMember
William: That’s another thing I did (actually tried doing it a few times with old and new firmware). The other wireless client it installed was not very intuitive (from my point of view) so it was using windows anyway.
John: you’re probably right. To be honest I have never been a wireless fan, I have cables running into most rooms, with the exception of the one room I actually wanted to use (and didn’t fancy pulling up the carpet again!!).
I’m going to wait and see what happens and keep power cycling the repeater if I have to (although hopefully the new firmware fixes the issue I had).December 7, 2008 at 8:34 pm #173638WilliamYZFMember
In response to JohnGR, I did experience these problems when my neighbour got wireless. They chose the same channel as me, I switched to “9” and “G Only” and the problems went away. I have since moved but retained those settings.December 7, 2008 at 9:53 pm #173650JohnGRMember
I was using a repeater for quite a while, it was the only way I could get connectivity all over the house (all our laptops were pretty old then and using PCMCIA wify cards. Since getting newer machines I found the repeater was actually causing connection problems and since switching it off everything has generally been more reliable.December 8, 2008 at 4:34 am #173647hikerpaMember
Well now I can’t seem to connect at all but I have narrowed it down again and hope that someone might have some answers. I updated the Samsung firmware and from that moment on I couldn’t connect with either the Acer driver or the updated Samsung driver. I had been using the Acer driver and was having good luck with it.
Anyway I decided to try a few things and this is what I found out. If I disable the security settings on my router I can connect with either the new driver or the old driver.
Does anyone have any suggestions for this? I know that I shouldn’t leave the router open without security settings and I’ve tried setting it up with a wep key and wpa and I can’t connect with either. But as soon as I disable the security I can connect immediately.
I’m using a Netgear Mimo router WPN824 version 1
Really hope someone can help.
EllenDecember 9, 2008 at 1:00 am #173648hikerpaMember
Another update. I reset my router, changed all the securtiy settings and was finally able to connect. I still can’t connect with the new driver from Samsung but I can connect with the Acer driver. It still takes a little while to connect but once it does it seems to be rock solid.
Oh, I also did a full restore on the Samsung so it would be like starting from new.
Hope this helps someone else if they’re having problems.
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