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Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 17 11:14 pm    Post subject: WiFi hangups  Reply with quote    

I'm having some trouble connecting tonight: the Wifi shows as connected on the taskbar, but I appear to have no connection.
If I disconnect then reconnect it works for a while...

Could be the router, could be the PC, could be the software...

Any top tips on diagnosing which?

buzzy



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 26, 17 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I thought that was just the way wifi always worked!

Henry

PS Could be the telephone line?

Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 26, 17 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

buzzy wrote:
PS Could be the telephone line?

My first diagnostic step when the connection stops is to log into the router for a look: here I cannot, so it suggests the problem is between here and there.

Barefoot Andrew
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 26, 17 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Do you know if anything has changed since the last time it worked reliably? (Router firmware update, Windows update on your PC etc).

Get hold of a free wifi analystics app, either for phone or PC. I use NetGear Wifi Analytics for Android. It's free, and isn't tied to NetGear products.

Check for signal strength, and whether any nearby wifi is on a conflicting channel number.

A.

Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 26, 17 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Barefoot Andrew wrote:
Do you know if anything has changed since the last time it worked reliably? (Router firmware update, Windows update on your PC etc).

It is a fairly new router: we changed because the boss was having similar problems. That was not long before we went away, and I'm not sure if I'd given it a proper testing before we went.

I'm trying a different laptop right now; it's slow, but hasn't failed so far...
Suggests the problem is with my machine...
Will try my machine under Linux later: should give a clue whether it's hardware or soft.

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Get hold of a free wifi analystics app, either for phone or PC. I use NetGear Wifi Analytics for Android. It's free, and isn't tied to NetGear products.


Thanks, I'll give that a go. Any recommendations for PC? The android is a bit cluttered.

Slim



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 26, 17 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

My old router started doing that, and it got progressively worse as the days marched forward until I finally bought a new wifi router.

I know you've already said yours is relatively new, so I'm not being much help here.....

The wifi analytics tool that helped me find a less-populated channel was also useful, but only prolonged the suffering in my case.

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