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Old 05-16-04, 04:55 PM
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Wireless network question

I recently bought a laptop and set up a wireless network with my desktop pc under Windows XP. I enabled the system that makes it more secure so others in my apartment complex can't hack in. Now, when I'm working on my laptop, I periodically get a message below near the task bar that says my connection has been lost and to click it to see other available wireless networks. I think these choices must belong to neighbors of mine. Anyway, I always double click my network, but how can I remain connected all the time without getting that balloon message?
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Old 05-16-04, 05:33 PM
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Did you try changing the channel (frequency) on your router?
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Old 05-16-04, 07:13 PM
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No, I haven't tried that yet. Do you mean one of 1-6 numbers? I have the Dell 2300 Router.
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Old 05-16-04, 07:24 PM
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Definitely try changing channels. I was getting all sorts of erratic connections, even different on different computers.

It took about 6 channel changes to find a good one and it's been amazingly good ever since.
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Okay, I've changed channels several times, but it is still happening. Any other ideas?
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Old 05-23-04, 04:13 PM
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Anybody? I disabled wireless security and now it works fine, but I don't feel comfortable with making my system vulnerable this way.
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How about just limiting the MAC addresses that can access the router?

Not as good as actual encryption, but better than nothing.


I'm sure instructions on doing this are in the router's manual.
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I just enabled MAC control and entered my laptop's MAC address. Hopefully this will work! Thanks.
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