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Router problem. Time Warner had a internet problem last Sunday, April 26 here in the Northeast. They fixed it, but our internet still didn't function properly as it did before the TWC problem. Very slow connections and timing out most of the time. Talked to TWC tech person, and found out that internet was fine to my main computer, but when the router was hooked up the problem came back. Netgear WGR614 v4. Only thing TWC said was to try and change channel. We tried but problem still exists.

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Wireless Connection Drops with Windows XP Service Pack 1\015\012 \015\012 Problem:\015\012 \015\012var js_3;function initPsDisplay(){js_3 = new PsDisplay({"info":{"controller_name":"PsDisplay","name":"PsDisplay_3","type":"FormField","w_id":3},"attrs":{"label":"","tabindex":"","field_name":"description","cf_id":"","table":"answers","highlight":0},"js":null});js_3.init();}YAHOO.util.Event.onDOMReady(initPsDisplay);\015\012
\015\012 Workaround:\015\012 \015\012var js_4;function initPsDisplay(){js_4 = new PsDisplay({"info":{"controller_name":"PsDisplay","name":"PsDisplay_4","type":"FormField","w_id":4},"attrs":{"label":"","tabindex":"","field_name":"solution","cf_id":"","table":"answers","highlight":0},"js":null});js_4.init();}YAHOO.util.Event.onDOMReady(initPsDisplay);
  • This problem is fixed in Windows Service Pack 2. Read this article if you are still using Service Pack 1.
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  • These instructions apply only if you use the Windows Utility to\015\012configure your wireless connection. The NETGEAR utilities do not have\015\012this problem.
\015\012If a wireless connection drops every three to five minutes, it may\015\012be caused by incorrect security settings. To avoid this problem,\015\012disable 802.1x authentication.
\015\012To Disable 802.1x Authentication
  1. Click Start > Connect To > Show all connections, and then double-click your wireless network.
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  3. Click General > Properties.
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  5. Click the Wireless Networks tab.
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  7. Under Preferred Networks, click your home network and then click Properties.
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  9. Click Authentication, then clear the Enable IEEE 802.1x authentication for this network check box. (If you cannot click the check box, then you are not using 802.1x authentication or wireless security.)\015\012
Another consideration:
\015\012Improving Wireless Range: Overview\015\012 \015\012 Problem:\015\012 \015\012var js_3;function initPsDisplay(){js_3 = new PsDisplay({"info":{"controller_name":"PsDisplay","name":"PsDisplay_3","type":"FormField","w_id":3},"attrs":{"label":"","tabindex":"","field_name":"description","cf_id":"","table":"answers","highlight":0},"js":null});js_3.init();}YAHOO.util.Event.onDOMReady(initPsDisplay);
\015\012 Workaround:\015\012 \015\012var js_4;function initPsDisplay(){js_4 = new PsDisplay({"info":{"controller_name":"PsDisplay","name":"PsDisplay_4","type":"FormField","w_id":4},"attrs":{"label":"","tabindex":"","field_name":"solution","cf_id":"","table":"answers","highlight":0},"js":null});js_4.init();}YAHOO.util.Event.onDOMReady(initPsDisplay);
Everyone can improve wireless range and throughput by:

Wireless routers, access points, and adapters send and receive radio\015\012wave signals through antennas. The antenna is hidden inside adapters,\015\012but on routers and access points there's a visible antenna. Radio waves\015\012can be focussed like a lightbulb. And like a light, some materials\015\012reduce or stop radio waves. While light focused from several lights is\015\012brighter and makes it easier to see, several antennas in the same area\015\012cause interference — the radio signals will be muddy and confused.
\015\012Your goals in optimizing power are:
  • Avoid obstacles.
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  • Avoid interference.
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  • Increase signal strength. Power affects how far an antenna radiates.
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  • Use the equipment in places it's most powerful and most sensitive.
\015\012Antennas don't radiate equally in every direction. Just as the base\015\012of a lightbulb blocks light, and just as a light can be focussed by a\015\012reflector, so an antenna signal may be blocked and focused. Since\015\012people cannot see radio waves, you'll rely on testing and\015\012trial-and-error to get an idea of where antennas "shine" most brightly.\015\012An adapter's antenna is important, but the most powerful and sensitive antennas are on routers, access points, and detachable external antennas.
\015\012The focus of an antenna is either omni-directional antenna or directional.\015\012"Omnis" are used in most home products, they radiate horizontally all\015\012around, but are weaker upward or downward. When visible, these antennas\015\012are usually a rod a few inches long. A directional antenna\015\012radiates strongly in a limited direction. It is a flat panel or a dish.\015\012These are used for point-to-point transmissions (where two antennas are\015\012focused directly at each another). These need a line of sight between\015\012them, and preferably a large open space around the main beam.
\015\012When you are near antennas you'll still get a signal, even if you\015\012are out of the direction of its strongest signals. But when further\015\012away, you have to be in the direction the beam is the most powerful and\015\012unobstructed to receive it.
\015\012One final concept before you go to the above links is interference.\015\012Interference is a signal — one you don't want — at the same frequency\015\012as the one you're using. Interference comes from devices such as\015\012microwave ovens, cell phones, 2.4 GHz cordless phones, and copy\015\012machines. Interference is also caused when your own wireless signals\015\012are bounced off reflecting objects. Objects may partly or completely\015\012absorb signals, reflect them, bend them, or let them pass right\015\012through. Metal and water (including the water in people!) absorb or\015\012reflect signals. Air, wood, and glass tend to let signals pass with\015\012weakening. And when outdoors, plants and the weather may cause\015\012interference.
\015\012Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE Standard 802.11 specifications. Actual data throughput will vary.\015\012
\015\012Network conditions and environmental factors, including volume of\015\012network traffic, building materials and construction, and network\015\012overhead, lower actual data throughput rate.

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