Message from discussion wireless dropping connections
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From: Alan McKinnon <alan.mckin...@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [gentoo-user] wireless dropping connections
Date: Thu, 01 Nov 2012 01:20:01 +0100
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Paul Hartman <paul.hartman+gen...@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 6:29 AM, Alan McKinnon
> <alan.mckin...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > I'm using wicd-22.214.171.124-r1 and a NetGear DGN2200M v2 wireless AP
> > (802.11n)
> > Several times a day, this thing just drops wireless.
> Has it always done this? If not, did anything change around the time
> the problem started? Upgrading drivers/kernel, firmware on router,
> change of internet connection speed, usage patters, etc.
It's done it since new (which was recently) and nothing else changed.
The XBox, tablets, phones and the missus' Windows laptop all show the
same problem - so it's not Gentoo :-)
Wireless was always stable on all my previous b/g routers, but this one
is n and has been doing it out of the box.
I switched it from channel 8 to channel 1 yesterday and now find it
disconnects more often. Next step I think is to try 6 and 11 in that
order whilst making the local hardware store owner weathly by buying
trunking and moving the device
> I had a D-Link router that would reboot itself every time there were
> more than 100 or so connections. That meant any time something like
> bittorrent was used, it would reboot every 10 or 15 minutes until the
> network traffic died down. The same router would melt down under the
> load from 10mbps network traffic.
> I have a Buffalo router running OpenWrt whose network disconnects
> randomly, including wired network. The box doesn't reboot but
> networking gets reset or something. Usually happens once or twice an
> hour. Stock firmware and DD-WRT also suffer from widely-reported
> disconnect issues, so this may be another defective design...
I've seen issues like that many times too.
It used to be I could go down to stores at work and book out a nice
shiny new Cisco with pro-grade wireless chips and drivers, no question
asked. Those things are rock solid and refuse to die, we have 1000s in
the field that have never been touched for years.
I can still book stuff out, but lately it's a Billion I'd get :-(
> And I have a high-power microwave oven that kills all wifi connections
> in the entire house every time it is used. The food comes out nice and
> hot, though. :)