Wireless connection comes and goes abruptly

  botolinosan 05:03 14 Jan 09

Hi! I have a dell inspiron 1501 running Vista and an HP Desktop (Touchsmart) also running Vista, a D-Link router. Desktop connects wirelessly with no problems. Laptop sometimes connects but recently has been having occasional problems (which means I stay 5 hours trying to figure it out). The dell connects with the cable just fine. I reset the router on several occasions (in some it worked), but the problem with the dell wireless connection remains. Any clues as to why the system is so inconsistent? Do u think it is a router or a laptop configuration problem? Or just the usual Vista crap? I've seen many forums on the same topic but none with solutions to this sort of issue...Appreciate any help!

  dms_05 09:08 14 Jan 09

The fact that LAN is OK and your wifi connection drops abruptly suggests it's interference on the wifi. Could be another user with a router set to the same channel, could be some other appliance like a DECT phone or bluetooth. Could it be your wifi card has a power saving feature and is reducing power after a certain time (thus rebboting would start it again).

  botolinosan 16:24 14 Jan 09

Thanks. It is not the wifi card configuration, I have unchecked that option...have changed also the channel to see if that will work...will let you know...

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